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Charlie Cook's Favorite Book
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2006
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I don't think there's a better writer of children's books out there today than Julia Donaldson. Her books are perfect for reading aloud to a toddler: just the right length to keep the attention of reader and listener, great rhymes, and clever stories. This new book is no exception, and is worthy of a spot on your child's bookshelf alongside "The Gruffalo" and "The Snail & The Whale." This book is the literary equivalent of holding up a mirror while you're looking in a mirror: there are layers of stories within stories. Little Charlie Cook likes a particular book, the characters in his book like another book, the characters in that book like another book, etc., so that every page (whimsically numbered in a non-consecutive fashion) basically takes you into another book. The overall effect is like browsing through a whole children's library in a single book: you get a pirate story, an animal story, a knight/dragon story, an alien story, etc. I won't give away the ending, but suffice it to say it's clever like all of Julia Donaldson's endings. Bottom line: this book should appeal mightily to all the little budding bookworms out there, and to their big bookworm parents.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of this author/illustrator team, and this book is another great one. The concept is very clever and engaging. I enjoy reading it almost as much as my daughter loves hearing it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have 2 boys 4 and 6. They enjoyed this book. The liked The Gruffalo better and so did I but this book was also fun to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
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My son (3 and 1/2 yrs old) enjoyed this story as it kept changing- the book within a book was a complicated idea that was fun and engaging, so it was a nice learning tool to teach him about different ideas.
While it's not his absolute favorite of Julia Donaldson's stories, I do recommend it and think it will grow with him longer than some of the other kids books out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2014
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Not as good as the other Julia Donaldson books, in my opinion. It didn't help that the book was printed on really cheap feeling stock and felt more like a brochure than a book. The actual storyline is clever but perhaps overly clever for a kid and gets a bit wrapped up in itself. I wouldn't rate this in the same class as The Gruffalo, Highway Rat or What The Ladybird Heard.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2009
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Highly recommend The Guffalo and Room on a Broom as stronger picks from this author. Snail on a Tail comes in second place. Low recommendation for The Gaffulo's Child. My child (4 yr old) found Charlies Cook's Favorite Book hard to follow, as did I. I ordered it because of our success with the above mentioned books. We read this one once and it has remained on the shelf since.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2014
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We love Julia Donaldson and this book didn't disappoint. It's about a person who reads a book about a person who reads a book about a person who reads a book about a person who reads a book, and we love it. My 3 year old loves it and requests it over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2014
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Love Julia Donaldson, and my 2 yr old loves this book. I definitely think it will grow with us as he becomes interested in the stories in the margins.
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on November 2, 2007
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This is a corker of a children's book, on a par with Room On the Broom - immediately engaging, entertaining for both children and adults alike, memorable, and beautifully illustrated - a real page-turner. This is one of the few children's books that one would willingly read and re-read on request: it does not patronise the child by avoiding interesting words, is well-paced, very funny and also rather clever. Both my children love it and, I must admit, I'm delighted by it, too! Great value for money and I would imagine even older children would enjoy reading about a pirate who walked the plank and swam ashore to find buried treasure (a book), a ghost who put her head back on after a night of haunting (to read a book), and a knight who made a dragon laugh by telling a joke (from his favourite book). The message is that there are few things in life more enjoyable than a good book. Hear, hear.
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on February 3, 2010
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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 until it comes full circle with the ghost in the scary stories book settling down to read HER favorite book about a boy called Charlie.

Every time you see a new book the font changes, you can see the dog-earred pages, there are little appropriate in-jokes - it's really very well done. It's a great concept, I think, and it's fun and fast to read.
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