WHAT do cookie monsters do when they're not eating cookies?
They travel around Australia and have fun brightening up children's days like the ones at Community Kids, of course.
Yesterday the bright blue monster paid a visit to the Gympie kids in the childcare centre at Tozer Park Rd.
At first the children were a little apprehensive, but after a few minutes they were high-fiving and cuddling the Sesame Street star as if they were old friends.
Childcare worker Bec Goodman-Jones said the children knew about Sesame Street and so did parents who came along, having grown up with the educational TV show.
Some kids were delighted to see Cookie play outside in the sandpit with the blocks and jump up and down.
A monster of few words, he did explain he loved cookies.
"Me love cookie, and me wondering if you have cookies in Gympie? Oh boy, oh boy, me can't wait to eat cookies in Gympie! Me also want to eat carrot, apple, banana, and even vegemite in Gympie. Oh, me gotta go - me so hungry! Om nom nom!"
Cookie Monster is travelling the nation in the lead-up to Sesame Street Presents Elmo's World Tour, which comes to Gympie in April.
Life Like Touring developed and wrote the musical.
In the show the Sesame Street gang - Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe and Cookie Monster - use the letters of the alphabet to navigate a voyage through imagination in which they visit China, Zambia, France, India and Australia.
Elmo and his friends will have fun learning how people sing and dance and say hello in different places, but things don't go to plan when Cookie Monster eats a letter of the alphabet.
To see Elmo's World Tour in Gympie on April 14 at the Civic Centre, visit SesameStreetPresents.com.au or win tickets by checking out The Gympie Times Kids Page in March and April.