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Publisher's Note:

Beauty Cookson isn’t beautiful. Her father chose her name because he wants her to be a confident, popular girl. She tries to fit in, but she’s plain and awkward. All the girls at school make fun of her and have nicknamed her Ugly. Her mother thinks she needs a fun, creative nickname, something like . . . Cookie! But kids at school can’t just be told to call her Cookie. And, even worse, her Dad doesn’t approve. His already bad temper reaches frightening new heights. Will Cookie find the strength to stand up to her dad? And will she find a way to be the person she wants to be?…


by Jacqueline Wilson

Overall Book Review:

I think the first book I read by Jacqueline Wilson was Candyfloss, a book with a cover so pink and sugary-looking, you would almost think if you licked it, you’d get a sugar rush. I probably read that book three times in one year, it was just so perfect. Recently when perusing books at a library, a books spine caught my eye. Yep, I recognized that illustration on the front. It was so similar to the art on the cover of Candyfloss, and I thought checking this book out might give me a blast from the past.

Reading Cookie did make me feel a bit like I was 12 years old again, except I noticed something while I was reading:  Jacqueline wrote the story was in a quite mature way. If I hadn’t known anything about the book before I started reading, I could have easily been fooled into thinking it was a young adult novel. I don’t often come across books like this so this book would make a great stepping stone for a girl wanting to read something more mature than what is in the juvenile fiction section, but not quite ready for “teen” books yet.

I didn’t feel like I could personally relate well to the main character, Beauty, but I think many young girls will. Having parents who don’t get along, being bullied in school, trying to escape into a fantasy world–these are all things that I hear about a lot, and Beauty has to deal with all of the above daily. Even if a reader can’t relate to Beauty first-hand, this is still a fun story to read, and one that lovers of Abby Hayes will find a fast friend in.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  5 religious exclamations; 5 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names.

Violence/Gore:  A man is verbally abusive to his family in several scenes; a man slaps his wife; bullying occurs several times (calling names); pet dies.

Sex/Nudity:  Sex is referred to in a song.

Mature Subject Matter:

Bullying, divorce.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.