Thursday, 8 October 2015

Dirty Bertie - Aliens by David Roberts, written by Alan MacDonald

Review by The Mole

Dirty Bertie is back, once again, for the 26th collection of his mistakes and bloopers. For a boy with "nose pickingly disgusting habits" he is remarkably likeable by parents and children alike - but the problem with Bertie is that when he gets an idea in his head he pursues it until everything comes crashing down around his ears - and it will.

In "Aliens" he gets excited about beings from outer space so sets out to find some.

The second story is "Twitter" - Eugene (Bertie's friend) invites him to go birdwatching with his dad with promises of "lots to do in the woods". Bertie goes along and gets bored and .... well, needless to say things don't go well for everyone.

In "Report", the third story in the book, it's report time at school and Bertie is not happy about his mum and dad seeing his. Enough said - I'm sure you can imagine the kind of thing Bertie may get up to - but will he get away with it? He never gets away with anything does he?

With large print, simple vocabulary and lots of black and white cartoon style illustrations these books are great for getting children reading and, with 25 more to pick up, keep them reading. Bertie's antics are the kind of antics that end up with no real harm done so can be laughed at as children develop their reading skills.

Really great books for the young reader.

Publisher - Stripes Publishing
Genre - Children's early reader

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