Review for Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom

Review for Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom, Cookie Chronicles, Book 1, Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr, Boy, Cookie, Humour, Children's Books, FriendshipWhat happens when a little boy takes a fortune cookie’s fortune a bit too serious and drags everyone in it? Pure and fun chaos!

I have had my eyes on this book for a while but I was a bit hesitant. This blurb could go two ways. Me being annoyed at the MC because of how he is overreacting or me laughing at all the silliness. In the end I decided to just give it a shot. I am so glad I did because I can tell you that I absolutely LOVED it.

Meet Ben, a boy with an even more literal mind than mine, he opens a fortune cookie and finds this fortune inside: “Live each day as if it were your last.” Now most of us would just shrug it off, but oh no not Ben. This fortune is sticking in his mind and so begins a wild and fun day of him trying to make the most of it because OMG THIS COULD BE MY LAST. Yep, this kid is going for it. He makes a bucketlist (featuring eating a whole cake which I approved of to making a Taj Mahal of 1000 pieces to helping out a friend and much more). Along the way in doing his bucket list, helping his best friend, learning scooter tricks to another friend, he gets in tons of trouble and I was just laughing my butt off seeing him get in trouble at the weirdest ways (like the time when he tried to jump that prize-winning fence… and well you have to read the book to find out).

I loved that Ben wasn’t the only one who got the fortune cookie virus. For some magical reason he managed to infect quite a few people with the “Live each day as if it were your last-fortune”. Which resulted in some hilarious scenarios. Like his dad who got some weird idea to celebrate his 10-year wedding anniversary NOW (though I cannot imagine the cake tasting good after that long, I mean, I ate my wedding cake after a year as is tradition and while it was yummy you could taste that it was frozen/defrosted).

The illustrations? TOTALLY Awesome. I love the facial expressions on the characters, I love how the story comes even more alive due to the illustrations (and also becomes even funnier). I really need to see what else the illustrator has done as I want to check out more of their work now.

I so loved Mrs. Ezra. She was definitely one big surprise. Given what the kids say about her and what she has been doing I was worried she may be a grumpy/mean old lady but actually she became one of my favourite characters.

Mona was such a fun character though I did feel sorry for her that her mom was so overprotective (or is it more like almost Munchausen by proxy?). I get that you don’t want your kids to be hurt, but this was just too creepy and you saw that it also affected Mona. She was doing the same thing as the mom. But thankfully, also trying to break out and just have fun.

All in all, I had tons and tons of fun and I definitely want more! But I will have to wait for a bit as I want to get the next book for my vacation in August. I hope I can wait that long, haha. I would highly recommend this terrific book to all~

Star rating, 5 stars

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