Little pup Cookie endures a bouncy car journey to meet a new friend, Girl. Girl is excited to have a playful puppy and keen to introduce him to Boy. Cookie prefers to be with Girl but some days Girl is too sad to play. Faithful Cookie stays with Girl and tries many tricks to cheer her up. Girl likes to cuddle a lot and Cookie likes to lick a lot. As Girl and Cookie begin to explore more and play together Girl stops being quite as sad and Cookie stops worrying quite as much but Cookie always has more licks to keep the sad away.
This story is told through the voice of the dog, Cookie, how he interprets Girls’ sadness and his understanding of the world around him. Cookie has some interesting, humourous names for some things.
The suggestion of anxiety is quite subtle and children reading independently might not pick up on it but for children experiencing anxiety the story could be a gentle conversation starter.
Sympathetically written this is a gentle insight into anxiety and the benefits of animals as companions.
Author: Isabelle Duff
Illustrator: Susannah Crispe
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Publication: October 2021
Ages: 5 - 7 years
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? no
Would this book work as a read aloud? yes
Is there a particular country that this book is set in? no
Reviewer: Elaine Wills, Library manager, Enner Glynn School, Nelson
How are you recommending this book? Recommend
Opening sentence: I Don’t remember much before girl.
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