It’s a well known fact that Rodda’s make delicious cream, but it is likely news to a lot of you that they have even brought out their own children’s book! I was lucky enough recently to be sent a copy of this, The Great Cream Robbery by James Medd and Victoria Sawden for review.
First impressions were good when I opened the package with the front and back covers being very cute and the actual book feeling of a very good quality. My youngest most definitely liked the look of it.
Starting a book with a map of Cornwall is always going to win my vote, as it’s lovely to have locally based books to read to my children. I always check out the Cornwall section at Waterstones in Truro when the boys have a birthday approaching to see if there’s anything they might like.
The illustrations throughout the book are lovely and somewhat comical at times, including a cow reading a book entitled ‘Bridget Jones’ Dairy’. I do love it when in children’s books and films some humour that only the adults will understand is included, as we’re usually the ones doing the reading or being forced to watch children’s films, so it’s always nice when our entertainment is thought of as well!
The basic story of the book is that Merryn Malone (the name Merryn couldn’t get much more Cornish by the way) the ‘cleverest cat criminal in Cornwall’ teams up with her pasty stealing partner in crime Blue (Bloomin’ seagull) to try and steal cream with a ‘beautiful golden crust’.
I’m actually hungry now just reading back what I’ve just written, since it’s been all of 4 days since my last cream tea at the Rodda’s hospitality tent at the Royal Cornwall Show!
I’m not going to ruin the ending of the book for you, by telling you what happens, but let’s just say the cows at the creamery are a little more clever than Merryn may have hoped, but there is a happy ending of course, which is something all bedtime stories should have, if we hope to keep our beds to ourselves all night.
On the back of the book there’s an explanation of where the idea for the book came from;
The Rodda family have been making sumptuous Cornish clotted cream since their great-great-grandmother started baking it in her farmhouse kitchen in 1890. They still live and work in the heart of Cornwall and craft their clotted cream using only milk from farms based within 30 miles of their creamery. This book grew out of their love of the county and of handing down stories and traditions from one generation to the next.
We loved The Great Cream Robbery, not just because of the Cornwall connection, but I admit it helped. If you want to try and win a copy of it for yourself, then you can find the information on Rodda’s website on how to do so through promotional packs of cream. An extremely tasty way to enter a competition in my opinion!
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