For this month’s Christmassy Q&A we are very excited to introduce Konnie Huq – writer, much-loved TV presenter (she appeared on Blue Peter for over 10 years!) and now children’s author.
Her debut novel, which follows the adventures of a quirky girl called Cookie, are inspired by Konnie’s London upbringing in a Bangladeshi family.
Konnie’s storytelling and illustrations combine her love of both arts and science in a sitcom style. Now a mum to two young children, she aims to inspire children’s interest in science, as the main character and her classmates take on wacky science projects.
With Christmas being the perfect time for exploration, Konnie speaks to us about her favourite Christmas adventures and what a Christmas with Cookie might involve.
Describe yourself in three words or phrases.
Happy, Cheeky, Inquisitive
Describe Cookie in three words or phrases.
Stubborn, Smart, Funny
If you could take Cookie on a Christmas adventure, what would you do together?
Go sledging in Lapland!
What is your best Christmas memory?
Christmas dinner made by my mum… Total fusion cuisine!… From roast chicken (we prefer it to turkey!) with all the trimmings to pilau rice!!
What is your favourite book about Christmas?
A Christmas Carol, it has an important message… Check your behaviour now and you can make a better future!
Why do you think sharing stories is so important?
Because it helps them live on… If you like something, share it.
If you could share one story for 10 minutes, which one would you pick?
The Little Red Hen. Society could benefit from realising happiness comes from helping each other not helping yourself.