Bertie the Buffalo Review – A Sweet Book Full of Adventure @WendyHJones @malcolmdown #LoveBooksGroupTours @twylie68 #BlogTour #newbook #kidslit #picturebook #review

Review of Bertie the Buffalo
Author – Wendy H. Jones
Illustrator: Barry Diaper
Rating – 5 Stars *****

Bertie Cover


Bertie the Buffalo is based on a true story of when a Water Buffalo escaped from a Buffalo Park in Fife, near Dundee, Scotland. A rhyming book about the adventures Bertie got up to and how he safely returned home, demonstrating how important each of us is no matter how insignificant we feel. Bertie felt that no one noticed him. But he didn’t need to think that as we are all special. We are all a part of one big family.


Today is my day for being on the Blog Tour for the book – Bertie the Buffalo by Wendy H. Jones.

Bertie the Buffalo is a very sweet story that is packed full of fun and action within one big adventure for one very small water buffalo, who strays into unfamiliar territory.

I read this to a few children who really engaged with it. It is a book that can be read as it is for pre-school children and has great potential for use for the younger primary school aged children too. I say this because it can also be useful for opening up discussions, for example, about the origins of the animals he meets along the way, including an alpaca, and of course the adventure itself, which has just enough mild pearl within it for the ages this is aimed at.

The book touches upon some great themes of being small and feeling small but also, ultimately themes of family and friendship and how important everyone is. Again, perfect for being absorbed as the story is read, but also can be part of a wider discussion.

Wendy H. Jones has created a great rhythm to this story, making it a pleasure to read and good for children. The language used is appropriate and there is enough there to broaden children’s language and horizons, without it being overly challenging. The content is also very good for children to be able to spark their imagination as well as perhaps giving them a sense of adventure for themselves.

The illustrations are bright, clear and fun; which also makes the book engaging. The illustrations on each page depict the written words very well. The balance between the pictures and the text is just right for the attention span and for the ability to follow the story easily.

It’s great that there is plenty of action and humour as Bertie goes off on his adventure. The story moves along at an excellent pace, which keeps the interest flowing. The repetition of some words also works very well within the continuity of the story .

This is a lovely book which can create plenty of pleasure and scope to be read at home, in a nursery or a classroom setting. It certainly does not disappoint!


About the Author

WendyAward Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

I was very pleased to be writing a review of Bertie the Buffalo as part of a Blog Tour. With thanks to #LoveBooksGroupTours.
Bertie Tour Notice
Title: Bertie The Buffalo
Author: Wendy H. Jones
Illustrator: Barry Diaper
Publisher: Sarah Grace Publishing. An imprint of Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd
32 pages
Main Purchase Points:  Amazon, Waterstones
ISBN 978 – 1 – 91078652 – 04 – 4

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