Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

Charlie Cook Fave Book 1920 1080 (1)
Charlie Cook Fave Book 1920 1080
Charlie Cook Fave Book 1920 1080 (2)
Two girls and a guy who is standing on a chair
A guy holding the feet of a frog shaped book called the amazing frog book for kids, head held by a girl and another girl showing another book to it.
Dinosaur reading a book, sitting on the chair with two girls, one of them wearing a headgear and kneeling on the floor.
Two girls and a boy holding the arms and feet of a frog shaped book titled, “The Amazing Frog Book for kids.”
A girl and a boy performing with a large owl shaped book on the guy’s arm titled “which nest is the best.”
Boy sitting on a chair holding a steering wheel and a horn; two girls holding large sized books named The King’s Crown, Counting Sheep and Improving Stories For Wicked Thieves
Two girls and a boy holding a large Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book
Woman with a headgear and a sword in hand
Show Information
Showing on:
Sun 2 June 2024
Approx. 1hr, no interval
Mercury Theatre
Age Guidance:
Suitable for ages 3-8

A Little Angel Theatre and Lowry Co-Production

Based on the original book Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book – written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Charlie loves reading.  Especially books about pirates.  But his sister hates it – it’s boring!  Can Charlie convince her that reading is fun?  Perhaps if she read a book about a pirate, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading a book about a knight…

Come and delve into a range of books with Charlie Cook, brought to life with puppetry and enchanting songs, and perhaps you will be able to help his sister discover the wonderful world inside a book…

Text © Julia Donaldson 2005   
Illustrations © Axel Scheffler 2005 
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books © 2005

Young Authors Competition

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book and Little Angel Theatre will be running a creative writing competition through the run of the tour where young authors can submit short stories, taking inspiration from exerts of the book.

They will be celebrating entries throughout the year, with winners receiving a book token and selected stories will be published in an anthology at the end of the year.

From November 2023, we will be releasing a video each month from characters in the show reading excerpts from the book as inspirational and giving more details about the competition and how to enter. These will be released on the Charlie Cook website and social media sites.

For further details on the rules and how to enter, visit


Adapted by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane
Director – Samantha Lane
Composer/Lyrics – Barb Jungr
Set/Costume Design – Ellie Mills
Puppet Designer – Maia Kirkman-Richards
Lighting Designer – Sherry Coenen


A charming musical



Intimate yes ambitious children’s show about the joy of reading with exquisite and playful puppets

The Stage


Filled with music, dance and wonderfully creative puppet magic

Time Well Spent Magazine

You may also be interested in...

Playmaking 1920
RSC Regional Playmaking Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Abridged)

Showing: Tue 02 Jul 2024 - Wed 03 Jul 2024

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Abridged) by William Shakespeare On Midsummer’s Night, the real and fairy worlds collide. Four young lovers, faced with the...

More info and tickets
The Mousetrap – 70th Anniversary Tour

Showing: Tue 16 Jul 2024 - Sat 20 Jul 2024

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP is the world’s longest-running play. This thrilling West End production is THE genre-defining murder mystery from the...

More info and tickets
La Voix poster with a women sitting on a hanging disco ball
La Voix – The Red Ambition Tour

Showing: Thu 25 Jul 2024

Direct from the West End come and see the UK’s best drag queen. Britain’s Funniest Red Head is swinging into town with her most ambitious show...

More info and tickets