Reader Reviewed Charlie Cook's Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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The Lovereading4Kids comment

There are lots of reading jokes in this book within a book, within a book: pirates and robbers settle down with their favourite stories and the Three Bears discover Goldilocks reading their favourite book (after having eaten their porridge, of course). It’s all written in bubbly rhyming verse matched with vigorous illustrations which make extensive play of the central joke. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Monty Benton, age 6 - 'This book is fantastic and very clever. Each page leads to another story!'
  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 6 - 'It is hard to believe it is a 10 year old story, it seems as fresh as any modern day fairy story that we read.'
  • Jamie Simmons, age 4 - 'An amusing rhyming short story which took our imaginations wandering...'
  • Emma Johnson, age 5 - 'Wonderful to have a new copy of one of our much loved and favourite books!'
  • Heidi Agnew, age 6 - 'I read it to my brother who is 2 years old. He liked the dragon on the front cover.'
  • Ellen Hall, age 5 - 'I love this book because all of the tales are really good. I especially like the ghost story.'
  • Robyn Chorley, age 6 - 'Robyn loved this book especially the way each book was within another book right the way to the end. "It did make my mind go a bit bonkers trying to follow it!" In a good way.'
  • Finley Mcmaster, age 3 - 'Finley and I have thoroughly enjoyed it, we have read it every night since it was received.'
  • Liam Hill, age 5 - 'Crocodiles, Pirates, frogs and aliens. they are all my favourite.... I love the ginormous cake and the spaceman who gets a slice of the cake. Everything rhymes!'
  • Zara Kemal, age 8 - 'Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book is a fairytale full of pirates, knights and dragons! I would recommend the book to other children who like fairytales and adventure.'
  • Darcey Mcilroy, age 7 - 'This book is a fantastic book which made me laugh.  I loved looking at all the pictures and finding the little characters with my mummy.'
  • Huxley Glen, age 4 - 'This was a very good book, really colourful illustrations which really brought the story to life.'
  • Rebecca Urquhart, age  5 and her mum Alison - 'I think this book is good because it is funny and has lots of different stories in it.'
  • Matthew Wilson, age 7 - 'A book in a book in a book in a book...'


Charlie Cook's Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson

Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog...

From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there's something for everyone in Charlie's amazing book of adventure! Charlie Cook's Favourite Book is both entertaining and original - a sure-fire winner from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

This edition features the classic story with a stunning, redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small!

Also available with redesigned covers are The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle and A Squash and a Squeeze.


'The picture book of the season.' The Bookseller

'Both the words and the illustrations are full of fun and jokes ... above all, it proves that reading is irresistible.'

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo, the latter of which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 languages and been adapted into a popular animated film. She was the UK Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Literature. Julia lives in West Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

21st April 2016




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