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Books about junk food

Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake

Every so often, the cravings hit - you need a book about junk food, and you need it now!

We've put together a list of some of the most delicious stories about sausages, chocolate, pizza, tacos and all manner of other delicious treats.

Of course, we recommend reading these books in moderation as part of a balanced book diet - and if it all gets a bit too much, you might want to check out our fruit and vegetables booklist for some relief!

  • Tacos: An Interactive Recipe Book

    Author: Lotta Nieminen
    Publisher: Phaidon
    Interest age: 2-4
    Reading age: 2-4

    Learn how to make delicious tacos with this fun, interactive, pull-out-and-slide recipe book.

  • Hello, Hot Dog!

    Author: Lily Murray Illustrator: Jarvis
    Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Hot Dog is having a lovely snooze on a comfy bread roll when he sees a bottle of ketchup approaching and realises he’s about to become… LUNCH! A quirky tale told in a delightful conversational style, which is full of humour and mild jeopardy.

  • WANTED: The Chocolate Monster

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Laura Hughes
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5-7

    Guard your treats: the Chunk is on the loose and he's coming after your chocolate stash! This hilarious and chaotic picture book will delight anyone who loves biscuits, truffles, cakes, pudding... well, just about anything to do with chocolate, really.

  • Ten Fat Sausages

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Everything in this sausagey counting book works perfectly: from the big, bold illustration to the satisfying rhyme that works well for preschoolers. It will also entertain adults and older children, who will really get the silly humour.

  • How to Eat Pizza

    Author: Jon Burgerman
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5-7

    How do you eat pizza? Which slice do you go for first? The biggest isn’t always the best, you know. Jon Burgerman’s big, bold pizza-tastic picture book explodes with colour and bounce, with clear, bold fonts and expressive illustrations.

  • Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Evilness of Pizza

    Author: John Dougherty
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8

    Unashamedly silly, this badger-themed series of zanily illustrated adventures for Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face delights in playing with conventions of language, genre, humour, and how stories work. Clever and fun!

  • Cake

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 3-6

    Cake is delighted when he receives his first ever party invitation. But will being a cake at a birthday party really end well…? Lots of humour and vibrant illustrations will have children giggling in anticipation as they wait to discover Cake’s fate.

  • Mr Wolf's Pancakes

    Author: Jan Fearnley
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Mr Wolf wants to make pancakes but is unable to read the recipe book, write the names of the ingredients or count the money to buy them. Will his neighbours help?

  • Harold’s Hungry Eyes

    Author: Kevin Waldron
    Publisher: Phaidon
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 4+

    Young readers will love this story of hungry Harold the dog, and have a great time spotting all the original places that food has replaced normal everyday items. Kevin Waldron's artwork is bright and colourful with a quirky, modern use of collage.

  • Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5-7

    Douglas wakes up to find sticky honey footprints leading from his cupboard to the tree outside, where the sheep are collecting everything they need to bake honey cakes. Problem is, Douglas needs to put honey on everything he eats, otherwise it doesn't taste right!