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Cookie Monster The Cookie Thief

Cookie Monster stars in “The Cookie Thief,” a brand new one-hour special for PBS Kids premiering tonight, Feb. 16, on PBS Kids (check local listings for times).

A new cookie art museum opens on Sesame Street, much to the delight of Cookie Monster. Famous paintings such as “Girl with a Cookie Earring,” “Starry Cookie Night” by Vincent Van Dough and Pablo PiCookie paintings adorn the museum, but when the paintings begin to disappear all crumb-laden fingers point to Cookie Monster.

Can Cookie Monster prove his innocence with clues found by Elmo and some help from Abby Cadabby? Will he be able to find out #ChewDunnit? Or will he be banned for life from the cookie art museum and go to cookie jail?

I recently chatted with Cookie Monster, who graciously spared me a few moments before racing off in search of his next snack.

Connie: First off – the most important question – what’s your favorite cookie? Mine is oatmeal raisin.

Cookie Monster: Chocolate chippy.

You’ve been eating cookies three meals a day for years now. How do you maintain your youthful look and svelte figure when you eat cookies all the time? Do you eat anything other than cookies?

Me not eat cookies all the time. Me love cookies and me love eating cookies, but that’s not all me eat. Me like to eat fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and bicycle.

We don’t know much about your private life. Are you married? Do you have kids?

Me no have wife or kids. Me a happy bachelor.

Is Oscar really a grouch?

Yes, and proud of it.

Favorite song?

“C is for Cookie.”

I heard that’s what you like to eat… Book you’re reading right now?

“The Life of Betty Crocker.”

Favorite savory dish?

They make a delicious cottage pie at the Furchester Hotel.

Celebrity you’d like to meet but haven’t yet?

Duff Goldman from Charm City Bakery.

Favorite movie?

Me big movie buff, me been having fun doing movie trailer parodies like, “Jurassic Cookie,” “Star S’mores” and “Cookies of the Caribbean.”

Favorite TV show?

Everything on the Food Network.

“The Cookie Thief” debuts tonight, Feb. 16 on PBS KIDS, which is also debuting “The Cookie Thief” on pbskids.org/video today, as well, through the PBS KIDS Video App and on PBS KIDS on Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Roku.

A new “Cookie Thief”-themed game will also be available on pbskids.org/sesame, and parents can also download Cookie Monster’s Challenge, an app designed for children ages three to five that builds on Sesame Street’s 45th anniversary season’s curricular focus: self-regulation and executive function skills that teachers identify as critical for school readiness.

Available on iPad, Kindle and Android tablets, Cookie Monster’s Challenge offers a series of games designed to engage children and challenge them to practice self-control, focus, memory, following directions and problem-solving.

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