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Review: Pea’s Book of Best Friends

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Title: Pea’s Book of Best Friends

Author: Susie Day

What it’s about: Pea Llewwellyn is living a relatively spartan but happy life in a tiny flat in Tenby with her two sisters and pet dog Wuffly. However, all this changes when her mother strikes it lucky in the bestseller charts with her Mermaid Girls books. The family ups sticks and moves to London so her mum, now called Marina Cove, can pursue her illustrious career as a writer. At first Pea loves the new house and the fact that she has an entire bedroom to herself. But she’s achingly aware of the fact that she hasn’t got a best friend and it doesn’t look like the vacancy will be filled anytime soon. Her two sisters are equally unimpressed with trying to adapt to London life and the three start thinking of ways to head back to Wales… but will they make it?

Holly’s review: I did like this book but it was not one of my favourites. It was a bit odd – the three girls all had different dads. There were things that happened in the book that I didn’t understand. I didn’t feel the author explained them well enough. And it was weird the way Pea kept swapping best friends. The descriptions in the book were good but it was just not my favourite kind of story.

Sam’s review: At first I was surprised that Holly wasn’t so keen on this book as she did read it regularly, rather than let it languish beside her bed as others have. She didn’t talk about it much beyond our bedtime readings so perhaps that was a clue. Anyway, I do see Holly’s point with this. I felt that Susie Day had written quite a sweet book in some ways but it just wasn’t convincing to either Holly or me as a gripping story. What I felt was a bit of a shame was that the mother had to be so ditzy. If one of Ms Day’s purposes in writing this book was to expose readers to different sorts of families (single parent, children from different fathers) it would have been nicer to see it working a little better. The mum came across as rather self-absorbed and not really likeable or unlikeable. Just bland and rather unimpressive. The conflict might have been better in the story had she had more or less of a presence for the girls to bounce off against. This just felt rather flat. This is just our opinion though – looking at various other book review sites, Pea has garnered a good following of fans.

 

Please note: We received this book from the publishers but the views we have expressed are entirely our own.

 

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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

4 thoughts on “Review: Pea’s Book of Best Friends

  1. Hi, can i ask you something? I’m looking for children books with “scary” animal illustrations like the big bad wolf (or a fox) eating pigs (or seven kids or Red Riding hood or birds in Chicken Little) or being pictured with a fat stomach. Could be any other animal as well. Have you seen any book of this sort? Any sort of help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    nelly

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    1. Hi Nelly
      Thanks for getting in touch about this. I will put my thinking cap on and see if I can come up with anything. The Grimms Fairy Tales, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, have beautiful but powerful images so that might be an idea, though they tend to be more based on human characters. Would it be OK to ask some of my book friends about this?
      Best wishes
      Sam

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