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Thursday 27 June 2013

Review: Bertie

When Bertie is grumpy, EVERYONE is grumpy – the queen, the baby, the maid, the king and the little dog. What would happen if Bertie was happy?

In this simple book for toddlers by favourite picture book author/illustrator Pamela Allen, young children can read about how Bertie’s mood affects everyone around him. When Bertie is grumpy, everyone is unhappy, but when Bertie is happy, everyone is lighthearted, even the little dog.

With Allen’s distinctive illustrations, this story clearly shows the emotions of each character as they respond to Bertie’s mood. If the book is read from one side, Bertie is happy. If you flip the book over and start from the other side, Bertie is grumpy. Each cover features a picture of Bertie with his mood reflected on his face, a wonderful prompt for toddlers to guess whether Bertie is happy or mad in the story they are about to read.

Bertie is a simple tale about emotions and I imagine it could be used by parents to help young children understand how their mood can affect others as well as recognising two basic emotions through the colours and wonderful sense of movement in Allen’s illustrations.

Title: Bertie
Author/Illustrator: Pamela Allen
Publisher: Viking, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 March 2013
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780670076956
For ages: 1 - 4
Type: Picture Book