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Freddies Amazing Bakery

Freddie's Amazing Bakery: The Cookie Mystery

Published: 5 Mar 2020

Paperback / softback, 128 pages

Recommended for age 5+ and 7+

By Harriet Whitehorn

Illustrated by Alex G Griffiths

Published by Oxford University Press

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Freddie Bonbon is sweet by name and sweet by nature. He's also THE BEST baker in Belville and always around to lend a hand too. When Cookie the superstar cat disappears, Freddie wants to do everything he can to help. But could it be Freddie's little dog, Flapjack, who solves the mystery in the end?

The Freddie's Bakery series

Freddie's Amazing Bakery: Dancing with Doughnuts
Freddie's Amazing Bakery: The Sticky Cake Race
Freddie's Amazing Bakery: The Cookie Mystery

Reviewed by Heather Hann

Freddie’s Amazing Bakery: The Cookie Mystery is an engaging and motivating story. If your class love baking and mystery stories that they can read themselves, then this is the book for them!

Freddie Bonbon lives and bakes in a town called Belville, where he is the proud owner of ‘Freddie’s Amazing Bakery’ which is managed by his friend Amira. Everyone in the town loves his cakes, macaroons and eclairs.  However, someone loves his baking creations a bit too much, as they keep being stolen! As if that wasn’t bad enough, during a visit by superstar cat Cookie she also disappears. Can Freddie and his dog Flapjack solve the mysteries and save the day (and the cat?)

Freddie’s Amazing Bakery: The Cookie Mystery can be read alone and is the second title in the Freddie series. A great edition to the classroom bookshelf. It could also be used to engage reluctant readers of any age. It would appeal to fans of TV baking shows and those who like a mystery.  As well as the engaging story written by Harriet Whitehorn, the illustrations by Alex G Griffiths really add to the fun and bring the characters alive. The book includes a recipe and a glossary of baking terms, which I am sure would encourage children to follow up their reading in a delicious way!

Heather is currently the Head of School Improvement for a large MAT in Suffolk. Before that she spent 25 years teaching in Essex where she worked as a teacher and part of the Essex School Improvement Team as a Literacy Consultant; before finally becoming Headteacher of a Primary School. She loves reading, baking, visiting her beach hut and Wallace and Gromit; seeking out every opportunity to combine them wherever possible!