Ellis Johnson Might Be Famous

­Hachette Audio. (Cookies & Milk: Bk. 2). Oct. 2023. 427p. $18.99. ISBN 9781668631652.
Gr 3-6–Amos delectably continues his toothsome “Cookies & Milk” series “rooted in [his] own real-life childhood” as cookie legend Famous Amos’s son. He’s again his own extraordinary cipher, immediately displaying his impressive harmonica-playing musical skills with an introductory mini-performance just to announce credits and a bonus PDF. His bluesy harmonica is intermittently interwoven through the audio since his stand-in Ellis is, of course, also a gifted player, even if he isn’t quite ready for his close-up. In 1970s Hollywood, Sunset Cookies is thriving with Ellis as his dad’s right-hand man. Although being in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade turns out to be the most embarrassing—nationally broadcast!—day ever, Ellis has plenty of other strategies at home that demand his attention.
VERDICT Amos’s already delicious story, further sweetened by his narration, is another recipe for satisfying success.

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