“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Cookie the Walker. Written and Illustrated by Chris Monroe. Carolrhoda Books c. 2013, 32pp.
Reading Level: AD (adult directed) 350 L
Synopsis: Cookie the dog becomes famous in this story as people discover that she can walk on her hind legs and eventually give Cookie her own television show. Cookie becomes very tired from being overworked and her friend Kevin tells her that she just needs to “stand down” or walk on all four legs. Cookie stands down, is fired from her show, and gets to return home to her friends and family.
Rationale for Use: This book would be a good read aloud text in lower grades. The book has a lot of different elements in the illustrations, including speech bubbles and graphic novel-style boxes. This book could be followed by conversation about how to add different elements to illustrations in order to add detail and visual interest.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).