Blog Tour Review: Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A very cute coming-of-age novel about a young boy, his broken family, and a cookie store.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Shawn Amos for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: MG Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 24, 2022

It’s a summer of family, friendship, and fun fiascos in this semi-autobiographical novel that’s as irresistible as a fresh-baked cookie.

Eleven-year-old Ellis Johnson dreamed of spending the summer of 1976 hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing his harmonica. Instead, he’ll be sleeping on a lumpy pullout in Dad’s sad little post-divorce bungalow and helping bring Dad’s latest far-fetched, sure-to-fail idea to life: opening the world’s first chocolate chip cookie store. They have six weeks to perfect their recipe, get a ramshackle A-frame on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard into tip-top shape, and bring in customers.

But of course, nothing is as easy as Dad makes it sound, even with Grandma along for the ride. Like she says, they have to GIT—get it together—and make things work. Along the way, Ellis discovers a family mystery he is determined to solve, the power of community, and new faith in himself.

Partially based on Shawn Amos’s own experiences growing up the son of Wally “Famous” Amos in a mostly white area, and packed with humor, heart, and fun illustrations, this debut novel sings with the joy of self-discovery, unconditional love, and belonging.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on

About the Author

Shawn Amos is a world-renowned Blues musician who grew up the son of Wally Amos, aka Famous Amos: a pop culture icon, cookie mogul, and household name to this day. When Shawn’s not touring or recording as The Reverend Shawn Amos, he works as a partner at NYC communications firm Hudson Cutler. He is also a divorced father of three children, with whom he enjoys baking. This is his first novel.

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Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Hello again everyone! I feel like I’ve gotten into the habit of starting off my book reviews lately by saying I disagree with the genre labeling and I guess I’m continuing that! Cookies & Milk is 100% a middle grade novel, but whether it’s contemporary or historical fiction is ultimately up to the reader to decide. The book takes place in the summer of 1976 and is published in 2022. Is that contemporary? historical fiction? You decide!

This novel was a lot of fun to read and served as a great introduction to the history of the Famous Amos cookies that so many people know and love. The story follows 11-year-old Ellis Jonson as his dad sets out to start the worlds first ever chocolate chip cookie store. Based on his own history and relationship with his father and son, Shawn Amos delivers a wonderful debut novel here. Family can be complicated and relationships can hurt, but with a little love and care, dreams really can come true.

I enjoyed reading this book a lot and can definitely see how this book would appeal to its target audience of younger readers. There were a few times when, as an adult, I found myself getting a little annoyed with Ellis’ antics, especially after several of them resulted in not-so-great setbacks, but I also had to remind myself that he’s 11 years old and just trying to do his best. I’d be very curious to see how Shawn Amos expands from here because I’d be curious to read a novel of his that isn’t semi-autobiographical.

I’ve found conflicting reports on when this is published (either May 17 or May 24), but either way, don’t forget to grab your copy!

3 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos

  1. aquavenatus May 22, 2022 / 4:52 pm

    I need to make sure this book is purchased for my library. Thank you for reviewing this book!


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