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Wednesday 17 November 2021

Review: Cookie

Cookie is a tender exploration of the relationship between a young girl and her pet dog, presented in a unique synthesis of emotion by both writer and illustrator.

It addresses childhood depression in a poignant manner, incorporating the important role pets play in alleviating loneliness and in consoling sufferers of mental health.

Told through the voice of Cookie, the dog, the child is simply, Girl. Her younger brother is referred to by his bothersome childish expressions.

At times he is Stopit, or Shoosh. He calls Girl You’re- not-the -boss-of-me. These gems draw the reader to the reality of their situation, and the common exchange between siblings.

Another wonderful device used by illustrator Susannah Crispe to express emotions, is the absence of the mouth on Girl when she is unhappy. This also occurs on Mama’s face when Girl is sad.

It’s the sharing that takes place between animal and human that adds joy and hope and shapes  both lives. They frequently cuddle, find nice smells to sniff at, and spend most of their time together outside in nature. Except when Girl is sad. Then, Cookie makes sure Girl knows he understands by licking away her sadness.

I loved this beautifully designed and written book. It is an excellent example of a writer finding their unique voice which is an asset, especially to writers beginning their journey.

Written by Isabelle, a farmer, when she was eighteen years old, Cookie was inspired by Saffy, Isabelle’s real-life companion. Saffy can be followed on Instagram at Saffy_thepuppy.

Title: Cookie
Author: Isabelle Duff
Illustrator: Susannah Crispe
Publisher: EK Books, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 29 October 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925820959
For ages: 4 – 8
Type: Picture Book