The Great Cookie Thief - Starring Cookie Monster
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Great Cookie Thief – Starring Cookie Monster is a fun and educational adaptation of the classic Sesame Street book of the same title, in which the sheriff of a Wild West town suspects Cookie Monster might be stealing the town's cookies. Kids take on the role of deputy and help determine whether Cookie Monster is the thief depicted on a wanted poster by making comparisons and looking for subtle differences in size, shape, and color. Minor content concerns include a spoof of a saloon scene (it's a milk bar -- see details under "drinking") and a few in-app purchase options in the poster activity.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- making conclusions
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
THE GREAT COOKIE THIEF – STARRING COOKIE MONSTER is an interactive story about a Wild West town plagued with a serious problem: Someone is stealing all the cookies! The story is animated with highlighted text appearing in speech bubbles above the characters' heads. When Cookie Monster walks in, the town sheriff asks the reader to help compare him with a wanted poster of the cookie thief. Kids tap on similarities, and the story continues with text based on their choices. An extra activity allows kids to create their own wanted posters using a personal photo or an image of a Sesame Street character.
Is it any good?
The Great Cookie Thief – Starring Cookie Monster is an adorable adaptation of the classic picture book written by Emily Perl Kingsley and illustrated by Michael Smollin. The app's animations bring the original artwork to life with distinct character voices, fun theme music, and film-like transitions between pages. As an educational app, it stays true to its purpose with carefully supported learning tasks and a wealth of tips for parents to extend the learning.
On the down side, there is a bit of lag during scene transitions that will be more or less noticeable depending on your device. And the in-app purchases are a bit disappointing considering the target audience is preschoolers. But these minor complaints are easy to overlook, especially for Cookie Monster fans, who will be delighted to spend some quality time with the googly-eyed blue guy.
Families can talk about...
Check out the tips for parents to extend learning. The app creators provide some gems such as Tip #8: "Encourage your child to describe a character on the screen without telling you which one."
Ask kids to identify similarities and differences between items in your home. Ask, "How are these two things different? How are they the same?"