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The Cookie Caper by Caron Pescatore takes sibling rivalry to its legal limits. Carmen Diaz accuses her brother Robbie Diaz of eating the cookies she baked to raise money for the pet center. Robbie is well-known for his sweet tooth, but he claims he is innocent of this cookie theft. The siblings take their case to the neighborhood children’s court, where the children follow court procedure as they’ve seen on television, advised by one of the parents who is a lawyer. Both siblings have “legal representatives.” Both sides bring witnesses and cross-examine them. Carmen provides evidence (photographs of the cookies she made). Since the Diaz kitchen has big windows and the neighbors frequently look inside, neighbors are called to testify about what they observed. The kids even go to the scene of the supposed crime to figure out what happened.
If you know children who like legal dramas on television and who like to accuse their siblings or classmates of infractions, like cookie stealing, you know the audience for The Cookie Caper by Caron Pescatore. Readers will pick up details about courtroom procedure, some legal terminology, and the rules of evidence. Just because Robbie likes to eat sweet foods and was in the kitchen doesn’t mean that he is guilty of stealing the cookies. Watch the children in this story work on being fair and on the appearance of fairness, which can be legally tricky when your opponents are also your friends. See if you agree that the findings of this court agree with your sense of justice in this enjoyable little read.