Bert has all sorts of ridiculous adventures and they're told in this book in a slapstick, almost farcical way. The reader is made to feel part of the story when he/she is told to turn the page quietly so as not to wake Bert's baby, and is blamed when the baby starts to cry. Bert rescues a barking cardboard box from the river, is chased down the street by a giant sausage - and much more.
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Allan Ahlberg has published over one hundred books, including the classic Greenaway-medal winning picture books, THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN and EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM, illustrated by his late wife, Janet. Allan lives in London. Raymond Briggs is known for his innovative ideas. He has won numerous prizes, including the Greenaway and Kurt Maschler, a BAFTA for the film of THE SNOWMAN and, most recently, Illustrated Book of the Year for ETHEL AND ERNEST. Raymond lives in Sussex.From Publishers Weekly:
Ahlberg (The Jolly Postman) and Briggs (The Snowman) create a dialogue of words and images in these tales of a clumsy Englishman or, rather, an overgrown English boy. In Chapter One, Bert wakes up: "Meet Bert. This is him. Say hallo to Bert." The character extends a voice-bubble "Hallo!" His beaming smile, button eyes and round head suggest Briggs's Snowman reborn as a rugby player. Next, the text addresses a diminutive, dowdy Mrs. Bert and Baby Bert, who is "fast asleep. Shh! Turn the page... quietly." Inevitably, flipping the page awakens the baby, who explodes into red-faced howling. Bert himself is an infantile fellow, with an awkward body, endearing curiosity and holes in his droopy knit socks. When he tries to dress himself, he tumbles out the door ("He ends up in Scotland"); when he meets a giant sausage, he panics, unaware that it's a costumed vendor. Ahlberg's artful narrative comments on and chats with the slapsticky, colored-pencil images. Briggs's visual sequences communicate the hero's actions eloquently and add atmospheric touches (e.g., a striped tail protrudes from a margin, but readers never see the whole cat), and he alters the pacing by moving fluidly from spreads to comic strip-style panels. Both author and illustrator invite audience conversation with their amiable hero. Ages 3-6.
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140567542
Book Description Puffin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140567542 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0964453