Pinkie & Boo

Chae Strathie

Illustrated by Francis Martin

A fabulously funny story about a feisty little girl, her toy monkey and the mischievous adventures they get up to. There’s chaos, mess and whole load of love to look forward to.

Pinkie loves being the smallest in her family, but the arrival of a baby means everything is about to change. It seems like the tiny new addition to the family will get all the attention . . .and Pinkie isn’t happy about that.

To cheer her up Mum and Dad give her a lovely toy monkey called Boo. But it turns out there’s much more to him than meets the eye – at least in Pinkie’s imagination.


Their outrageous efforts to regain some attention lead to a whole lot of mess and mayhem, but everything works out happily in the end.

Pinkie & Boo! sums-up perfectly the behaviour of most youngsters when a new baby sibling arrives; attention seeking, sulking, face-pulling, general baby-scaring and perhaps the lesser-known fish-finger milkshske-making!

The two little tearaways get up to some serious monkey business and leave a trail of destruction in their wake – because scrubbing crayon off the walls and cleaning the contents of fridge off the kitchen floor is just what every sleep-deprived, new mum and dad need!

Pinkie has so much sass – just look at that cover illustration! It screams take on this preschooler at your peril and accurately depicts the stage in a child’s life, between the ages about 2 and 4 years when they are permanently in wellies! She’s is every diva-like tot you have ever met, stubborn, strong-willed and deadly if left alone for five minutes.

Pinkie, means business when it comes to ‘the baby problem’ and shows it’s not uncommon for young children to be a tiny bit mean to a new baby brother or sister. Children of this age haven’t really mastered sharing yet and sharing mum and dad is just…well…not going happen without a fight.

But after the tears and the tantrums (and that’s just mum and dad!) We’re reminded that even though our terrible-twos test us to the limit, they’ve got us wrapped around their little finger (or pinkie) again before you can say Boo! And there’s enough love to go around for everyone.

About the author

Chae Strathie


Chae Strathie is an award-winning children’s author and journalist who lives in the vibrant city of Dundee. He has written 24 books for children, from picture books toyoung fiction and non-fiction, and has won the Bookbug Children’s Book Award twice. He is also the winner of several other picture book awards, from Sussex to Dundee.


His most recent work includes a historical non-fiction series called So You Think You’ve Got It Bad with the British Museum. Chae is renowned for his high-energy, zany live shows that combine reading with music, dance, puppetry, and comedy, and have captivated audiences in schools as far afield as Romania, and at major book festivals such as Edinburgh, Hay, Wigtown, Borders and Aye Write.

About the illustrator

Francis Martin

Francis studied sculpture at Liverpool School of Art in the Eight-ies. Unfortunately he developed an allergy to marble dust so he gave it up and joined a rock ‘n’ roll band.

In spite of limited musical talent he took part in five John Peel sessions, made five albums and he went to New York, invented ‘Grunge Rock’ fact! He came back to Liverpool, designed record covers and drew cartoons that were published in The Guardian, Private Eye and other magazines and he never stopped drawing and telling stories.


When he became a dad he read picture books to his child and realised that this was a world that he would like to be a part of. So off he trotted back to Art School in order to complete his date with destiny – Cambridge this time where he found out he wasn’t allergic to ink and that drawing was fun.


Francis is the author of Daddy Hair Do which won the Oxfordshire Book Awards in 2020

Out 21st May

Charlie & Boo! Is published by Little Door Books and is released on the 21st May.

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