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COOKIE by Jacqueline Wilson


by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59643-534-6
Publisher: Roaring Brook

Beauty Cookson’s father, Gerry, a scheming, status-conscious real-estate developer, is unpredictable and controlling at home. His third, trophy wife is intimidated by him but protective of Beauty, their shy daughter, who is picked on at school and who often retreats deeply into the protective world of her favorite TV show, the gentle, babyish Rabbit Hutch. When Gerry crosses the line into physical bullying, Beauty’s mother finally decides to leave and take Beauty with her. Wilson’s extraordinary strength is the reliable, deeply comforting nature of her fiction, in which tough subjects are made approachable for younger readers. While she presents a scary situation for Beauty and her mother, the author smoothly removes them to safety and independence. Mother and daughter find ways to be resourceful and sheltered and draw on strengths (including cookie baking) they didn’t know they had. Though the resolution may seem like pure wish fulfillment, it is gratifyingly believable. Sharratt’s trademark illustrations lend their own kind of comfort by giving a quick graphic preview of what’s to come in each chapter. (Fiction. 8-11)