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Charlie Cook's Favorite Book

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  963 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Charlie Cook has a favorite book. It’s about a pirate, who also has a favorite book . . . about Goldilocks, who also has a favorite book . . . about a knight, who also has a favorite book . . . . This hilarious pattern continues throughout the story, right to the satisfying and surprising end.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Stacey Scanlon
I read Julia Donaldson's book 'Charlie Cook's Favourite Book' to my reception class and they loved it! The story begins with Charlie who is reading his favourite story book - at this point the children may imagine their own favourite book and associate themselves with Charlie. From here we go on to meet a pirate who is reading his favourite book, which is about goldilocks, we then read about this story and so on. It jumps from one story to another, constantly introducing new characters. Within t ...more
Rebecca Bannocks
As Charlie Cook settles down on his favourite chair to read his favourite book, the reader is introduced to various characters, such as; pirates, bears, knights and dragons, frogs, birds criminals and crocodiles, to name but a few! The one thing all these characters have in common is that they all love to read.

This book could be used in the classroom setting to encourage boys engagement with literacy. The main character of this book is a young boy called Charlie; this would make the book more ap
Donna Mcaleese
This story begins as a young boy, Charlie Cook, sits down to read his ‘favourite book’ which is ‘about a leaky pirate ship which very nearly sank..’, the story then jumps into this story about the pirate – he is also reading a book ‘About a girl called Goldilocks and three indignant bears’ it then jumps into this story, and so it goes on. The book follows each character reading a book which is featured in a double page. Each is a mini adventure for a child as there are more stories and character ...more
I found this book extremely captivating to read and feel that children of a young age would find it exciting because throughout the book we are introduced to many different characters and stories. One could imagine children integrating well with the book.

The story begins with Charlie who is reading his favourite story book, at this point the children may imagine their own favourite book and associate themselves with Charlie. From here we go on to meet a pirate who is reading his favourite book,
Akua D
Charlie cook's favourite book is a journey through lots of popular characters that children and adults love all in one book. A boy named Charlie Cook reads and talks about his favourite book about a pirate, who is reading books he found about Goldilocks and so fourth.

The pattern progresses through page after page, finally coming full circle in a clever conclusion. The children enjoyed wrapping their minds around both the art and the story as the tale sequences through book after book. I used th
Squiff Drake
Charlie Cook settles down to read his favourite book, about a pirate who reads a book about... Julia Donaldson's story about stories comes to a neat circular conclusion after via pre school favourites of pirates, aliens, knights and a crocodile. The rhymes are clever and often witty and the illustrations are full of clever details. Like most Donaldson/Scheffler collabourations this is a huge hit with my young son who demands we read him one of their books almost every bedtime.
Mandy Sue
May 06, 2009 Mandy Sue rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-5
Shelves: childrens
Cute book about the love and joys of reading. The book is in rhyming form which kids just eat up. Overly stimulating illustrations which kind of cut the book up while you explain the pictures. Not really enjoyed by the younger kids but elementary age children will enjoy this book.
Clever book by one of our favorite authors- this one is fun to read aloud, especially when the kids catch on and join in.
This book contains a number of nested stories, using the artifice that each story ends with the character reading, which leads the reader to the next page and the next story. While this isn't an entirely new concept, Donaldson makes it fresh because of the variety of the stories -- a pirate, a flying saucer, a frog, a ghost. Donaldson's rhymes and Alex Scheffler's illustrations mean that the adult reading won't mind too much the first dozen times the listening child wants to continue through the ...more
Emma Witt
This book is very clever as it is story about people's favourite books but creates a journey at the same time. I think this book is great to show different genres but also that everybody's favourite thing is different and this is a good thing as it creates different journeys. I believe this could be used in literacy to look at different genres in story writing but would also be a good whole class read book or guided reading as pupils could discuss or answer questions about the different favourit ...more
Charlie Cooks Favourite Book written by Julia Donaldson is an exciting story that starts with a young boy, Charlie Cook who sits to read his favourite book which then has an amazing twist with the theme of many different stories in a story. Charlie’s favourite story is based on a leaky pirate ship and a pirate chief who then discovers a treasure chest and finds a book about a girl called Goldilocks and three indignant bears whereby Goldilocks is reading Baby Bears favourite book about Sir Percy ...more
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We are big fans of Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler and my four year old is busy ensuring we get the whole collection as quickly as possible!

