What I loved: This is a simple and sweet story of friendship- and a particularly picky cat. Alan is a very giving friend (giving his coat, bowl, and sofa) to help make Bertram happy, and this sharing and helping your friends to achieve their goals sends a positive message. Ultimately, the story of how they help each other and work together to create a good home is very sweet.
The length of the story is great and works for toddlers through early elementary school readers. The illustrations are detailed and colorful, really capturing each character's personality.
What left me wanting more: As a small point, the messiness of Alan may be a little overdone at first with messiness and dirtiness somewhat compounded. There is also a lot of focus on watching television and its importance to their lives, and I would personally prefer to see something like reading or other activities, but this is a really small thing.
Final verdict: With detailed illustrations, lots of generosity, and good friends, THE PROBLEM WITH PIERRE is a sweet story about a picky cat and the people who love him.