Yearling Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie Thief
Yearling Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie Thief

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie Thief

By Matthew Swanson


Publication Date: August 8, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Justice is sweet when a school bully gets a taste of his own medicine. A hilarious new Cookie Chronicles adventure that middle-school readers who love Wimpy Kid and Dog Man will gobble up with gusto.

"Impossible to resist.” —Lincoln Peirce, New York Times bestselling author of Big Nate.


When Ben's fortune cookie tells him that the best things in life are free, he believes he can get anything he wants without paying for it—as long as it's the best. But Ben’s dreams of free cookies and fancy scooters are quickly dashed when schoolyard bully Flegg McEggars steals his fortune.


Ben will stop at nothing to get his fortune back, but bringing the thief to justice will be no easy feat. He has to lawyer up, gather witnesses, and present his case to the fifth graders in Kid Court. Along the way, Ben learns that crime comes in many forms and the real villains are not always the people we first suspect.


From the husband-and-wife, author-and-illustrator duo that brought you Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom comes a tale of truth, justice, and the pursuit of cookies.

Story Locale:Anytown USA

Series Overview: COOKIE CHRONICLES is a richly-illustrated middle grade series starring 9-year-old Ben Yokoyama, who gets a new fortune each book, and goes on a new adventure as a result. We have five books planned so far, each spaced 9 months apart.

About the Author

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr are the husband/wife, author/illustrator team behind The Cookie Chronicles, The Real McCoys, Babies Ruin Everything and Everywhere, Wonder. These days, they spend most of their time making books and raising four kids. They spend the rest of their time speaking, teaching, and leading workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship-and in the summer, running a commercial salmon fishing operation on the Alaskan tundra.

Author Residence: Chestertown, Maryland

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Yearling

Publication Date: August 8, 2023

ISBN: 9780593432990

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