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Cooper, Helen, 1963-

Every day, Cat, Squirrel and Duck make pumpkin soup - the best you've ever tasted! But one day there's not a single ripe pumpkin to be found. So, they make fish soup, mushroom soup and beetroot soup, but will the new soups be as delicious as their favourite pumpkin soup?

Book. English. Children's stories.
Published London : Picture Corgi 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Helen Cooper
ISBN: 055254874X, 9780552548748
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2006.
Note: Text on inside cover.
Physical Description: [30] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Subject: Friendship Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.; Soups Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.

Author note

HELEN COOPER is the only illustrator ever to win the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for two consecutive books: THE BABY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED, 1996 and PUMPKIN SOUP, 1998. She has had several other successful titles published by Doubleday including LITTLE MONSTER DID IT! and THE BEAR UNDER THE STAIRS, which won the Smarties Young Judges' Award in 1994. Both are now perennial favourites in nurseries, schools, libraries and bookshops.

Helen is married to author-illustrator Ted Dewan. They have one daughter and live in Oxford.


"As always, Cooper presents a blend of glorious colour and an imaginative text with lots of long, interesting words and repetition . . . Highly recommended"
The School Librarian||"Lose yourself in the illustration, laugh out loud at the antics of the friends, learn some important lessons and create a beautifully pink soup, but most of all enjoy this wonderful story book"||"Superbly detailed, richly coloured illustrations and a dash of humour - are as delicious as ever (there's even a recipe for the delicious beetroot soup Duck missed out on). It's well worth sampling the delights of this picture book and if you've not yet tasted the others -Pumpkin SoupandA Pipkin of Pepper- try them too"||"Exquisitely detailed and rich illustrations make this a joy to read"
Child Education||"A heart-warming children's fable for fussy eaters and their exasperated parents . . .Deliciousis an enchanting book full of detailed, colourful illustration and humour"
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Back cover copy

Inside this book you will find a recipe for trouble!


- No ripe pumpkins for the Pumpkin Soup!

- OnehungryCat

- OneimpatientSquirrel

- One verydifficultDuck

Mix them together with a pipkin of salt and a pinch of pepper to get a scrumptious story about what happens when the Duck decides to be fussy about food.

"A treat to read aloud"Guardian

"Detailed and colourful illustrations you can lose yourself in"Mail on Sunday

"Cooper's glorious colours and sharp humour might persuade fussy eaters to be more adventurous in future"Scotsman

"A flavoursome brew with food for thought"Independent