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Full of energy and scientific fun this will inspire some young scientists – the start of a new series
Winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award best read for 7-9 year olds 2020
Well-known children’s TV presenter Konnie Huq has created this delightful novel, illustrated throughout with small sketches and some very humourous footnotes! Cookie is a bright, bold character, who doesn’t understand the word no, who leaps in with both feet – and so gets herself into trouble just a little too often. When her best friend announces her family plan to move away Cookie is bereft – not helped by the arrival of a very annoying boy – who moves in next door to Cookie. Cookie wants to represent her school on the Brainbusters TV quiz programme, but to do so she must win the Y5 science project – will she do it?
The storytelling is funny and energetic – just like Cookie. There are some real laugh out loud moments, paired with explanations and methods on the science experiments described in the book – and hints on how to do them safely at home. A real pleasure to have a book encouraging scientific exploration in such a fun way – and such a strong young female character.
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A brilliantly funny new series written and illustrated by BBC Blue Peter's Konnie Huq, featuring chaotic family life and madcap school science projects!
Cookie's life is basically over. Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy. But Cookie has never been a fan of the word 'no' so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then . . . DISASTER!
The most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! And if that wasn't bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH! But it's not all bad . . . Cookie gets the chance to go on her favourite TV show, Brainbusters. It's only a chance though - she'll have to win the school science competition first. It shouldn't be too hard . . . all she has to do is keep her head down, and not get too over-excited. Unfortunately that's not Cookie's strong point . . .
Smart, funny and full of warmth, just like its author. -- David Walliams
A fresh and very funny story about an endearing British Bangladeshi nine-year-old - it's clearly going to be a BIG HIT. -- Jacqueline Wilson
This is the perfect all-round adventure for middle grade readers. - Garstang Courier
A hilarious and charming tale of a feisty girl who loves science. - Good Housekeeping
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: Piccadilly Press an imprint of Templar Publishing
|Publication date:||6th February 2020|
|Publisher:||Piccadilly Press an imprint of Templar Publishing|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Humorous, School Stories, Science|
|Collections:||Girl Power - Inspiring and Informative Books with a Feminist Edge,|
As the longest serving female Blue Peter presenter, from 1997 to 2008, Konnie Huq is no stranger to the middle-grade market. She is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust and the British Asian Trust. This is her first foray into children's books and Cookie is inspired by Konnie's own London Bangladeshi background, her love of science and her unashamed nerdiness! Photo credit Ed MillerMore About Konnie Huq
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