Mission Cookpossible is a personalised children's book with a difference. Not only does your child feature as the main character in the story, their best friend can appear too (we chose R to be the main character and his sister, Miss R, to be the best friend) but it's also a cookbook. You can even pick and choose which recipes are included in the story to be sure to find ones that they'll like.
The book is written by Amelia Thorne and illustrated by Jose Fragoso. The story is quirky and funny and the illustrations are lovely. The main character has been kidnapped by an old-school villain called Doctor Socks who needs a chef for his feast. The hero has to cook 15 recipes for afternoon tea and supper - luckily the recipes are included in the book and his best friend turns up just in the nick of time to help out.
I won't give too much more of the story away but R really enjoyed reading this. He read the first few pages to himself, then we looked through the recipes together to choose which ones to make.
He chose Doctor Socks' pizza performance (which was no surprise to me as he LOVES both eating and making pizza). We also made Flappers the Fairy Godmother's fluffy baked apples with Miss R - R himself refused to try these - his fear of fruit that looks like fruit continues... The other downside of this was that I ended up eating two of them - still, they were DELICIOUS.
Once the two friends have cooked up a storm for Doctor Socks and his guests the only thing that remains is for them to escape of course, which they do in style with the help of a whirlwind (yep, it's a bit random but the kids love it that way).
You can pick yourself up a copy of Mission Cookpossible at mrgluestories.com. This would make a lovely gift for a child - R couldn't believe that the story was all about him and he thoroughly enjoyed the novelty of this. It's perfect for kids who love helping in the kitchen - like Miss R - but also for those who are a little more reluctant as it gives them the chance to choose what to make and makes it all about them.
Disclaimer: we were sent a copy of Mission Cookpossible to review. No other payment was received for this post and all opinions are honest and our own.