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  • Paperback: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411384
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.3 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog . . . From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there's something for everyone in Charlie's amazing book! Entertaining and original – another winner from the best picture book team in the world. 'The picture book of the season' The Bookseller Both the words and the illustrations are full of fun and jokes . . . above all, it proves that reading is irresistible' Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson is one of the UK's most popular children's authors. In addition to the modern classic, The Gruffalo, her most recent collaborations with Axel Scheffler include The Snail and the Whale and The Gruffalo's Child, which are all available in book and CD packs. Julia is also the author of the young fiction series, Princess Mirror-Belle, and is much in demand for her brilliant events for children at schools, libraries and literary festivals. Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his humorous illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 29 languages. He has enjoyed particular success in his award-winning picture book collaborations with Julia Donaldson. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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366 of 370 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son (3) and daughter (5) saw this in the bookshop, recognized Axel Scheffer's style and pleaded with me to read it there and then. So I did and we all loved it. Donaldson's books are always great and usually fantastic. This one is definitely at the top end of this spectrum. The story moves, with trademark rhythm and rhyme, along a bookshelf and in each a character is reading..from the next one... so in the book Charlie reads, a character is reading a book and so on until the story comes full circle via pirates, burglars, aliens, a friendly ghost, Goldilocks, royalty with a giant cake birthday cake. Each theme appeals to preschool children, and each book visited looks different and inviting, and it is great for boys especially. Although it's a clever concept the story is straightforward, and it seems less wordy than, say, The Gruffalo. The children love flicking back to the very beginning and following the progress of the story on the end-papers. And let's be honest, so do I! A must-have for all children of 2-5.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Craig HALL OF FAME on 24 Mar 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a story about a story - something children under 3 probably won't get but which those over it will love. A small boy reads his favourite book, a pirate tale in which another character reads their own favourite book, and so on - until CHarlie himself appears back in someone else's favourite book. It's a little like the Ahlbergs' classic, Each Peach, Pear, Plum in that it plays with fairytale characters such as Goldilocks; and a little like their It Was A Dark & Stormy Night. What it's really about is the pleasure of reading, but children will just love it for its rollocking rhymes ands Scheffler's bright, funny, magical pictures - stuffed with the kind of detail that is fun to spot. One to read again and again before bedtime!
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Perkins on 20 Feb 2006
Format: Hardcover
My three-year-old daughter got this book for her birthday from someone who spotted that she was a big fan of Donaldson's Gruffalo books. It has the same melodic rhyming text as those, and a unique story:
Charlie Cook's favourite book is about a pirate - who finds a book on a desert island that is about a....
And so each double spread is a mini story of its own, and they all link together and eventually come full circle.
Whilst my daughter likes the characters and the stories, she's too young (at the moment) to notice all the detail. A book being read by a baddie in prison has got loads of quirky doodles in the margin, and a book found by a crocodile has got teeth marks in the corner - very clever.
Every time we read it I always see something new - and I'm always tickled by a great rhyme with 'encyclopaedia'.
Highly enjoyable at every reading (and I've done lots!)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
Marvellous childrens story from a superb children's story teller - does exactly what it says on the cover, tells you all about Charlie's favourite book. A wonderful rhyming tale supported by some fantastic illustrations. This book is bed time gold. Julia Donaldson's work is like a sedative for young children, it always get the young uns off to sleep & they are so addicted to the stories, it's just fantastic ! Julia Donaldson is one of the best things to have happened for parents, since those two heaven sent inventions, the dummy & Calpol (God bless her !)
Marvellous in every way.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hodgkinson on 20 April 2007
Format: Paperback
Just to put an earlier reviewer right! This book does rhyme, I use this book for school storytimes and the kids always comment on how it rhymes. This book is a good light story for children upto 7, its a great way to get kids interested in different types of books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Parr on 14 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Having to read a lot of books to my book thirsty(not yet 2 year old) son, I have found this to be a breath of fresh air. It's fun for everyone & the usual Alex Scheffler characters are there - frogs, bears, dogs, parrots, dragons etc. I actually find Grufallo to be boring, but this one is great. Also, it's not scary - headless ghosts are fun! Especially when they put their heads back on after a night's haunting!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Nickols on 1 April 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am reading this book to my six year old twin daughters. They love the occasional use of 'giant language', and have amazing recall of what the words mean - but they also like looking words up in the glossary, which can make the bedtime story a bit longer than usual! You have been warned.

It's a great story, and good to read something unusual.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. E. Whamond on 2 May 2008
Format: Paperback
My 3 year old is loving these book, he adores , 'room on the broom' though he is not keen on 'gruffalo' I am!

Upon reading this book to him, he seemed to be bored, i did too. It seemed not to flow as well as her others, and made it difficult to get in to.

We have had this for a week now, and ay bed time, he does not want me to read it. So is a bit of a let down to be honest.
Though the drawings are good as usual
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