‘Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World’ by Konnie Huq

The website www.lovereading4kids.co.uk says:  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.

Published on 8/8/19 and for age 7+.