The Decorating Disaster by Alison Reynolds
Published by The Five Mile Press
The Decorating Disaster is part of a series called Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds. The series revolves around two adorable friends, a little girl called Bree, who could be ever so bossy and a delightful fun loving bear, called Pickles, and explores manners and positive behaviour.
In this book, the two friends decide to redecorate their house, but inevitably there are a few squabbles over how to go about it – paint or wallpaper, together or alone? So many funny situations develop along the way, with Pickle being wrapped in wallpaper and Bree, who is painting her room a mushy pea green, becoming stuck on the curtain rail – both needing the help of the other! Like most good friends they find a compromise in their decorating techniques and realise that teamwork is an important part of getting things done.
Alison Reynolds ingeniously weaves themes of listening carefully to other people’s (or bear’s) ideas, working together to brainstorm brilliant ideas, and best of all, that although working by yourself can be great, it can be lonely, so sharing a task and special skills can be fun too!
The overall message that friends can be friends, no matter what their individual differences are, is a strong one and cleverly emphasised through teamwork.
Mikki Butterley’s illustrations are delightful and sure to make you smile or chuckle out loud like I did! Overall, Reynold’s and Butterley’s book is educational, appealing and joyous.
I would highly recommend it to children 5-8 years, or even younger children with parental discussion along the way.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Alison Reynolds
Illustrator: Mikki Butterley
Title: The Decorating Disaster
Publisher: The Five Mile Press
Published: October 2015