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The Cookie Fiasco

(Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,143 ratings  ·  326 reviews
Four friends. Three cookies. One problem.
Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . and four of them! They need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Alice Wow! I think this book is about solving a problem and sharing...or is one or the other for sure. ;-) I guess you can parse any children's…moreWow! I think this book is about solving a problem and sharing...or is one or the other for sure. ;-) I guess you can parse any children's book for a political agenda. Rainbow Fish by Pfpister could be about communism . All Dr Seuss Books have a political agenda! I think sometimes it is just a picture book!(less)

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Cookies for Everyone! This is the social Justice cry of the 4 friends who only have 3 cookies. It’s also about fractions. The artwork is bright and the characters are animated. They most scream it seems. There was not much character work going on.

I love Dan Santat’s work and I’m not feeling this one. It is a more beginning book. The kids thought it was fun being about cookies. They both gave it 4 stars.

I also didn’t like that it was book ended by elephant and piggy. I am not a fan. This was a m
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mo Willems has fostered a love of reading in the minds for many over the years. Now, there is a branch-off series full of the same emotion and easy to read words between the covers, with this one written by Dan Santat. With three cookies on a plate, everyone should be happy. However, there is a problem, as four friends want to share the spoils equally. They hum and haw and try to find a solution, thinking that cookie allocation should go by size or by who reportedly likes/dislikes cookies, but n ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
See, this is tricky. Very tricky indeed. On the one hand, as a reviewer of children’s books, not bound to any single periodical, I have the freedom to select any book I wish. As such, I like to highlight books that haven’t gotten a lot of attention. Imports, books from small presses, books that get lost in the ginormous publishing cycle each year, etc. It gives me a little kick. This isn’t to say I won’t review a bestseller, but what’s the point? The book gets lots of lovely money and doesn’t ne ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

First off—“fiasco” has always been one of my favorite words to say. It’s fun and messy and full of mischief. It inspires me to say “great word” with a big ‘ole grin on my face every time!

With enormous enthusiasm and energy, 4 friends attempt to divvy up 3 cookies equally between them. A simple story that seamlessly squeezes in lessons of sharing and math between the fun. Every all caps shout, snap, and rumble causes smiles and cookie cravings galore! Plus the look in their eyes! Haha…I laughed o
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I'm so excited about this new series! I had the pleasure of listening to Dan Santat and Mo Willems talk about this book at BEA. I can't wait to share it with students in the fall! ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been crying out, "We need more Elephant-and-Piggie-ish books!"

I've been crying out loudly.

Someone has heard my cries.

Someone has written this book.

Thank you, Dan Santat and Mo Willems.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goofy, silly, and cookies. YUMMY fun!
The Cookie Fiasco is a fun, discreetly mathematical story in an easy reader format.

Dan Santat's illustrations are colorful, dynamic, and expressive but a little bit too busy, and the drawing style is not my favorite (I personally prefer the minimalism of the opening and closing pages that feature Elephant and Piggie):

This is a great picture to help introduce the concept of fractional number sense. There are four friends trying to share three cookies. After a bit of arguing, the hippo gets nervous and starts breaking the cookies into equal parts. This is a funny book, with great illustrations to model a difficult math concept for kids to grasp.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Remember, "EQUAL COOKIES FOR ALL"! ...more
Sarah Krajewski
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My son and daughter give this book 20 stars! Laugh out loud funny!
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hippo says "When I get nervous I break things." Elephant says "Good books make me feel big things." Probably a three-star story, unless you haven't taught this lesson in fractions yet... but a bonus star for the exuberant body language and facial expressions on the friends. ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know that laughter that leaves your head hurting a little bit because you maybe need more oxygen? Where you have tears running down your face because you just can't stop laughing? That's the type of laughing I did when I read this book. The art and the voice of the Hippo just killed me.

Easy Readers are difficult to do well. It's hard to find a good balance of art, plot and easy to read. The text needs to be bigger and the font needs to be simple. This book does a great job with all three.

Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In The Cookie Fiasco, the reader is presented with four friends trying to share three cookies. Not only is this a fun way to introduce children to multiplication, but also the concepts of problem-solving and communication. As the three friends continue to argue about how to fairly divide the cookies, Hippo nervously starts breaking the cookies adding to the tension. As in the Elephant & Piggie books, this book makes for a fun story time book. The emotions exhibited by the characters makes it eas ...more
I really really really love Dan Santat's illustrations. I may have to put him on the list with Jon Klassen as illustrators I'll always read. The little models of the characters to indicate an idea are really adorable and weird. I love that this is a book about fractions without actually mentioning fractions! And I love how very important this situation is to our protagonists. THERE MUST BE EQUAL COOKIES. The way everyone flips out when the hippo keeps snapping cookies in half is just delightful. ...more
Chris Hays
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing collaboration. There is plenty of humor for adults and kids. The math concepts and beginning fractions are taught as a side piece to this story. I enjoyed the characters ideas or dreams seeing a clay-mation figurine of the others. Of course this will be an easy read aloud for students. It will also be a book for readers ready to move beyond the beginning stages.
Michele Knott
What a great combo Dan Santat and Mo Willems are. I loved Dan's voice and characters. I think his four new friends make great companions for Elephant and Piggie! ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Part of the new Elephant and Piggie Like Reading Series. This book is written by Dan Santat and is introduced by Elephant and Piggie. Very cute.
Sara Grochowski
I will never tire of Dan Santat's illustrations and storytelling! ...more
I didn't find it particularly entertaining but I am confident that a child would. It's a good first look at fractions. ...more
Amanda The Book Slayer
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
My kids really enjoy the Elephant and Piggie books. This one was, yet again, another hit. Its all about sharing the cookies equally which seems to be causing a few problems.
Jon Nakapalau
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
EVERYONE LOVES COOKIES! But what do you do when you have more friends than cookies? This book looks at how to solve issues that involve sharing - a lesson many adults still need to learn.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What do you do when you have three cookies, and four friends? How do you ensure fairness? These are the questions that Santat explores in his hilarious new easy reader, the Cookie Fiasco. Purple hippo, green crocodile, brown monkey, and blue squirrel, quickly fall into exaggerated despair, throwing out bad ideas on how to solve the problem. All the while, the nervous Hippo is unconsciously breaking each cookie into smaller bits; first three becomes six, then six becomes twelve. This resolves the ...more
Sandra Guerfi
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
If your kids loved the Elephant and Piggie series than go grab this book. Mo Willems and his two characters are introducing a brand new series called Elephant and Piggie Like Reading. In this series Willems introduces new books through his retired characters that they'd like to share with your little ones. Santat's The Cookie Fiasco is one of two titles released, along with We Are Growing by Laurie Keller.

Santat is well known for his picture books, such as the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner Beekle.
Niki Marion
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Still weird frame narrative I think is unnecessary, but Dan Santat's story engaged me more than Laurie Keller's.

This book was great for introducing hypotheticals. Santat used a different medium, sculpture, to indicate potential situations being suggested by "could" and "should" words. It also slyly incorporated fractions and math concepts without being blatant--Hippo keeps breaking the cookies because Hippo is nervous, and the four friends end up with 12 cookie pieces: enough for three pieces e
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Hey, guys! COOKIE TIME!

Premise/plot: There are FOUR friends and only THREE cookies. Since each believes in EQUAL COOKIES FOR ALL, this is a big, big problem. Can these four solve the problem in a way that's equally agreeable. Each initially has a suggestion, but, all suggestions are not equally fair.

My thoughts: This book is the first in a new series of easy readers: Elephant & Piggie like reading. The book begins and ends with Elephant & Piggie deciding to read Dan Santat's The
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, friends, easy-reader
I love Elephant and Piggie books. I love Dan Santat books. I find it odd that Elephant and Piggie are introducing this book. I think I would have liked it better if Dan's story just stood on it's own. Kinda weird to me that Elephant and Piggie basically introduce and conclude this book. Maybe that will grow on me...but I kinda just wish Dan's portion of the book was by itself. And I could totally see Dan's characters doing more Easy Reader type of books. They seemed like fun characters... Overal ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I like that this book uses a big word like "fiasco" It is about 4 critters 3 cookies. How can everyone get a share? I read a comment that this book is was about socialism where everyone gets an equal share no matter how big or small the critter is or if they deserve to have it. Of course all children books can be parsed for subtext, however I think this book is about problem solving and getting along!
Cute pictures and if you want to go there, it gives you something to think about on a deeper adu
"Hey guys! Cookie Time!"

What a delightful way to count cookie pieces and share with friends. Okay, Hippo is a nervous sort and when he gets nervous he snaps things.... "Hippo! What are you doing?!" "Gah! I break things when I am nervous!" So 3 cookies soon become 6 cookies and so on... Math made fun and silly all at the same time. Reading about Elephant and Piggie reading the book was extra silliness. Thanks Dan and Mo.

I did get hungry for cookies by the time I reached the end.... I still need t
Well, not quite E&P--though wonderful to see them in the book. And Pigeon, too. I liked the illustrations. I like that the problem gets solved. But a couple of the page spreads were really busy for me. If I could nail 4 voices/accents (which is hard enough to do 2!), then I could try this in storytime. But even then I don't know how well they would enjoy some of those busy page spreads. Will think on it. ...more
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