Cookie Monday + I Am Not A Fish


July 23, 2019

Cookie Monday + I Am Not A FishI Am Not a Fish! by Peter Raymundo
Published by Penguin on 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Animals, Fishes, Humorous Stories, Social Themes, Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 32

For fans of Ryan T. Higgins and Jory John comes a humorous and "splashy" story from a former Disney animator, about a jellyfish with an identity crisis who learns how to be himself with a little help from friends.
Edgar is a jellyfish, but he doesn't look, act, or feel very much like a "fish." With a little help though from some friendly starfish, Edgar realizes that labels aren't important, and he should celebrate what makes him unique!

We received the best book box from Penguin Random House Kids and I told the kids we should pick one book out of the box to do an activity with.  After reading all the books and much debate (amongst my kids), they chose the book I Am Not A Fish. They decided it was good because it helps you know that no matter what others think of you–You can still be YOU! It also teaches kids to be good listeners to their friends.  And they said it is good because it teaches kids a little more about jellyfish.  So, when the review day landed on a Monday, we knew we had to tie in cookies somehow…so we made Jelly (really Jam, but that just doens’t fit the theme as well 🙂 ) cookies.

Edgar is a Jellyfish, and he’s been called one his whole life, but this is has caused all kinds of confusion for him, because he is not a really like a fish.  He doesn’t have fins or a gills or scales.  Edgar has tried to fit in with the other fish, but he just doesn’t, but with a little help from some friendly starfish, Edgar is reminded that labels are the most important thing, rather being true to himself is the most important thing he can do.

Linzer Jam Cookies


3 1/4 cups of flour

1 Cup of Sugar

1 1/2 Cups of Butter

2 Tablespoons Water

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1 Cup of Jam

Confectioners Sugar (for dusting the cookies)

Jalapeños (chopped and deseeded optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a bowl add your butter, sugar, and vanilla and mix with an electric mixer
  3. Add the  flour, water, and salt and mix until it all comes together
  4. Split the dough in half and form both halves into a disk shape.  Cover it with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 mins.
  5. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and your rolling pin. Roll each of your disks of dough out until it they are 1/4 of an inch thick
  6. Using a cookie cutter cut your dough into shapes and make holes in the middle of half of your dough shapes with another cookie cutter
  7. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your cookies on the baking sheet.
  8. Put your cookie sheets into the freezer for 15 mins prior to baking, place the cookies directly in the oven from the freezer
  9. Bake your cookies for 15 minutes
  10. Once the cookies are baked and cooled to room temperature, sprinkle the top cookies with powdered sugar
  11. Spread Jam across the solid square cookie and place the top cookie on top
  12. Sprinkle Jalapeños on the center Jam square (Optional, but this was by far the favorite way to  eat them by most of us…kids included!)


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