Saturday, 7 March 2015
Review: Pea's Book of Best Friends by Susie Day
When Pea Llewellyn's dizzy but dazzling single mum becomes Marina Cove, author of the bestselling Mermaid Girls books, everything changes. It's time to leave their tiny flat in Tenby for a proper house in London, and a whole new life. Pea likes the red front door, and the attic bedroom all to herself. She even likes her hideous new school uniform, in a masochistic Malory Towers sort of way. But there's an empty chair beside her in every lesson, and no one seems to want to fill it. In the absence of volunteers, Pea is going to have to acquire herself a best friend . . .
Pea's Book of Best Friends is a book which I fell in love with instantly. It is funny and sweet throughout and you can't help but be charmed entirely by it. All the characters you come across in this book from the main character Pea through to the entire host of secondary characters you meet are wonderfully done.
For me this book was about finding a friend and what it means to be a friend and finding that friendship in unexpected places and I loved it for that because it is so relevant to the age group it is aimed at as they are about to make that huge step up to high school.
This book is also wonderful in the way it deals with unusual family set ups as the norm and embraced the diversity of the different characters within the story. This is so needed in children's books in order to make children see that there isn't such as a normal family and that diversity should be embraced and celebrated. I particularly like the fact that the story includes the family next door which features a gay couple as parents raising children without any gender bias and allowing their children to embrace whatever interests they want without the need to conform to any gender stereotype.
All in all a highly recommended and beautiful book which is charming and thoughtful from the first to the last page.