Friday, June 3, 2016

You can do it, Bert - a bookwrap


Authored and illustrated by Ole Könnecke

Ages 4+

Origin - Germany

Unwrapping some brilliant illustrations...

Some Media Praise...

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly (US), January 2015
Könnecke’s single-plane vignettes are gems of minimalist visual humour ... handled with a light touch and easy-going reassurance.

Book Trailers For Kids, September 2014
A gorgeous picture book ... This is perfect for children who may just need a little encouragement to try something new. Great for pre-school.

Read it, Daddy! (UK), October 2014

This book is a sheer delight, not least of all because it really does keep you guessing right up to the delicious twist it delivers near the end of the story. Ole's fabulous storytelling ability and the bright colourful and eye-catching art are going to make this a huge hit with youngsters.

About the book...

 Know someone who is starting out on a new adventure in their life?  Starting school? Graduating? Moving? Beginning a new job or going overseas on a long trip?  Well this book is a perfect gift to share with them.

This delightful book showcases Bert, an adorable, and brave (well he thinks he's brave) little bird. He is confident that he is mentally and physically prepared for what lays ahead of him... but is he? 

Head down... eyes focused...brute determination cranked up to "Yes I can!!"... Bert is off and running.  But oh my, Bert gets to the edge of the limb of the tree and all his confidence leaks out like a deflating balloon.  He abruptly does an about face and walks back towards his nest unable to take the plunge into midair and land in the water below.  He proceeds to eat a banana to calm down, tosses the peel over his shoulder, then peers over the edge.  It looks like an awful long way down but cheered on by his friends below he closes his eyes, and jumps!!!  Can Bert do it?  Will he succeed?  I hear him feebly yell..."help!"  Did he make it safely? 

His encouraging friends hear a splash and with relief in their voices  say to Bert:

"I always knew he'd do it."
 "Me too."
"You can count on Bert."

Bert doesn't need a floating device when he enters the water because his little chest is so puffed up with pride at his accomplishment that he becomes one.  

The illustrations are minimal and the message is positive and will resonate with those heading off into the unknown. Yes they too can do it!  I highly recommend this book. 

About the author...

Ole Könnecke was born in 1961 in Göttingen, and lives as a free-lance illustrator in Hamburg. His publications in include a picture book based on a text by Rafik Schami, Wie ich Papa die Angst vor Fremden nahm (2003), and the Anton saga: Anton und die Mädchen (2004), Anton kann zaubern (2006) and Antons Geheimnis (2007). 

Other books by the author...

FYI: About the Publisher

Gecko Press specializes in English versions of curiously good books from around the world by well-established authors and illustrators.  These books have a strong track record in their own and other countries, and are winners of international awards.

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