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Bookaboo! logo
Genre Children's
Format Children's story-telling
Directed by Lucy Goodman
Narrated by Various
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Emma Tennant
Producer(s) Lucy Goodman
Running time 15 minutes
Production company(s) Happy Films
Distributor ITV
Original channel CITV Channel
Picture format 16:9
Original airing 2 March 2009

Bookaboo! is a 2009 British children's television series. It is exclusive to the CITV Channel.



Bookaboo was awarded the 2009 BAFTA award for Best Live Action Pre School Series. The show revolves around a rock puppy named Bookaboo, who is a world famous drummer who tours all over the world. However, he has a problem; he can't perform until he has been read a story, saying "A story a day or I just can't play!". He retreats to his tourbus ignoring all stage calls, until one of his celebrity fans checks up on him, bringing with them a 'Bookabag' containing a picture book to read to him. After the story is finished, Bookaboo gets his motivation back and returns to the stage to perform the show.


In 2008 ITV announced their commission of a part live-action and part animated series to promote child and adult literacy in the UK, in support of the National Year of Reading 2008.[1] Bookaboo was commissioned by Emma Tennant, Controller of CITV and ITV3. The series, created and produced by Lucy Goodman will be directed by Lucy Goodman and Ian Emes for Happy Films. Tennant also acts as the executive producer for ITV.

The 13 part CITV series launched on Monday 2 March 2009 on the CITV Channel and will be broadcast every day at 12:15, 15:20 and 17:50. The central character is a drum playing rock puppy called Bookaboo, who is inspired by picture books, so much so says "I just can't play without a story a day!".

In each 11 minute episode, one of bookaboo's celebrity fans goes back stage to the rock puppy's tour bus, the 'bookabus', to see if they can tempt him back to stage by sharing a picture book with him.[2]

In January 2009 ITV announced the list of celebrities who will be sharing a story with bookaboo; the list includes American rock singer Meat Loaf, British actress Amanda Holden, footballer David Seaman, and former Spice Girl Mel C, comedians Al Murray and Julian Clary among others.[3]

Alongside the series there will an online Bookaboo Book Club, live events and in store promotions. Marcus Clarke is the puppeteer. The Bookaboo puppet was designed by Paul Andrejco and was built by Puppet Heap in Hoboken, NJ.[4]

The show won the Preschool Live Action BAFTA for the 2009 British Academy Children's Awards.[5][6][7]

Stories and celebrity readers

Book[8] Author Reader Occupation
The Lamb Who Came for Dinner Steve Smallman and Joelle Dreidemy Meat Loaf Singer
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton Amanda Holden Actress and Britains got Talent Judge
Pooh! Is That You Bertie? David Roberts Al Murray Comedian
No Matter What Debi Gliori Mel C Spice Girl
The Cow That Laid An Egg Andy Cutbill and illustrated by Russel Ayto Kym Marsh Coronation Street Actress
More Pants Giles Andreae and illustrated by Nick Sharratt Alesha Dixon Singer
Splat the Cat Rob Scotton Ben Shepherd Song-writer,Musician
A Mummy for Owen Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by John Butler Fern Britton All Star Mr And Mrs Presenter,Former This Morning Presenter
Norma Snows Paula Metcalf Kelly Holmes Olympics Medalist
The Hairy Toe Daniel Postgate Julian Clary Comedian
Class Two at the Zoo Julia Jarman and illustrated by Lynne Chapman Robson Green Actor
The Night Pirates Peter Harris and illustrated by Deborah Allwright Michael Rosen Author
Whatever William Bee David Seaman Footballer
The Hairy Spider Michael Rosen Charley Webb Emmerdale Actress
The Big Shop Ali Marks and illustrated by Sally Markson Holly Willoughby This Morning presenter

Plot of storys

Reader Characters Plot
Meat Loaf Lamb
Wolf threatens the Lamb to eat him.
Amanda Holden Silly Queen
Emily Brown
Army Force
Other teams
Silly Queen orders the army force and the others to steal Emily Brown's teddy.
Al Murray Bertie
Cafe Worker
Bertie keeps trumping in front of the mother,father,grandma,sister and in the cafe.
Mel C Big
Big and Small talk about there love.
Kym Marsh Marjorie
Other cows
Farmer's wife
Marjorie lays an egg.The other cows say they think that Marjorie has stole them from the hens.The farmer tells the farmer's wife to ring the doctor.
Alesha Dixon Dragon
All the dragons and people have pants on them.
Ben Shephard Splat
Splat makes a mess-will mother find out?
Fern Britton Owen
Owen and his family,get split up by waves,will they get back together?


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