What do you get when you combine an alien, a dragon, some pirates, an army of cookies, a crazy armadillo, and a whole lot of sheep?
The Way the Cookie Crumbled is a new collection of twelve illustrated poems. A wonderful assortment of original, funny stories to entertain and stimulate the imagination, targeted for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Parents will also enjoy the short, playful tales, filled with humor and adventure throughout.
If you enjoy books by Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl, then The Way the Cookie Crumbled will fit nicely in your library.
I received this book from the author via BookSirens for free, however this is a voluntary review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
The Way the Cookie Crumbled: and Other Positively Preposterous Poems is a collection of entertaining fantasy poems that tell stories similar to The Gingerbread Man that many of us grew up with. With the book being compared to Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, I had high expectations for The Way the Cookie Crumbled, and while several of the poems were charming and fun, the majority of the stories did not strike me as having any resemblance to Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl and because I think that comparison is not a good a one, I didn’t enjoy the collection as much as I thought I would. I think a more accurate comparison would have been The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Jon Scieszka), which would have given me a better expectation. If you’ve read that book, you would know that some of the stories end badly rather than “happily ever after”. The Way the Cookie Crumbled does have some good endings, but it also has some silly, unfortunate endings.
The story aspect of the poems are great. Each story is exciting, adventurous, and usually has abstract and interesting characters. They are definitely entertaining. But the reason I’m giving it 3 stars instead of 5, is because I think a few of the poems were poorly executed. I had trouble finding the rhythm of many of the poems, and while some did indeed rhyme and pushed the story forward in a perfect flow, there were many that felt choppy and forced. I had to reread a few of them and think about how they were supposed to rhyme before continuing, so those poems didn’t satisfy that melody that I was looking for, despite the story being engaging.
Overall, I liked it and smiled through a few of the stories, but I would have liked to see the poems executed better to reduce the amount of rereading and increase the melodic flow of the stories.