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Full of energy and scientific fun this will inspire some young scientists – the start of a new series
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!
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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
Totally funny and charming and relatable. The book that is. Not the boy, he's really annoying. -- David Baddiel
Everybody's going to fall in love with Cookie. She's clever and funny and just can't seem to get anything right. -- Charlie Higson
Konnie should have been writing children's books way sooner. This brilliantly funny adventure had me laughing out loud and momentarily questioning whether cats are in fact better than dogs. They're not, but Bluey/Nigel nearly had me convinced I'd been wrong all my life. -- Greg James
Snappier than a ginger snap, crazy as a cracker, a biscuit barrel full of fun. -- Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cookie - a lass with sass who'll inspire girls and boys alike (and make mums and dads laugh too) ... daft and funny for all. -- Zoe Ball
If I was 9 yrs old ( and who's to say I'm not..?) I'd want Cookie to be my very best friend. FACT. Funny, clever and a proper drama queen, I love her! -- Dawn French
It's tough learning how to negotiate friendships, yearning and disappointment and we need stories like this when growing up to help us learn how to do it. Favourite bit was when Konnie - sorry, COOKIE - blurts everything out to the head in her confession/explanation. I remember similar blurtings from my own childhood which were not as kindly received. A good reminder how kindness and understanding from adults are more useful than sternness. -- Philippa Perry
Konnie Huq is a brilliant, funny, sparkling star-burst of delight and ideas and positive energy. I am so excited that she's started writing novels. -- Victoria Coren Mitchell
If you like Tom Gates, you will love Cookie. Konnie Huq's sparky irreverent heroine, fizzing with personality, is a delight. And the pics are pretty funny too -- Meera Syal
Cookie is brilliantly warm and funny. Wonderful to see a children's book that properly embraces diversity and makes outsiders cool -- Shappi Khorsandi
|Publication date:||8th August 2019|
|Publisher:||Piccadilly Press an imprint of Templar Publishing|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2|
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! Read our blog Konnie Huq talks to us about her feisty character Cookie, the importance of STEM and tips for young writers Photo credit Ed MillerMore About Konnie Huq