Meet My Book: Pickle and Bree, by Alison Reynolds

I’m really pleased to have Alison Reynolds here on the Aussiereviews blog today to introduce us to her latest book. In fact, she’s going to tell us about TWO new books. Over to you, Alison.

  1. Give us the details – title, publisher, illustrator, release date.

Pickle & Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds – The Playground Meanies    

Pickle & Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds – The Big Snow Adventure

Illustrator Mikki Butterley

The Five Mile Press; February 2017

  1. Why did you write the books?

The publisher commissioned me to write a book about manners subtly hidden in a picture book. We wanted to explore a deeper level of social etiquette rather than the basic “say please and thank-you”.

  1.  How long from idea to publication?

The books were written and edited within five months.

  1. What was the hardest thing about writing it?

We decided to have Pickle and Bree in outside locations for these books rather than the home environment of the previous two books. It seemed to take me ages to decide on the location – too many choices.

  1. Coolest thing about your books?

Seeing Pickle and Bree having more adventures. I adore Mikki Butterley’s illustrations.

  1. Something you learnt through writing the books?

That it is so much fun to return to well-loved characters. Also, that the narrative flows from the characters. The personalities of Pickle and Bree dictate what is going to happen.

  1. What did you do celebrate the release?

We’re off to a special Italian restaurant.

  1. And how will you promote the books?

A photo & drawing competition and a blog tour! There are lots of excellent prizes.

  1. What are you working on next?

I’ve been thinking about a new series for 6-8 years old, which could be fun.

  1. Where we can find out more about you and your books?

At my website:

Via email

Or on my Facebook page:



Thanks for dropping in, Alison. If you want to learn more about Alison or Pickle and Bree, or if you would like to enter one of her competitions, keep reading.



Look whats happening to celebrate the release of the latest two books in the award nominated Pickle & Bree series, The Playground Meanies & The Big Snow Adventure.


13/2/17 Boomerang Books & Pass-it-on Jackie Hosking

14/2/17 Creative Kids Tales

15/2/17 Buzz Words Di Bates

16/2/17 Aussie Reviews

17/2/17 Just Write for Kids & Julie Grasso


Just leave a comment on any of the posts in the blog tour, comment on facebook or twitter or even email to win a copy of The Playground Meanies or The Big Snow Adventure.


Win an opportunity for a childrens editor at The Five Mile Press to look at your picture book submission (strictly 500 words or less). Just comment on any of the posts in the blog tour and add initials JSP.


Win a free picture book assessment by the author Alison Reynolds. Just comment on any of the posts in the blog tour and add the initials PB.

Remember the more you comment, the more chances you have to win.


Win a print of Mikki Butterleys fabulous artwork from one of these two books. Just send a photo or drawing of your favourite teddy to or upload to or Twitter @AlisonReynoldsa

Competitions close March 24th and winners to be announced and contacted by March 31st.


18 thoughts on “Meet My Book: Pickle and Bree, by Alison Reynolds”

  1. Alison, I can’t wait to read these books. They sound delightful. I love your other books in the Pickle and Bree series. A photo and drawing competition sound like lots of fun. JSP.

  2. Fantastic books! And I really love the concept of issues being hidden within picture books. It’s nice to have a message to help kids learn and grow, but kids are clever. They can see a moral coming from a mile away! JSP

  3. Love all the creative ideas for promoting the latest Pickle & Bree books. A coloring contest is such fun and I’m searching for a photo of my husband with his favourite stuffed teddy which is now my five-year-olds favourite…can you believe it survived?

    I’m learning something new on each stop — thank you!

    JSP, but PB is a close second! Thanks again 🙂

  4. Your books sound and look marvelous. It’s funny, I think social etiquette is one of those things that is sometimes only noticed when it is absent. Definitely something we should be teaching our kids. Will be wonderful to read these books. JSP

    1. Zoe, I think there is a real gap for books about social etiquette that are a bit more sophisticated than saying please or thank you , although that’s important too. That’s what we are trying to achieve in these books – encouraging children to think how they would feel and act in these situations with a huge dollop of fun thrown in.

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