The Gryphon Press Buddy, Unchained A Horse Called Lucky At the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy Always Blue for Chicu
Cookie’s Fortune Find us on Facebook
Cookie's Fortune © The Gryphon Press

by Lynda Graham-Barber
illustrations by Nancy Lane

ISBN: 978-0-940719-39-2
$17.95 trade cloth

October 2017

24 pages
color illustrations throughout
For ages 3-7

Order from
or your local bookstore.
< Return to main books page

In simple, poetic language, with captivating art that portrays the challenges of a huge city, Cookie’s Fortune depicts a stray dog as she searches for food, shelter, and comfort. Compelling and age appropriate, this adorable stray’s quest will engage animal-loving children, their parents, teachers, and librarians with its message of hope and compassion.

The story is based on the author’s own adoption of a dog she saved from a subway station. The final page is filled with information for parents and other adults who want to learn more about the subject.

* * *

PRAISE FOR Cookie’s Fortune:
“In spare, lyrical text and touching illustrations this small book takes us on a journey into compassion.  May every lost little dog be blessed with Cookie’s fortune, and may you and I be part of that blessing.”
 —Marion Dane Bauer, author of twenty-four children’s books, Newbery Honor Recipient,
The Golden Kite Award, The Jane Addams Book Award, and the Stonewall Book Award.
“Lynda Barber's poignant story and Nancy Lane's affecting illustrations make you want to run right out and rescue a dog for the sheer joy it brings to both of you.”
Ted and Betsy Lewin, Caldecott medalists,
Peppe the Lamplighter,
Click, Clack: Moo Cows That Type
“Just what every young reader needs - a hero who is cute as a button, scrappy, sniffy, stinky, and looking for love! Lynda Barber's story, filled with perfect read-aloud repetitions, does Cookie proud.“
Julie Larios, author, teacher,
Pushcart Prize winner
“Little dog lost—and found … The text tells a story, painting wrenching scenes … and affirming ones … (illustrator Nancy Lane) has a sure hand at conveying a dog's look—the drape of a paw, a wary or trusting tilt to the head—and keeps the cityscape more fascinating than nightmarish. Moving in all the right ways, which include the optimism of a happy ending.”
Kirkus Reviews


Lynda Graham-Barber,abiding passions for writing and animals have intermingled for four decades, as children’s book editor, writing teacher, author of thirteen books, including Gryphon’s Kokocat: Inside and Out, and an animal rights advocate. Lynda holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College.

Nancy Lane is an accomplished artist, teacher and illustrator of more than twenty-four books, four of which have been published by The Gryphon Press: A Home For Dakota, Call The Horse Lucky, The Forgotten Rabbit, and KoKoCat: Inside and Out, also authored by Lynda Graham-Barber. Kirkus Reviews had this to say about KoKoCat: “Lane’s beautiful, bright watercolors depict an amazing array of emotions on the face of the realistic protagonist.”

The Gryphon Press, a voice for the voiceless .