Cookie (and the Most Annoying Boy in the World) by Konnie Huq
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Released: 8th August 2019
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Cookie’s life is basically over.
Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy.
But Cookie has never been a fan of the word ‘no’ so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then . . . DISASTER! The most ANNOYING boy she’s ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! And if that wasn’t bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!
But it’s not all bad . . . Cookie gets the chance to go on her favourite TV show, Brainbusters. It’s only a chance though – she’ll have to win the school science competition first. It shouldn’t be too hard . . . all she has to do is keep her head down, and not get too over-excited.
Unfortunately that’s not Cookie’s strong point . . .
Cookie had everything you could expect from a story aimed at 7 – 11 year olds. It had wacky illustrations, a relatable main character and a plot that was easy to follow and one that I feel could hold the attention span of any child within the specified age range.
The element of science and STEM was something, in particular that drew me into this book. There aren’t many books featuring female characters with a love of STEM around at the moment, especially those aimed at young children, so this was a breath of fresh air. If a child reads this, I can guarantee they will start to take an interest in the sciences. Main character, Cookie just makes it sound so fun! and in reality science can really be just that.
Speaking of Cookie, I found her to be a really fun character to read about and some of her antics did have me laughing at times. Admittedly, some of her decisions were slightly rash but overall I loved how quirky and childlike she was. Also, her love of STEM is something that I think will inspire young girls everywhere. You can be a girl and love STEM, and Cookie is testament to that.
The plot of the story, as previously stated was really easy to follow and despite being slightly predictable was really enjoyable to read. I found myself rooting for Cookie and her classmates throughout the book and really did find myself getting immersed in this realistic story. Also, I love how diverse the story was with Cookie coming from a Bangladeshi family, and I really enjoyed getting to find out more about that culture.
Cookie, overall was a fun read packed full of energy that entertained both me, and the kids at work who have read it. The series is going to be huge and I can’t wait to read Cookie’s next adventure.