On the face of it, Beauty is lucky. She has a mum and dad who love her, lives in a lovely house and goes to a posh girls’ school. But for shy, awkward Beauty, the reality is miserable. She isn’t a beauty, and the snobby girls at school have nicknamed her Ugly. Her mum is completely downtrodden by Beauty’s fierce-tempered bully of a father. And Beauty would give anything for a pet, but her dad won’t hear of it in case it messes up their pristine house.
After Beauty’s birthday party is ruined by her dad’s temper, her mum finally realises that they can’t go on living with him. They pack their bags and move to the seaside, where their new-found freedom and a moment of culinary inspiration give them a hobby, an income and a new nickname for Beauty. And to crown it all, she finds herself invited to take part in a popular children’s TV show. But will she find the courage to accept?
In this touchingly heartwarming tale of a bullied girl who discovers that the world perhaps does appreciate her after all, children’s favourite Jacqueline Wilson excels in portraying vivid, believable characters and situations whilst also telling a great story. Cookie follows the fortunes of a girl called Beauty, who despite her name feels anything but, and unfortunately both her classmates and her obnoxious dad seem to agree.
Beauty is an unhappy child. Made fun of at school for being ugly and frequently shouted at by her controlling dad, she and her mum discover joy in the art of baking cookies. It turns out they have quite a talent for it too. However when Beauty tries to share the fruits of her endeavours with her classmates at her birthday party, her dad’s bullying ways end up ruining everything in devastating fashion. Both Beauty and her mum are hugely upset, and decide to escape to the seaside to live a life free from the abuse they’ve had to tolerate up until now. Their cooking skills don’t go unnoticed in their new surroundings, and it’s not long before Beauty, or Cookie as she is now affectionately known, is the subject of national attention.
Read by Finty Williams and available to download as an MP3 audiobook or on CD, Cookie will delight audiences young and old alike.