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OETA, PBS KIDS AND Sesame Street to Premiere First Cookie Monster Special Feb. 29
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OETA, PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET premiere an all-new one-hour special February 29, 2015. “The Cookie Thief,” Cookie Monster’s first special, builds on SESAME STREET’s 45-year history of helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder. The nail-biting, cookie-munching thriller guest stars Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live fame and celebrates the arts. “The Cookie Thief” is a fun, action-packed special in which Cookie Monster explores self-regulation concepts – such as impulse control, following directions and managing emotions.

“PBS KIDS is thrilled to collaborate with the SESAME STREET team to offer the first-ever Cookie Monster special to families,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “‘The Cookie Thief’ will delight both kids and parents with humor, mystery and ‘cookie’ art.’”

In “The Cookie Thief,” a cookie art museum has just opened on Sesame Street. Surrounded by beautiful cookie paintings, like “Girl With the Cookie Earring” and the “Muncha Lisa,” Cookie Monster and his friends feel as if they’re in a whole new world. But when art suddenly starts to disappear, Cookie Monster quickly becomes a suspect. Can Cookie Monster clear his name? Will they find the missing art in time or will Cookie Monster be banished from the museum forever?

“We are excited to help kids learn self-regulation strategies through this wonderful Cookie Monster story,” said Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of SESAME STREET. “These are important skills that all kids need when starting preschool and throughout their lives.”

On digital platforms, PBS KIDS will also debut new content from SESAME STREET in February. “The Cookie Thief” clips and the full-length special are available starting February 16 on, 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 launch on in early February. Parents can also download Cookie Monster’s Challenge, an app designed for children ages 3-5 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.