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Don't Forget the Oatmeal!

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Written by B.G. Ford
Illustrator Jean Chandler
Tom Cooke (reissue)
Published 1980
1993 (reissue)
Publisher Golden Press
Reader's Digest (reissue)
Series Sesame Street Book Club
ISBN 0895777010

Don't Forget the Oatmeal! is a 1980 Sesame Street storybook that centers on Ernie and Bert's shopping expedition. Bert ties a string around his finger to ensure that he won't forget the oatmeal, the most crucial item in a long list. The pair go to the supermarket but are soon distracted by Cookie Monster, who finds that the store is having a cookie sale.

Cookie Monster gorges himself on all manner of cookies, with a few peas for good measure, leaving a trail of crumbs, broken cookies, and empty boxes in his wake. Bert dutifully reminds Cookie to pay for what he consumed and broke, but in the process forgets all about the oatmeal.



The book was reissued in 1993 with the same text, but with new illustrations by Tom Cooke.

Book and audio editions

The book and audio edition features Jim Henson as Ernie, and Frank Oz as Bert and Cookie Monster.


See also

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