All parents know how hard it is to get kids even to eat what’s good for them, let alone get them to like it. This funny story, which should have youngsters laughing aloud, serves as a gentle reminder to all of us that while there’s nothing wrong with enjoying an occasional cookie, there are better things to eat than a steady diet of sweets with empty calories. Author and illustrator Lisa Woomer, a former schoolteacher and the mother of two, has studied fitness and nutrition as a hobby for many years. She wrote Cookie after the birth of her first child, who turned out to be a picky eater, in hopes that this story would motivate other children to choose a healthier diet. I give it five stars for providing an important message in such an entertaining way.