YOU CAN DO IT, BERT! by Ole Könnecke

YOU CAN DO IT, BERT!

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Can Bert do it? Can he take the plunge off the branch and launch himself into the yonder?

In this sweet-toned, encouraging, minimalist picture book for young listeners, Könnecke has set up a simple tableau for all but the last few pages. Page right: a few leaves, a hint of a nest and a branch, along which Bert, a little (except for his beak) red bird, troops back and forth. Page left: a great, white expanse, void except for a doodley cloud or two. Bert walks to the end of the branch. He fluffs his feathers. He walks back, then returns with a banana. He eats the banana and peers over the end of the branch. “Come on, Bert,” urges the text. Bert waffles. “Bert? / BERT!” Bert launches himself into the ether, covering his eyes with a wing, which makes flying problematical. (“Help,” he says in tiny letters as gravity takes hold.) But—ha!—surprise: Bert’s jumping into a swimming hole. Pretty tricky, pretty clever even. Bert’s three pals in the water cheer for Bert: “When Bert says he’ll do something, he does it.” Not a bad message, either, with a delivery as light as a feather.

A winning example of less is more. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-927271-03-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Gecko Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2014




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