Title: The Perfect Guest
Author: Paula Metcalf
Illustrator: Paula Metcalf
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book, Fiction
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  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?

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

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.

-Review first appeared March 2017, now republished here.

Do you like this book?  Do you have any friends who are opposites of you, messy and you are neat or vice versa?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