How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie /]Cgilbert Ford

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Product Details

Price
$18.99  $17.47
Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
Pages
40
Dimensions
9.4 X 0.4 X 11.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781481450676
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About the Author

Gilbert Ford was born into a family of photographers. Instead of taking up the camera, he moved to New York to attend the prestigious Pratt Institute. His illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, toys, billboards and advertisements.

www.gilbertford.com
Twitter: @gilbertford
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Reviews

"Everyone is familiar with the deliciousness of chocolate chip cookies, but did you know some people say they were invented by accident? Ruth Wakefield's lifelong passion for cooking and baking would eventually lead her to create the beloved chocolate chip cookie recipe. While some parts of her life story are straightforward, the actual invention of the tasty treat is surrounded by lore and legend. Readers will learn all three purported origin accounts, along with a little biography of the inventor herself...rich and expressive illustrations.... The lively, conversational writing style makes the book feel more like a whispered secret being passed down than a standard work of nonfiction. VERDICT: Great for more advanced elementary school readers who are ready to appreciate a few tasteful puns. Otherwise, a fine addition to biography collections."--Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Schools "School Library Journal, September 2017 "
"A chocolate candy bar cannonballing into a possessed mixer. Baking chocolate suddenly going AWOL. These are just a couple of the persistent myths orbiting the origins of America's quintessential dessert: the chocolate chip cookie. Thanks to Ford's kid-friendly exposΓ©, Ruth Wakefield's smarts and business savvy are revealed to be the true sources of the cookie's invention.... Ford's illustrations successfully evoke the 1930s and '40s, down to the comic-strip half-tone dot effect of the different cookie-genesis scenarios...pastry chefs in the making will be fascinated by this accessible tribute to a true American icon and will be tempted to try the appended cookie recipe."--Kirkus Reviews, August 2017
"The mixed-media illustrations align perfectly with the breezy, pun-filled text, aptly integrating period details, expressive facial expressions, and lots of happy crunching. This will be an enjoyable choice for one-on-one or group storytimes--just be sure to have some chocolate chip cookies handy!"--Booklist, September 2017
"Ford moves from the history of the Slinky (in The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring) to that of another American classic: the chocolate chip cookie, invented by restaurateur Ruth Wakefield.... Using traditional and digital media, Ford paints a cheery vision of Depression-era America, highlighting Wakefield's persistence and exacting nature ("Ruth's staff said she was one tough cookie to work for"). He also taps into the visual language of vintage comics to present three ways Wakefield's discovery might have come about: as an accident, substitution, or moment of inspiration. Ford casts his vote for the third option; readers will cast theirs for baking cookies from the recipe that's included."--Publishers Weekly, October 2017