Books as Gift Guide

Books make the best gifts. I may be a little biased, but I love giving books as gifts. I think they offer a personal connection. You are either saying, I loved this book and I think you will too. Or, I know you love cats, science, history, etc so I thought this would be a great book for you. It means you have listened to them when they have shared something with you and that you took the time to notice.


Tough Cookie


By: Edward Hemingway

Published: September 11, 2018

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co



I loved buying new books to add to our Christmas library when our kids were little. This would be great to add to your bookish Advent Calendar or as a gift to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season.

From the youngest grandson of Ernest Hemingway and a well-known author in his own right, comes a story he wrote based on loving memories from his own childhood. When you begin the story, you think it may be a remake of the beloved gingerbread man story, but instead, there is a twist.

Tough Cookie is excited to be freshly baked and his excitement is overheard by a hungry fox. When Fox begins to chase and catch Tough Cookie, he gives the cookie a taste. Unfortunately, he informs Tough Cookie that he doesn’t taste well. After going to the Christmas spa to soak in eggnog, he still doesn’t taste good. Then Fox tries to help him run fast since Fox was able to catch him. Tough Cookie doesn’t understand because he is supposed to be a sugar cookie that is sweet. When Tough Cookie meets some new friends, he finds out what he was meant to be all along.

Tough Cookie Interior

This book is also illustrated by Hemingway and his illustrations, muted colors, and adorable characters will be loved by children and parents. The author includes a nice feature at the end of the story, recipes to make your own Tough Cookie. What a fun read aloud and activity to do with your child either as an Advent activity or as a Christmas celebration.  The book is a wonderful story and a lovely family tradition to start with your family.


Edward Hemingway

Edward Hemingway is the creator of Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, and Bump in the Night, as well as the illustrator of My Miserable Life by F.L. Block. He has written features in GQ magazine and comics for Nickelodeon Magazine, and his artwork has been published in The New York Times. The youngest grandson of Ernest Hemingway, he lives in Montana. To learn more, and for some fun downloadable activities, visit his
Instagram: @edwardhemingway


Reviews for TOUGH COOKIE:

“The funny identity comedy is sprinkled with cookie puns (“Everything I do is half-baked!”) and cinematic compositions.” —Horn Book
“Hemingway (Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus) bakes up a clever case of mistaken identity in this holiday treat–inspired tale.”—Publishers Weekly
“This sweet and silly story is about friendship and making the best of what you’ve got.”—Kirkus Reviews
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I will be linking up this review on Booking Mama’s regular Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. This is a place for bloggers to share posts related to children’s and YA books. You will find spotlights, reviews, and sometimes even giveaways by clicking HERE, every Saturday.

Check out Edward Hemingway’s illustrations in MR. FUZZBUSTER KNOWS HE’S THE FAVORITE, another wonderful children’s book, HERE.



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1 Comment

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy) on November 24, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Oh my gosh, that looks adorable!

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