Review of Bertie the Buffalo
Author – Wendy H. Jones
Illustrator: Barry Diaper
Rating – 5 Stars *****
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
Author: Wendy H. Jones
Publisher: Sarah Grace Publishing. An imprint of Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd
Main Purchase Points: Amazon, Waterstones
ISBN 978 – 1 – 91078652 – 04 – 4