The Smart Cookie (Food Group)

by Jory John (Author) Pete Oswald (Illustrator)

The Smart Cookie (Food Group)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Food Group
Be a smart cookie--and don't miss the fifth picture book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Food Group series from creators Jory John and Pete Oswald! This cookie has never felt like a smart cookie no matter how hard she tries, especially in comparison to all the clever cupcakes and brilliant rolls in the bakery. Will a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of confidence be enough to help her learn that perfect scores and having all the answers aren't the only ingredients for intelligence? Jory John and Pete Oswald serve up another heaping plate of laughs and lessons with this empowering, witty, and charming addition to their #1 New York Times bestselling series! Check out Jory John and Pete Oswald's other funny, bestselling books for kids 4-8 and anyone who wants a laugh: The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, The Cool Bean, The Couch Potato, The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape! The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, the Spooky! 
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Gr 1-2--Wordplay spices up this latest entry in the creators' "food group" picture book series, as a once shy sugar cookie describes how they got over feeling lost at sea in class with some help from a savvy schoolteacher. It all starts with a chewy homework assignment from Ms. Biscotti to "create something completely original." A few half-baked efforts later--like a sculptured selfie that winds up "a complete bust!"--sweet success arrives in the form of a confessional poem titled "My Crumby Days" that earns the sugar cookie praise from all listeners. As frosting on the cake, cookie also gets the self-confidence to keep writing, to try new things, and to accept the occasional failure. Oswald surrounds the big-eyed biscuit with a diverse and similarly nongendered cast of smiling baked goods, all busily involved in play, projects, and like means of finding their own recipes for success. "There's always more to learn!" the triumphant treat concludes. "Because we're all smart cookies." VERDICT One for the shelves on cooking or self-esteem, this dishes up a nutritious message, liberally sprinkled with puns, metaphors, and double entendres.--John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, NY

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Review quotes

[T]he hilarious Food Group series continues to provide plenty of belly laughs (thanks to puns galore!) and mini buns of wisdom in a wholly effervescent package...[A]n an excellent addition to the menu. A deliciously sweet reminder to try one's unique best.—Kirkus Reviews

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I like that she is a cookie and kept trying that's what I love this book

Jory John
JORY JOHN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books for both children and adults. He is the author of Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems (both illustrated by Lane Smith), The Bad Seed and The Good Egg (both illustrated by Pete Oswald), and Quit Calling Me a Monster! and I Will Chomp You! (both illustrated by Bob Shea), among many other books. Jory is a two-time E. B. White Read Aloud Honor recipient and has won numerous state book awards for his writing. He lives in Oregon. You can find him at and follow him on Twitter at @IamJoryJohn.

JARED CHAPMAN was born in Louisiana; grew up in Texas; went to college in Georgia; lived in Austin, Texas; and now lives with his family in the piney woods of northeast Texas. He is best known as the author-illustrator of the popular books Vegetables in Underwear and Fruits in Suits.
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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 20, 2021
Food Group
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV039200 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Manners & Etiquette
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Creative ability

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