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Dirty Bertie


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David Roberts lives in London. He has illustrated a number of books, including the EDDIE DICKENS trilogy by Philip Ardagh: AWFUL END, DREADFUL ACTS and TERRIBLE TIMES. DIRTY BERTIE is the first book he has had published by Little Tiger Press.


English author-illustrator Roberts's (Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story) tale stars Bertie, an unkempt boy with a finger up his nose, who adores all things sticky and gross. Bertie eats dog food, grabs a lollipop off the sidewalk and merrily threatens his tidy sister with a worm. Inevitably, someone cries, "No, Bertie! That's dirty, Bertie!" The young miscreant's garden conduct is the clincher: "If Bertie saw his cat pee on the flowerbed, Bertie would pee on the flowerbed, too." The cat squats, with a dotted line to show the trajectory; on the next page, Bertie has his back to the audience and his pants around his ankles. From this apex (or nadir, if you will), Bertie's behavior meets with more than a "No!" but less than a valid reason to cease and desist. He is doused with the yard sprinkler and a bucket of slugs, and he gets a hairy tongue from kissing the dog. Roberts pictures Bertie with messy hair and a bedraggled woolen sweater of an indeterminate blue-green hue; the happy-go-lucky boy tends to have his tongue out, in anticipation of some foul treat. Predictably, the conclusion shows Bertie about to eat something he has found in his nostril. Like the title character of Parker Picks (a more substantial reckoning with nosy affairs), Bertie is not 100% reformed, nor is it clear why he should be. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"combines a wicked sense of humour and wacky illustrations... Children will laugh out loud" Booktrusted News

PreS-Gr 1-Bertie just loves everything that adults consider dirty. He picks up candy from the street and boogers from his nose. He hunts for slugs and worms and pees on the flowers along with his cat. All this is performed to constant admonishments from those around him, "No, Bertie! That's dirty, Bertie!" He learns the hard way to stop most of his bad habits with one exception, picking his nose. The text is uninspired and the illustrations too broadly cartoonish and unattractive. Those looking for a good read about bad behavior would be better served by David Shannon's eponymous tales (Scholastic).-Susan Pine, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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