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Review: The Perfect Guest by Paula Metcalf

I was kindly sent a free copy of this book by the publisher Walker books.  This is  afun picture book with a twist, here is my review.

Walter loves to keep his home neat and tidy. When his friend Pansy comes and stays for a visit, Walter can’t wait to show her his new teapot. But Pansy isn’t as neat and tidy as Walter is and she can be a little accident prone.

This is a picture book with a fun story. A paperback a little shorter and wider than A4 size it has some lovely illustrations on a thick matt paper. The story is a simple and funny one. Walter, a dog, is a bit of a neat freak and loves going about his day cleaning his house and looking after his garden. One day he gets a call from Pansy, his squirrel friend, and invites her over to spend some time with him. Pansy is nothing like Walter and although the two are friends, Pansy’s accident-prone and messy nature lead to some funny antics.

The book has some lovely illustrations and I especially like how cute Pansy looks in her pink skirt. The whole story finishes with an unexpected twist which is a definite surprise but at the same time makes for a lovely ending showing how great friendship is.

Even though I like the twist ending, I did think the story might go on a little more than just abruptly finish the way it did (it just felt a little too short), but the book is growing on me and the more I re-read it, the more I enjoy it, it certainly made me smile. I think some adults would enjoy this story as much as the kids.

Rating: 4/5

Review published on Goodreads, click here

Book Description:

From children’s author and illustrator, Paula Metcalf, comes a witty and fun-filled story of friendship. Walter is really a very neat and tidy dog. His house is his pride and joy and he gets quite nervous when guests come round… When his best friend Pansy asks to stay, though, Walter is so excited! She’s just a teeny weeny squirrel after all, how much trouble can she possibly be?! But when Pansy tries her very best to be helpful things just seem to keep going wrong! Nothing – from Walter’s trousers to his curtains to his beloved brand-new teapot – is safe from accident-prone Pansy! Is she turning out to be the worst guest there ever was?


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