Sunday, July 21, 2024
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

by Mark Warner
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Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog…

From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there’s something for everyone in Charlie’s amazing book!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • What is your favourite book? Could your class make a set of posters to advertise your favourite books?
  • Look at the different characters shown on the front cover. What stories include those characters? What adventures might they have in this book?
  • Charlie Cook’s name has alliteration. Can you think of other names that have alliteration, e.g. Sally Smith, Harry Hopkins? Could you write a story about one of these?
  • Choose one of the book titles featured in the book. Could you write the story that might appear in this book?
  • Look at the way this story is structured. Could you make your own version about a person who reads a book about a character who finds a book about an animal who steals a book… ?
  • Describe the different types of books featured in the story. Can you find the story books, a magazine, a comic, an encyclopedia? How are they similar / different?
  • Choose one of the stories in one of the books and create a longer version of it.
  • Which one of the books in this story is your favourite? Can you explain why?


  • Carry out a survey of your class / school to find out their favourite books / authors. Could you create a report about the results?


  • Can you identify the birds shown in the ‘Incredible Stories of Real Birds’ book?


  • Take some digital photos of your friends reading their favourite books in some weird and wonderful places!
  • Make a web page that helps families to learn about your favourite children’s stories.
  • Look at the different fonts used in each book. Could you choose appropriate fonts to use in different places (e.g. comic strips, news headlines, adverts).
  • Use publishing software to create your own story about a person who reads a book about a person who finds a book about…

Design Technology

  • Could you make your own books / magazines / newspapers / comics to create a class library?


  • Design a cover for each of the books featured in the story (see Resources below).


  • Look on a map to find the location of libraries in your local area. Could you plan a trip to one to choose some new favourite books?


  • Carry out a survey of family and friends to find out their favourite books from the past. What favourite stories did your parents / grandparents read? Why did they like them? How have stories / books changed over time?


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