Cookie, the Walker

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Cookie the dog doesn’t walk like other dogs. She walks on her hind legs, and what a sight that is! Cookie’s walking catches the attention of a show producer, who turns her into a star. And with fame comes benefits: bacon, candy, a fanny pack, her own mini-fridge…

But the more Cookie walks, the more people expect from her. Cookie’s old friend Kevin keeps reminding her about how great her regular life used to be. And Cookie’s legs are getting tired. Will Cookie keep walking for fame and fortune? Or will she stand down and get her life back?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2013-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.2
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV031000, JUV002070, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 510
ATOS Reading Level 2.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 156640
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is an award-winning author, illustrator and cartoonist. Her picture books include Sneaky Sheep, Bug On a Bike and the Monkey With a Tool Belt series, which inspired the Netflix show Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Chris is also the author and illustrator of the comic strip Violet Days, which has been in print for more than 20 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2014


Library Media Connection

“Though the illustrative style and storyline will make this book a favorite for younger children, this ‘be careful what you wish for’ tale has several themes that will provide topics for classroom discussion with older children.” —Library Media Connection

Publishers Weekly

“Monroe (the Monkey with a Tool Belt books) explores the pitfalls of fame through deadpan narration and celebrity stereotypes, all captured in tidy comics-style panels.” —PW Online


This is for more than one reading—all the better to get the message across." —Booklist

The New York Times Book Review

“Told in a bright and fun comic-book style with plenty of illustrations that will hold readers’ interest upon repeated viewings, ‘Cookie, the Walker’ is the rare picture book that actually questions the value of standing out.” —The New York Times Book Review

School Library Journal

“Part picture book with full-page illustrations, part comic book with speech balloons and panels, the story is illustrated in a cartoonish two-dimensional cartoon style. Funny antics abound.” —School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Monroe proves here again that she is a master of understated absurdity and quirky humor….The amusingly goofy text and absurd asides will appeal to a wide age range of kids. Monroe’s detailed illustrations, which frequently utilize comics-like panels and word balloons, have a squiggly, childlike look that is both endearing and humorous.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Kirkus Reviews

“Monroe’s playful illustrations are filled with sly adult asides and plenty of detail for sharp-eyed young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews