Every day, Cat, Squirrel and Duck make pumpkin soup - the best you've ever tasted. But one day, disaster strikes - 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? Duck doesn't think so - in fact he won't even try them!

Poor Duck gets hungrier and hungrier and grumpier and grumpier, until at last Cat comes up with a soup that might just be . . . delicious!


  • 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

About the author

Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper is an author and illustrator whose work includes classic picture books such as The Bear Under the Stairs, Pumpkin Soup, The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed and Tatty Ratty. Her books have been translated into 30 languages and won many awards including the Library Association Kate Greenaway Medal – twice.

More recently she has collaborated as a writer with other illustrators. Notably, Saving the Butterfly, illustrated by Gill Smith, which was published in 2022. She has also written and illustrated children’s MG fiction and the latest – The Taming of the Cat – published in October 2023.
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