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Charlie Cook's Favorite Book [Paperback]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
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Book Description

Aug. 1 2008
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.

The creators of the best-selling picture book The Gruffalo, which has sold over one million copies worldwide, have fashioned a smart and engaging circular tale about the joy of books and reading.Told in rollicking rhyme with illustrations chock-full of witty details, this tale is sure to please the read-aloud crowd.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A boy curls up in a cozy chair to enjoy his favorite book, whereupon readers are whisked away on a trip through different types of literature. The story assumes a book within a book format, as a turn of the page takes youngsters inside Charlie's pirate adventure. Here the layout resembles an open novel, with the title Shiver Me Timbers emblazoned across the top. A pirate digs up a treasure chest that contains–you guessed it–a book. Another page turn reveals that it is a collection of fairy tales, as Baby Bear finds Goldilocks in his bed reading his favorite story about a knight and a dragon. This pattern continues until the action returns to Charlie, still in his armchair, now surrounded by all of the characters. The spreads cleverly reflect the featured tales, and the endpapers show all of the volumes lined up on a shelf. Unfortunately, the loosely rhyming text is awkward to read aloud and the transitions often seem forced. Youngsters are ultimately left looking for more substance to accompany Scheffler's humorous, brightly colored cartoons. For a story that celebrates reading, try Michael Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook (Dutton, 2003), which deftly delivers hilarious, quirky tales.–Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PreS-Gr. 2. The unusual endpapers for this appealing book show a shelf with 10 books: Shiver Me Timbers, Fairy Tales from a Forgotten Island, and so on. A boy named Charlie Cook reads those books, beginning with a tale about a pirate, who digs for treasure and finds . . . a book about Goldilocks, who creates havoc in the bears' house before retiring to Baby Bear's bed to read . . . a book about a knight, who defends himself from a dragon by reading aloud from a joke book, and so on. The pattern progresses through volume after volume, finally coming full circle in a clever conclusion. Children will enjoy wrapping their minds around both the art and the story as the tale sequences through book after book. Amusing pencil, ink, watercolor, colored pencil, and crayon illustrations make the most of each new setting and cast of characters, while varying page design and type make the volume-to-volume differences more apparent. Great fun. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11 2014
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This book is so much fun to read. Julia Donaldson is a delight. My daughter loves this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book March 9 2014
By Jenna
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I am yet to be disappointed by a Julia Donaldson book! Her books are fun for kids and adults. She is by far my favorite children's author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlies Cook's favorite Book Nov. 26 2012
By Yvonne
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Great! kids love it.Read at least twice a week if not more.Love these author hope she will come out with more books like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 29 2014
Format:Hardcover
The boy loves the story and looking for the creatures within!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A whole library in a single book Jan. 19 2006
By 27Quincy - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Ages 4-6 Oct. 1 2007
By M Manning - Published on Amazon.com
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Cook's Favorite Cookbook March 4 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Julia's books are fantastic May 3 2013
By Busymom - Published on Amazon.com
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We collect Julia donaldson's books; they are all wonderful. Since my children are grown, I now buy Julia's books for neighbor's kids for their birthdays. And the illustrator (Axel) is fantastic. They make a great team.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book within books Feb. 18 2013
By Melissa T. H. - Published on Amazon.com
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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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