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Kitsy Bitsy’s Noisy Neighbours

Authored by Polly Faber
Illustrated by Melissa Crowton
Published by Nosy Crow

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Kitsy Bitsy lives on the ground floor of High View Rise block. It’s a great place to live, it’s modern, near the shops and the station, and it’s peaceful.

Peaceful that is, until Tippy Toes’s baby bawls at the noise made by Honky Tonk and Hunky Dory as they sing and lift weights on the top floor. This crying then disturbs Smart Alec who is trying to write, gives up, and does some DIY. His drilling makes Rocky Locky cut off more of Big Wayne’s mane than she meant to. Rocky’s scream of anguish sends his mane hair flying down to Sugar Plum’s cooling cakes and buns. He then tips all his ruined baked goods down on to Fiddle Faddle, who is mending a bike on her balcony, and she gets covered in crumbs and icing.

With all this going on above her, Kitsy Bitsy storms up to the roof, where all the neighbours are noisily fighting. She tells them all ‘ENOUGH!’ and makes them help each other and be kind. As they all get on with being good neighbours, Sugar Plum collects the ingredients to make a Good Neighbours Honey Cake. (The recipe is at the end of the book.)

This picture book is delightful. Children will love the rhymes, and the way the text goes over from one page to the next to finish the sentence. The illustration of High View Rise block reminded me of Richard Scarry’s work. There’s always lots to look at and talk about on each page.

Kitsy Bitsy’s Noisy Neighbourhood would be a great addition to a KS1 classroom. Children will enjoy the message of being kind and friendly. It would be good to incorporate into a PSHE lesson on how to get on with others.