CookieBot!: A Harry and Horsie Adventure
written by Katie Van Camp; illustrated by Lincoln Agnew
2011 (Balzer and Bray)
Source: Mebane Public Library
Necessity is the mother of invention, so when Harry and his stuffed pal Horsie want cookies for a snack and the treats are out of reach, it's time to pull out the blueprints and build. The result is CookieBot. He is plenty big. Harry can maneuver him from outside his family's apartment building and reach the robot's arm inside to grab the cookie jar. Unfortunately, Harry may have done too good of a job building this sweet thief. CookieBot decides to empty the cookie jar in his mouth instead of giving the jar to Harry. Now CookieBot is running wild in the city and Harry realizes there is no off switch. It is up to Horsie to save the day with a trick right out of the King Kong playbook.
I enjoy and appreciate books that show children using their imaginations. Harry and Horsie are a dynamic duo who show us how much fun you can have in your everyday life. Lincoln Agnew's primary color illustrations have a great comic book style that doubles the fun. CookieBot! would be an excellent resource for teaching sequence (great transition cues) or for a lesson on writing narratives.
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