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The Cook and the King

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by David Roberts

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2019

The best-selling author of The Gruffalo deploys a story-telling device equally full of cunning in this witty story about the way a King is tricked into doing some work. The King demands his favourite meal – fish and chips. The Cook is frightened of all things he needs to do to cook fish and chips; he’s too frightened to fish because he might get his apron wet, or dig potatoes because he hates worms or to chop up the potatoes because he might cut himself with a very sharp knife. But is that just a ruse? Soon the King is cooking his very own fish and chips – and loving every moment of it! David Robert’s blustering King and wimpy Cook are a delight.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for February 2019:

Lark by Anthony McGowan

Two Sides by Polly Ho-Hen

The Star-spun Web by Sinead O'Hart

Boom! Bang! Royal Meringue! by Sally Doran

Along Came A Different by Tom McLaughlin

The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson

Captain Cat and the Treasure Map by Sue Mongredien 

The Cook and the King Synopsis

A deliciously funny cooking adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts. There once was a very hungry king Who needed a cook like anything . . . . . . but the king is very fussy; he tries all the cooks in the kingdom, but no one is good enough. Then he spots Wobbly Bob. Maybe Bob can whip up his favourite dinner? But how will Bob be able to cook for the king when he's scared of . . . well, everything?!

Discover how the hungry king helps Wobbly Bob face his fears on a cooking adventure across the land and sea. The Cook and the King is a brilliantly funny story from the award-winning picture book duo Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, creators of Tyrannosaurus Drip. With fun rhyming verse and richly detailed illustrations, this is sure to become a firm favourite with children and adults alike.

Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Tyrannosaurus Drip, Jack and the Flumflum Tree and The Flying Bath.

The Cook and the King Press Reviews

The queen of rhyming text, Julia Donaldson, has come up with another cracker... Accompanied by beautiful artwork by David Roberts, this book will get read to bits. - iNews

The best-selling author of The Gruffalo deploys a story-telling device equally full of cunning in this witty story about the way a King is tricked into doing some work . . . David Robert's blustering King and wimpy Cook are a delight. - LoveReading4Kids

An endearing tale of team spirit. - Daily Express

A comical rhyming tale with elegant images. - The Sunday Times Culture

A lovely rhyming tale of self-sufficiency and confidence, illustrated with humour and brio. - Daily Mail

Its message is a head-scratcher and the story asks more questions than it answers, which is all rather refreshing in the often overly simplistic land of the modern picture book... Lots to discuss over your dinner. - The Times Childrens Book of the Week

A hilarious role reversal comedy. - The Observer [The New Review]

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781509813780
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509813773
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509813780
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented prize-winning author of some of the world's best-loved children's books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West ...

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