Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pooh! Is That you, Bertie? - book review

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
                                              ~Mark Twain

Title:  Pooh! Is That You, Bertie?
Author and Illustrator:  David Roberts

Our little Bertie is at it again.  He is experimenting with all the ways and places that he can pass gas.  He manages to offend everyone around him and stinks up the atmosphere while he is at it.  If you can tolerate potty humour and a child that likes to put a bit of spiciness into life, well this is the book for you.   His big revelation is that he is not the only one who does a 'downward burp."  His cat, his mom, his dad, his sister, even his dog lets them go and they too smell vile.  Vocabulary building will abound with such words as:  poot, ponged, parp, smelly, trump, rip, and boffs.  The illustrations are cartoonish, expressive and really funny!  The last page of the book (which I will not spoil for you) will put a smile on your child's face for sure.  The reading of this book opens the perfect conversation about everyone on the planet passing gas and what to do about the event when it happens.  It will truly provide a teachable moment in your child's life.  Laugh along with Bertie as he discovers the wonderful world the  "tooting."

About the author:

David Roberts was born in Liverpool. He always loved drawing from an early age and couldn’t wait to escape high school and go to art college. There he developed a keen interest in pottery and fashion and went on to study a degree in fashion design at Manchester Metropolitan University. After university he worked as a milliner and began to get work as a fashion illustrator but always felt his true calling was in children’s book illustration.

He signed up with Christine Isteed at Artist Partners in 1995 and has never looked back since. So after working as a shelf stacker, egg fryer, hair washer, film extra and coffee-maker David finally realised his dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator when his first book ‘Frankie Stein’s Robot’ written by Roy Apps was published in 1998. This book was shortlisted for the 'Mother Goose Award' for emerging illustrators.

Since then he has illustrated works by some fantastic authors such as Philip Ardagh, Daren King, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Baker and Chris Priestley. David considers himself privileged and lucky to be doing a job he loves. His most recent works include ‘Iggy Peck, Architect’ by Andrea Beaty, ‘The Troll’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘The Dunderheads’ by Paul Fleischman which was shortlisted for the 2010 Kate Greenaway Award.
David is also the creator of the ‘Dirty Bertie’ character about a little boy with bad habits such as picking his nose and trumping loudly!
David now lives in London.

For Your Entertainment....you just might know this....

This is a child's schoolyard saying or song in the west here:

Beans, beans the musical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot,
The more you toot, the better you feel
So let's have beans for every meal.

Book Review Rating:   8  (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have a super day and remember you can pick this book up on ME BOOKS  for the very good price.  Please let  me know if you tapped into the ME BOOK app for your kids.  It truly is a great deal.  I would be interested to know who likes it.  

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