FICTION

Cookie Boo

HarperCollins. Jul. 2020. 32p. Tr $10.99. ISBN 9780062869562.
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PreS-Gr 2–Seven Halloween sugar cookies snooze in their cookie tin, waiting for moonlight to give them life. Little Monster opens the tin looking for a sweet treat, which allows moonlight to touch the cookies. The cookies jump up and shout, “Boo!” scaring Little Monster away. The cookies escape past the dog and into the night, yelling “Boo!” and terrifying the neighborhood. Little Monster finally ambushes them, capturing one of the cookies. Is this the end for Baby Bat cookie? The other cookies rescue their friend with a well-timed “Boo!” and Little Monster flees. The cookies hightail it back to the safety of their cookie tin. Readers can hope that Little Monster, shown in the background with a pile of candy, will have enough other treats to satisfy its sweet tooth. The charming illustrations manage to be both adorable and spooky, and with the bouncing rhymes and many opportunities to shout “Boo!” few will question the logic of this sugary romp.
VERDICT A fun read-aloud with eye-catching illustrations. Buy where more Halloween books are needed.

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