Tough Cookie

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A mischievous gingerbread man comes to realize the positive effects of kindness in this story about finding happiness through helping others.


Out now with Sky Pony Press

When this gingerbread man was baked, someone forgot to put in the ginger. He’s made of eggs and cinnamon and flour and butter and sugar, but he’s missing a key ingredient! Without ginger, the gingerbread man feels like he’s not really a gingerbread man at all! He can’t be sold in the bakery, so he lives at the back of the store. And there he causes all kinds of trouble.

This gingerbread man eats the baker’s decorating candy. He throws sprinkles across the counter and squirts frosting on the walls. It’s not long before the baker has had enough of the gingerbread man’s mischief and orders him to leave. The gingerbread man realizes he’ll have to change his ways, and the baker decides to help. He teaches the gingerbread man that his ingredients don’t make him who he is—it’s his character that defines him. So the gingerbread man begins to help the baker decorate the other gingerbread men and women. He helps prepare them and makes sure they find their way on their journey from the oven to the bakery shelf. And he always makes sure to add the ginger.

This is a story about being kind and finding happiness through helping others. Sandford’s cute illustrations accompany Louise’s sweet story, and children won’t be able to resist its delightful charm.


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Illustrations: Grace Sandford
Expected publication: 3rd November 2015 by Sky Pony Press
ISBN: 9781634501972

The book trailer for Tough Cookie was picked as Book Trailer of the Day on Shelf Awareness (10.11.15)

Blurbs and trade reviews

“An attitudinally challenged gingerbread man gets a lesson in manners. . . . A didactic take on the traditional tale.” — Kirkus Reviews 

Praise for Tough Cookie

“A charming little book which is really pleasurable to read out loud.” — Book Monsters

“Children will love the story, and adults will love the lessons they learn!” — Bless Their Hearts Mom

“This book is so inventive and wonderful.” — Rose Mannering, author of The Spotty Dotty Daffodil

“Combines a lesson in kindness (perfect for the holidays) with fun whimsical illustrations.” — Green Baby Guide

“The illustrations are adorable and the writing is so creative.” — Living a Fit and Full Life

“A new take on the beloved holiday gingerbread story, Tough Cookie is the perfect book to curl up in front of the fire with and read to your little ones .” — Chester County Moms

“The illustrator and author work well together in this book to create a fun, messy, lesson about good behavior, learning to fit in, and being a good helper in the kitchen.” — Savvy Verse & Wit

“Tough Cookie is a great teaching story for our little tough cookies!” — Groovin Moms

“Since our new holiday books have arrived we have HAD to read Tough Cookie at least two to three times a day! . . . Deliciously adorable illustrations make every character come to life.” — Thrify Nifty Mom

“The simple message is to be kind and everyone will be happy, including you.” — day to day MOMents

“Not only does it have adorable illustrations full of detail,but it’s written to teach children a very good lesson.” — As They Grow Up

“Imagine a gingerbread man—without any ginger. That’s the premise of this sweet little story.” — Celebrity Parents Magazine

“Kids will love the mischief this little man gets into and how helpful he can be.” — Michigan Mom Living

“The story of a ginger-less gingerbread man who learns an important lesson about being kind and finding happiness through helping others. Super cute illustrations go along with the story.” — Outnumbered 3 to 1

“A really cool story with adorable candy-filled illustrations.” — That’s IT Mommy

“Such a wonderful book! With absolutely adorable illustrations!” — Peanut Butter and Whine

“Sandford’s giddy illustrations really stir up the madness.” — Nashville Parent Magazine

Tough Cookie definitely teaches kids about kindness, helping others and finding your true self.” — The Simple Moms

“A super fun twist on a traditional story. . . . I love the message of this book and the illustrations are adorable and very entertaining.” — Cherry Blossoms

“The premise of this book is really interesting and the message is superbly conveyed.” — The Possum’s Bookshelf

“This is a delightful story and I love this story of a different kind of gingerbread man! A Must-read for younger children!” — SoCal City Kids

“Kate Louise reminds readers that true happiness comes from within and that each person can decide for themselves how to perceive the world around them. . . . Young children will ask for this fun and funny read over and over.” — Celebrate Picture Books