Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Like many parents today, I love the way Julia Donaldson writes, and Axel Schelffer paints us amazing images, bringing her stories to life visually. My son has grown up listening to and loving The Guffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child, Stick Man is still read at Christmas and he was delighted to Find Room on the Broom had been made into a stage play. But for me my magic moment came when he read my favourite of their books out loud to to friends. Finally I knew he understood why Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book has been my favourite to read to him again and again.
He used his voice to play up the links from each scenario in the book to a new one, his voce rising and falling at play on the books and stories theme that link them all together (sometimes delaying his reading as he lost himself in the pictures before realising he was actually reading to an audience). Then, when he had finished reading, he took his audience back to the beginning of the book and showed them how all the characters had been in the initial illustration, and were there again at the end in the final one as their actual characters in the story.
The symmetry of this round robin books is contagious, and reading Julia Davidson’s lyrical rhymes is a joy as the story meanders around frogs and dragons and ghosts, spacemen and robbers and birds, who all have one thing in common – books. As the words paint the pictures, so Axel Scheffler’s images create the colourful world that you fall into when reading Charlie Cook’s favourite book.
It makes me smile to think that this is one bug I am pleased I have passed on to my child.
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