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Charlie Cook's Favorite Book

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,014 ratings  ·  178 reviews
A clever and funny ode to reading and books from the creators of The Gruffalo.

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 surprising conclusion. Told in ro

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Dial Books (first published 2005)
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Sophia Triad
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
A book inside a book inside another book inside another book inside another book etc.
Until everything comes a full circle.
Charlie Cook is a very lucky bookworm.
....And Charlie Cook's favourite book needs to be read aloud if you need to have the perfect rhyming in full effect.
Louise
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A mixture of stories linked by the characters who loves reading them.
Trelawn
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun book about books. Charlie is reading about a pirate who is reading about Goldilocks who in turn is reading her favourite book and on it goes :-)
Paul
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good kids book all about how wonderful book are. Who doesn't want that message passed to a child especially in the wonderful rhyming of Julia Donaldson.
Highly recommended .
Dianna
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book within a book within a book . . . this one is so clever. My son and I really enjoyed it.
Amrit
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Instantly recognisable from the front cover this is one of Julia Donaldson’s exciting rhythmic stories. This book takes the reader on a magical journey exploring different stories and settings. The story begins with Charlie Cook, a little boy who begins to read his favourite book about Pirates. This sets the scene of the many encounters with; princesses, ghosts, dragons, fairy tale characters and their favourite books on each page. Most of the characters are borrowed from other well know Julia D ...more
Stacey Scanlon
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joey Woolfardis
This one is brilliant. It has a great linking storyline that is neverendingly enjoyable (until it ends, obviously). Far-fetched but a delight.
Megan B
I would have given this book 4, maybe even 5 stars except for the page with the ghost-girl who carried her own head in her arms. I thought that was pretty unnecessary.
Amy Beckett
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I loved this one by Julia Donaldson! It is such a brilliant way to engage children with different texts in a visually and rhythmically pleasing way. Not only does the story function as a sequence in portraying the different characters’ favourite story book, but it also exposes children to non-fiction texts such as magazines and newspapers. I think this book could be used as a really effective example for children to create their own bookshelves; allowing them to identify their favourites texts. ...more
Maria Fernanda Gama
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Very cute!
Linnea
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
The rhyme and cyclicality of this book is just so darned fun. All the silly twists and turns remind me of how I felt as a child reading The Jolly Postman.
Rebecca Bannocks
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eileen
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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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
Akua D
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Squiff Drake
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Anna Nesterovich
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A wonderful picture book exploiting an old trick. Each page is a different little story that the hero from the previous page reads about. Everyone in this book reads a book! So encouraging for young readers. I must admit it's not the best children's book ever, but it is a solid creation. Not all the books on a kid's shelf are the best books ever :) This one certainly deserves a place on any such self.
Mandy Sue
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Leslie L
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-books
Clever book by one of our favorite authors- this one is fun to read aloud, especially when the kids catch on and join in.
Katherine Guy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Once upon a time there was a boy called Charlie Cook who curled up in a cozy chair and read his favorite book…”

Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book is a story that includes multiple fantasy mini-stories throughout. Each story includes a character reading their favorite book. First, Charlie begins reading his favorite story about a pirate who was forced to walk the plank only to end up on an island where he finds a treasure chest. Inside the treasure chest was a book that was about Goldilocks and the T
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April
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classroom-reads
During read aloud time I allowed one of my students to select a book for us to read, and this was the book selected. I did not know anything about the book at the time, but I am so happy that I have read it. It's a magical journey about all the adventures one can have while reading. It begins with Charlie Cook sitting in his cozy arm chair and reading his favorite book about a pirate, and continues with the pirate reading his favorite book about Golidlocks, who is reading her favorite book, and ...more
Madison Monaco
Book Title: Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Genre: circular book, predictable book
Theme(s): books, fairytales, animals
Opening Line/Sentence: “Once upon a time there was a boy named Charlie Cook who curled up in a cozy chair and read his favorite book…”
Brief Book Summary: A boy named Charlie Cook has a favorite book, and the character in his favorite book also has a favorite book…The story continues in this pattern until the end, with a not so surpris
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McKenzie Richardson



For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-CycleOh my gosh, this is such a creative idea of a book. While the book doesn't tell a fluid story, it is still very entertaining nevertheless. It is basically if Inception was a children's picture book. I love Julia Donaldson's books. They are always sure to delight.Axel Scheffler did the illustrations for this book and I loved all of the possible references to the other books, such as the owl and squirrel from The Gruffalo and the frog from Room on t
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Crystal Blake
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leia (my 5 year old daughter) is currently on a mission to purchase or read every Julia Donaldson book she can find. We had this one as part of audio cd collection but have recently purchased it as a softcover book. It's a great choice for reluctant readers like Logan (my 7 year old son), because what better way to sell reading as cool than a book about reading books. This was our world book day bedtime read and has become her new favourite. Lovely illustrations and a nice change from her belove ...more
Slow Man
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Once upon a time, there was a boy who was reading his favorite book about a dysfunctional family who were yellow and not mellow. They have a precocious daughter who loves to read. One day her coarse voiced mum called out to her when she was reading her favorite book about a rich Edinburgh's philosopher who has a knack to help solve complicated problems. She has husband who is a handsome bassoonist and much younger than her and a housekeeper who has been raising her and now her child, Charlie. Ch ...more
Leah Hahn
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This was a fun book to read. It was about Charlie Cook and his favorite book. While reading his favorite book, there is a character reading their favorite book, and in that book there is a character reading their favorite book, and in that book there is a character reading their favorite book, and so on and so forth. It was engaging for my Pre-K kiddos because each page was like a whole new story!
Debra
Quite fun! Charlie Cook settles down in a comfy chair to read his favorite book. As he reads, the character in his book finds a book in a treasure chest about the Three bears who find Goldilocks in bed reading the baby bear's favorite book. Each page find the addition of a another book. At the end all the characters are standing in Charlie Cook's room waiting for .......
Now it could be your turn to draw, tell and/or write your adventure.
David  Ballard
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A slightly different book to the usual Donaldson/Scheffler format, this is great for reading to children as it allows for lots of different character voices to be created. Light hearted and fun. You can't really go wrong here. There's also a great audio recording of this available featuring Imelda Staunton and Steven Pacey which really brings it to life and is great for a car journey with the kids! Would recommend.
Celinda Daniel
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Because English is not my first language, it took me a while to understand what going on... silly me... I just didn't have the right "swing/music" in my reading the first time... but from the second on, it's one of my girl's favorite books... she's 3 and she really grasped the idea of the whole world inside a book, and she's very excited about it.
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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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