Children’s books, old and new

In my recent post about what to buy a baby bookwork for Christmas, I mentioned how much we all love the Julia Donaldson books, in particular the Snail and the Whale. Well, as luck would have it, Julia Donaldson is celebrating an anniversary. She has been writing books with Axel Scheffler (with whom she wrote the Gruffalo) for over 20 years. And ten years ago, they wrote Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book. This is a book about a boy called Charlie Cook, who is reading a book about a pirate, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, and so on. But the lovely twist in the tale is that the final character, a headless ghost is reading a book about…

Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you! But I will tell you about the other book we have been reading by the same authors, called Hide-and-Seek Pig. This is aimed at much younger children than Charlie Cook. It is a lift-flap book that sees Pig searching for hen. There is a flap to lift on every page to look for her and in true Julia Donaldson style, the story is told in rhyme. I love that this book is nice and sturdy, so even Lia can get involved in lifting the flaps with a little help.

All of these well loved books are published by Macmillan Children’s Books, who have lots of exciting things to come in 2015 and beyond. They have just announced that they will be publishing the inaugural book from Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmonson, The Greatest Magician in the World. I love the sound of this book, because it includes simple magic tricks as well as an enchanting story. If it gets one of my girls interested in doing magic tricks, I will be delighted (as long as they teach me how to do it!) I can’t wait to read it when it is released in 2016.

Please note, I was sent the two books pictured free of charge. All views, opinions, book loving children and excitement about the prospect of magic in the family are my own.



  1. January 18, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    I had not heard of that book. Will have to look for it as it sounds so good (Charlie Cook). Love Julia Donaldson books. The rhyming rabbit is a favourite of ours at the moment. Thank you for linking up at the #WeekendBookClub

    • monsterid January 18, 2015 / 1:17 pm

      Oh brilliant, I haven’t heard of the rhyming rabbit so we’ll look out for that. Thanks for letting me join in with your lovely blog hop.x

  2. monsterid January 18, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Oh isn’t Charlie cook amazing? I actually think I like it more than the kids!x

  3. January 19, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Ooh, I’ve never heard of Charlie Cook, but then we are quite new to Julia Donaldson books. Tiddler is one of our favourite JD books at the moment.

    • monsterid January 19, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      Oh fab, I haven’t heard of Tiddler. I will have to look that one up. I love that there are still so many Julia Donaldson books to discover 🙂

  4. April 28, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    We love those two books! Always a fan of Julia Donaldson here! 🙂 x

    • monsterid April 28, 2015 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you Jenny, we’re also huge Julia Donaldson fans 🙂

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