Last Chocolate Cookie
by Rix, Jamie; Robins, Arthur (ILT)






Directed by his mother not to eat the last cookie before offering it to everyone else, Maurice does exactly what he is told, even to the point of finding himself in outer space and offering the cookie to an alien. Original.





Ages 4^-8. When Maurice reaches across the table and takes the last chocolate cookie, his mother insists that he must offer it to everyone else first. Over the next six weeks, Maurice offers it to family, friends, neighbors, strangers, presidents, kings, and finally a monster on a distant planet. The monster prefers to eat Maurice, but his monster mother insists that he offer the human to everyone else first. So they go back to Earth where the monster offers the boy to his own mother, she accepts, and Maurice is saved. If the plot is geared to amuse preschool and primary-grade audiences-and it is-Maurice's eventual taste of his chocolate cookie will leave them laughing. Crammed with details and electrified by popsicle-bright washes, the cartoonlike ink drawings illustrate the story with wit and verve. Fun to read aloud to kids well mannered enough to enjoy a touch of anarchy. ((Reviewed June 1 & 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews






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