While this story doesn’t capture the interest of Samuel, who is almost three, like a lot of Donaldson/Scheffler books do, Joshua who is four and a half really enjoys it. Told, as usual, in rhyme and with fabulous illustrations this story goes round in a full circle, starting with Charlie Cook who is curled up in a cosy
Sarah Brock
This is a story book about a boy called Charlie Cool who begins to read his favourite book about a pirate on his ship. Throughout the book there is a different character reading their favourite book on each page leading into another character reading their favourite book. The book goes through well known fairy tales and other not so well known stories such as; ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’, ‘Sir Percy and the Dragon’, ‘Rowena Reddalot a very well-read frog’, ‘an oak tree full of birds’, ‘a gi ...more
Jasmeet Dagen
This is a great book about a boy called Charlie who 'curled up in a cosy chair and read his faourite book....'. The book Charlie reads tells is about a pirate and his leaky ship, that takes him to a treasure box and hideen in it is a book. The book the pirate reads is about Goldilocks and the three bears. Baby bear discovers that Goldilocks has his favourite book abouta fearless Knight who tamed a dragon with his favourite book. The dragon enjoyed hearing about a frog who jumped on to a book abo ...more
Gianna Mosser
This pair has brought us the Gruffalo and other great stories. The cadence of the rhymes is invigorating and keeps the little ones enthralled. I loved the "meta" nature of this one, with each book within a book reinscribing the real love of reading. The running heads for each story make for a smart design that helps add to the magical feeling of books and their endless possibilities.
Before you start reading, take a glance at the opening spread. You see a boy's bookshelf, with titles such as "Fairy Tales From a Forgotten Island" and "Joust Joking!".

You're about to read from each of these books. In order.

See, Charlie sat down to read his faaaaaavorite book, about a pirate. And the pirate in his story starts reading a book about the three bears... who notice that Goldilocks stole their favorite storybook... in which a knight reads from his favorite joke book... and on it goes
Charlie Cook's Favorite Book was an excellent book which I believe would be well received in the classroom. The book tells the story of many of Charlie Cook's favorite books and the illustrations that go along with these books. I really enjoyed this book as it allowed to me to reminisce on what some of my favorite books are.
I'm a Donaldson fan. Her books are fun and engaging. My grand daughter at two thoroughly loved and continues to love "Room on the Broom." We are no sooner done reading it than she says, "again, please." We reread Charlie Cook, but it hasn't received the number of requests "Room on the Broom" and The Gruffalo have.
This would be a great book to read to a KS1 class to encourage the children to read. It starts with a boy called Charlie Cook who is reading a book about a pirate. In that book, the pirate finds hidden treasure, which is a book about Goldilocks. In that book, Goldilocks is reading a book about dragons; and so the story goes on. It demonstrates that there are lots of different types of books (fiction on pirates, fairytales, dragons, aliens, crocodiles, ghost stories; joke books; encyclopaedias; f ...more
Whole And
This book has been well read and loved at home, many times over.
Something about Charlie Cook visiting all his favourite characters from a variety of others stories, some being a bit ghoulish made the read fascinating.

A favourite at home!

What can I say about Julia Donaldson? another fine book. Illustrated again by Axel Scheffler, the illustrations bring the story to life.

We begin and end with Charlie Cook as he each story unfolds unto the next, linked with a phrase ending in ''. We travel from pirates to fairy stories, visit frogs and birds, 'Posh Lady's Magazine', the Queen and even outer space! before landing again with Charlie who is also part of our story.

Once again, children of all ages will enjoy this book, my KS2 d
Lucia Rial
A book about Charlie Cook who reads about his favourite books.
This book is 90% visual and appeals to children in KS1 - ideal for story-time.
Julia Donaldson writes in a simple rhyme and use repetition. The rhyme and repetition is in incentive to help the children to follow and join in with reading the book.

I really like the visuals. The illustrations are simple, depicting a child's thought when reading a particular book. The visuals are quite big and busy, and can form a great group discussion b
A really fun and jaunty journey through several books within a book, with all characters sharing a common passion for immersing themselves in a good book.
Oct 19, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very fun book to read aloud. The rhyming narrative, colorful and cartoonish illustrations and the entertaining way that the book comes full circle is sure to delight young readers. We looked at the book jackets in the beginning, not realising how closely they were tied to the progression of the story. And the inclusion of a magazine through us off a bit, and we had to recheck the shelf to see that we had, indeed, missed it.

Overall, this was a highly entertaining story and once again s
Cute book, promoting book reading. All the books talked about tie in to each other in the end.
Alison Dowle
Not just Charlie Cook's favourite book but also my favourite book and the children love it too!!
Alex Macphail
Clever story which goes full circle from one story through the next...
Such a cunning idea for a book. I've been the one requesting that my kids read this one with me, as it's so delightful.

A little boy, Charlie Cook, is curled up in his favorite arm chair of his family room reading a book about...As you turn the page you find yourself in the story Charlie is reading about a character who is reading a book about...and you are plunged into the next story about another story, etc., etc., etc.

There are several layers to discover within this book and my kids and I hav
Brendan Howard
Brilliant tales wrapped in other tales. Great book about reading.
Ms Threlkeld
A fun celebration of books and readers written in verse.
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I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho
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