14th February 2017
Pickle and Bree Guide to Good Deeds: The Playground Meanies
Written by Alison Reynolds
Released: February 2017
Book title: Pickle and Bree Guide to Good Deeds: The Playground Meanies
Author: Alison Reynolds
Intended Audience: Ages 4+
About: Gently teaches children to explore the skills needed to successfully manage relationships with their friends and family.
Author’s website: www.alisonreynolds.com.au
Tell us about yourself
I’m a multi-published children’s author who lives by the sea in Melbourne with one husband and a small furry dog who is fast developing a Napoleonic complex that makes her bark and lunge at dogs, which are much bigger than her.
What is your book about?
Pickle and Bree are spending a day outdoors with their good friend, Jason. They’re excited to explore the playground, and are even more excited about making some new friends―until they meet two little bears who are not very friendly at all! How will Pickle and Bree deal with the playground bullies?
Who is your target audience for this book?
What aspects did you find challenging about this book?
The editor and I wanted to use different settings to Books 1 & 2, which were both set at home. I tossed up quite a few different scenarios before settling on a playground and the snow.
What does your book offer the reader that differs from others covering similar subjects?
Many books covering social etiquette and positive behaviour are aimed at preschoolers. The Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds books are aimed at 5 – 8 years. These books have a light touch while being underpinned by a serious theme. I especially liked how Mikki Butterley, the illustrator, created the bullies in The Playground Meanies as being small rather than the stereotypical larger bully. I believe these books are a serious issue wrapped up in a fun read. The last page features the handy Guide to Good Deeds that can be used for discussion between child and adult or even child and child.
How did the idea for this book come about?
The illustrator had created the illustrations of Pickle and Bree, and I was asked by the publisher to write a series about social etiquette and positive behaviour using these characters. Amazingly, the characters I developed for Pickle and Bree were remarkably similar to the characters the illustrator Mikki Butterley had envisaged!
Find out more about Alison Reynolds
Alison Reynolds' website: www.alisonreynolds.com.au
Alison Reynolds lives in Melbourne by the sea with a dentally challenged dog, a husband and a revolving front door for her 2 adult children. She has over 70 books published locally and internationally, including her latest critically acclaimed Pickle & Bree series, the best-selling A Year with Marmalade series, board books, picture books, chapter books, and, in collaboration with world-famous wildlife ranger Sean Willmore, the Ranger in Danger choose-your-own-adventure series. She loves exploring the world both in books and travel!