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Children’s Fiction | Cookie! | Konnie Huq

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts for Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World.

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 . . .

Book cover for Cookie! and the Most Annoying Boy in the World by Konnie Huq

Cookie! by Konnie Huq is published by Piccadilly Press and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats. Paperback publishes 6th February 2020.


Cookie! is a wonderfully funny children’s book with great illustrations. I thought these would help children to visualise each scene plus they also add to the comic appeal.

Nine-year-old Cookie starts the new school year upset as it will be her last term with best friend, Keziah. Unfortunately Keziah’s dad has been promoted and so her family are moving away. Whilst staring at the pet shop, Cookie notices the kitten she wants is bought by a boy and later on discovers the same boy living next door. At school she also discovers him in the same class. Jake and Cookie begin a ‘cold war’ which continues when he is entered into her favourite game show, Brainbusters. Jake and Cookie both fall out but manage to reconcile their differences.

I really enjoyed Cookie’s character as she is smart and funny. I’m glad that Cookie! is a series as I feel she is a great role model for children aged between 8 and 10. Even though she gets into trouble she seems to deal with problems and is understanding of others when she needs to be.

I also though the appendices were fun as included are the methods of making the science experiments mentioned in the story.

Great for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams.

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Konnie Huq is one of Britain’s most loved presenters. She was Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter from 1997-2008 and since then has gone on to present shows including The Xtra Factor, King of the Nerds and London Talking to name a few. She is also a brilliant interviewer, having given J.K. Rowling her first ever interview in 1997 and this year interviewing Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai at Central Hall Westminster on the publication of Ziauddin’s book, Let Her Fly

In 2018, Konnie signed a 3 book deal for a children’s series with Piccadilly Press. This will be her first foray into children’s books and the main character is inspired by Konnie’s own London Bangladeshi background and her love of science and being a bit nerdy. Konnie also co-wrote the second installment of the successful and critically acclaimed Channel 4 series Black Mirror.

She is currently an ambassador for the Princes’ Trust and the British Asian Trust. 

Follow Konnie Huq on Twitter @Konnie_Huq and Instagram @cookiebykonnie

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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