cover image Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

Albert Bitterman, illus. by Chris Raschka, S&S/Beach Lane, $14.99 (28p) ISBN 978-1-4169-6814-6

Rendered in Raschka's trademark loose watercolors, a child describes how a week's events are linked to seven fortune cookie fortunes, which readers can pull from the cookies via a tab. Each day, the child enthusiastically explains how the fortunes came true: "On Sunday my fortune said: ‘Today you will lose something you don't need.' And guess what? My tooth came out!" After Tuesday's fortune suggests trying to "find the good with the bad," losing a kite leads to finding a cat; when the cat disappears, the narrator abides the fortune, "Good things come to those who wait," which leads to a happy surprise ending. A tidy, perfectly paced story with subtle grace and a kernel of wisdom. Ages 2–5. (Jan.)