Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont with illustrations by Eugene Yelchin goes on my preschool/kindergarten list for Cookie StoryTimes. Wonderful simplicity perfect for quick reading to and with young children. Easy rhymes. Repetition to aid beginning readers. Simple words with only the animal names being new. Students learn immediately how to pronounce dough and it’s reinforced on every page.
I love the illustrations in this book. There is plenty of white space so I can direct action with beginning listeners. The animal expressions are priceless. They manage to look innocent and guilty at the same time. It is extremely interactive. I haven’t managed to read it to any child yet without them joining in immediately. Jason and Kristie insist this is a great book and I should go back to their house at bedtime to read it again. Could I have a poster of the double-page spread Eeny, meeny, miney, moe! Who ate all the cookie dough? I think it would make a wonderful poster. I’m almost tempted to buy a second copy just so I can tear it apart and display it. Maybe Henry Holt could scan and make that a downloadable page on their website just for us to print. <hint, hint>
Add this to your emergency stash. You know, the book you pull out when you’ve lost control or interest and need everyone in the group to refocus and participate. What? You’ve never lost control of a group of 3 year olds? Gosh?!
I may be the only one who needs a favorite to keep on hand. For example, when a spider suddenly drops down from the ceiling to land on your book right in front of a group of kindergartners. Tell me you’ve never experienced the scream of spiders in storytime! Usually I chant a nice Little Miss Muffet rhyme while I relocate the spider to my courtyard. Then it’s time to resettle the group. Tell me that you don’t have a favorite like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, or Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, or Seven Silly Crocodiles waiting for emergencies?! Maybe you focus with quick rhymes like Criss-Cross Applesauce hands in your lap? I refuse to believe you don’t need a little crowd control.
In any case, you will need multiple copies of this title. I hope it’s picked up for the bookfairs in paperback so every classroom can have a copy. Of course, I believe classrooms should have stronger hardcover copies to last and remain beautiful longer. Guess you’ll have to go get yours quickly.