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Cook and the King

The Cook and the King


Price: $16.99

  • Publication Date: May 7, 2019
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Trim Size: 9 14 x 11 45
  • ISBN: 9781419737572
  • Page Count: 32
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: US Only

The king searches his kingdom far and wide for the perfect cook. He’s very particular, and none of the cooks can get the job done just right. Until the king meets Wobbly Bob. The king thinks Wobbly Bob might be the perfect fit, but there’s just one small hitch—Wobbly Bob is afraid of everything. He’s afraid that he’ll nick himself with the sharp kitchen knives, and he’s afraid he’ll get dirt from the vegetable garden on his new apron. Wobbly Bob needs a companion to help him feel brave, so the king himself tags along every step of the way. This tale of unlikely friendship is a fun and hilarious romp from a bestselling team.


"Donaldson’s thumping lines scan as confidently as ever, while expressive characters painted by Roberts (Rosie Revere, Engineer) transmit emotion with great versatility, from fear to absorption to embarrassed relief. The image of a king in glad collaboration offers a gentle vision of how to rule."
Publishers Weekly
"Donaldson's lively rhyming text, tailor-made for reading aloud, is nicely complemented by Roberts' colorful illustrations . . . A delicious cooking adventure that storytimers will love like anything."
Kirkus Reviews
"Donaldson, who was the 2011–2013 British Children’s Laureate, creates a rollicking, rhyming text that uses repeated lines effectively and reads aloud beautifully . . . Roberts’ pencil drawings, brightened with colors that stand out against the white backgrounds, illustrate the story while adding creative details. An amusing picture book."

About the author

Julia Donaldson has written some of the world’s best-loved children’s books, including the modern classic The Gruffalo. Julia and her husband, Malcolm, divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh. David Roberts has illustrated many children’s books, including Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer. He lives in London where, when not drawing, he likes to make hats.