Bertie at the Worldwide Games
By Wendy H. Jones
Illustrated by Barry Diaper
I am excited to share with you the news that Bertie the Buffalo from Scotland is back and he is on another adventure. The first one was loved by young children (4 to 6 and sometimes younger) in not just the UK, but other countries in the world. With the Olympic Games just around the corner, and excitement mounting, this book couldn’t be more timely and is a great addition to add to the entertainment. The books work just as well as standalone.
Find out more in the blurb and then what else I think of this book in my review.
Bertie the Buffalo is having fun on the farm where he lives in Scotland. Then a mysterious letter arrives inviting him to represent Scotland in the Worldwide Games. Bertie and his friends fly to Tokyo where they meet new and exotic animals and try to win first prize in all the different events. Bertie is sad when he isn’t winning any medals but finds out if he works together with his friends, he will be a winner in the end.
Bertie the Buffalo is back! This time he has bounded onto a plane and is heading to Tokyo for the Olympics, not to watch as one might presume, but to participate, in this fun and zany rhyming story, that has many animals from many parts of the world taking part. It is a timely book with terrific pictures, that also help tell the story in a way that makes this book Dyslexic friendly.
The first book had mass appeal and this one does too. It’s great that children can reunite with Bertie and his Alpacea friend, who were in the first book. I will say that each book is complete within themselves too. Countries are represented by different animals from their country of origin and each one has a speciality sporting event that they are competing in, just like the human olympics. Each sport is recognisable from the real olympics as is the competitive nature. The competitive nature, which is in the writing is also conveyed in the illustrations, so however children read and look at the book, they don’t miss out on any of the action or atmosphere.
There’s a great sense of comaraderie and upbeat celebration that goes through the book to excite children as it brings good cheer.
The book is fun for the timing of it, but is also a good fun way of introducing children to the olympics, the different events and also to different animals and where they come from.
Intelligently, there is a look in the story about the speed of animals and which one is perhaps faster than the next.
About the Author and Illustrator
Author: Wendy H. Jones
Wendy H. Jones is the award-winning author of the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries and Cass Claymore Investigates. She lives in Scotland and is also an international public speaker and the president of the Scottish Association of Writers.
Illustrator: Barry Diaper
Barry Diaper is best known for his cartoons and caricatures for The Beano. He was once short-listed for the Daily Mail’s ‘Not the Turner Prize’. He lives in Salisbury, England.