Nine-year-old Cookie lives in Ealing with her parents, Abed and Rozie, and her sisters, Nahid and Roubi. Cookie’s life is falling apart and despite getting pooped on by a pigeon she is not having any luck. Her best friend Keziah is leaving because her dad has gotten a new job in Solihull, wherever that is!
When a new boy arrives in Cookie’s neighbourhood things go from bad to worse. He buys the cat she wants from the pet shop, he arrives at her school and sits in the seat next to her that she had reserved for Keziah, and he ruins her debut appearance on her favourite TV show Brainbusters. And to top things off his parents have only gone and bought the house next door to Cookie’s!
Can Cookie stop her life from crumbling and make a new friend…
This is a silly, laugh-out-loud fall off your chair read. Best not read in quiet reading time at school as readers will struggle to keep the giggles to themselves. Any book that references one of my favourite practical jokes/science experiments is onto a winner with me - who doesn’t love mentos and fizzy drink!
Cookie is a brilliant character. She is over the top, has a wild imagination and is full of excitement and drama is never far away. Cookie is a BAME Bangladeshi girl with a passion for science and it is great that some readers are able to see themselves represented in a book. I like that elements of Bangladeshi culture or woven into the narrative without being over the top.
The school setting and daily challenges of school life will be totally relatable to readers as will the important messages on friendship and jealousy. Huq captures school life perfectly. The excitement of the first day back - the new shoes, the new haircuts, the new teacher (or the old teacher in Cookie’s case). There is no time to easily settle back into school on the first day though, there’s learning to be done. And then there’s those parents who have taken the children on a summer holiday during school time as it is cheaper to holiday out of the school holidays.
Brilliantly written and illustrated by Konnie Huq with cartoons and doodles that accompany the text, Cookie is sure to go down a storm with young readers. Perfect reading for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and with a loveable girl as the lead character.
At the back of the book there are science experiments that feature in the story that readers can try at home and a pancake recipe - enjoy.
Recommended for 7+.