Book Review: The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher by Robert Kraus

Title: The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher
Author: Robert Kraus
Illustrator: VIP
Publisher: Purple House Press
Released: Original release 1969, Re-released in 2010
Website: Purple House Press

In a snow covered village, while children all sleep,
the Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher, lands with a leap!
All the sprinkles he snitches, it’s his Christmas fun,
but without sprinkles the baking cannot be done!
The villagers panic, but says Little Nat,
“I’ll track down the Snitcher wherever he’s at!”

Will Nat find the Snitcher? Will the Snitcher relent?
Will the cookies be baked? Will the Snitcher repent?
Will Nat lose the trail? Will he fall through the ice?
If Nat finds the Snitcher, will the Snitcher be nice?
These questions are answered for all to enjoy!

About the Author
Robert Kraus was the author and illustrator of more than forty books for children including Leo the Late Bloomer and Milton the Early Riser. His cartoons appeared regularly in The New Yorker magazine until he started his own publishing company, Windmill Books, Inc.

About the Illustrator
In the Islands called Pribilof where fur seals do bark,
was born Virgil Partch who as Vip made his mark.
He worked for Walt Disney, made Mickey Mouse walk,
pulled Pinocchio’s strings, made Donald Duck squawk.
For cartoons unique he won further fame.
Vip was the tops in the comic art game.
He dwelled in a cliff house on the Ocean Pacific,
drawing pictures inspired by his genius prolific.
His wife he had one, his children are three,
his cats numbered nine – six siamee.
And now for every girl and boy,
Vip’s first children’s book is back to enjoy!

My Review
This was my FAVORITE Christmas book when I was younger.  The copy I had was so tattered and worn and falling apart I was thrilled while browsing Amazon a couple weeks ago to find it had been re-released. I was so excited when a new hard bound copy came in the mail last week.

The story has similarities to How the Grinch Stole Christmas and makes a great read aloud.  At my children’s elementary school the teachers ask parents to come in to read a Christmas Story and I chose this one.  Paired with a plate of sprinkle covered Christmas Cookies it was a big hit.

I still love the illustrations and the rhyming text.  A definite Christmas classic that has withstood the test of time.

Rating: 5 Stars – I love it!

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