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A bit more Bert
Ahlberg, Allan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bert receives a disastrous haircut, loses his dog, and discovers that there are many other Berts in the world.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 65362.
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The bumbling, child-friendly hero of The Adventures of Bert returns to transform mundane moments and everyday tasks into "adventures" that are now even more ridiculous. We meet Bert's mother (and learn Bert's secret regarding her boiled cabbage). We help Bert get a haircut (with uneven results). And we cheer Bert on as he searches for his lost dog (also named Bert, as are a number of people along the way to whom Bert turns for help). In the end, after a happy reunion between man and dog, there are all sorts of Berts to say good night to. In a starred review, The Horn Book predicted that Bert's first book "will score a direct hit on five-year-old funnybones." In their second collaboration, author and artist have amplified the visual and verbal fun with even more artful, absurd results.

Author Notes

Allan Ahlberg was born in 1938 in South London, and grew up in the Black Country. He worked as a teacher, postman, grave digger, soldier and plumber's mate before he became a full-time writer.

He met his wife and creative partner, Janet at teacher training college. It was because Janet wanted to illustrate a book that Allan wrote his first book, the Brick Street boys. After that, together they wrote 37 books.

Janet died in 1994 and Ahlberg discontinued his writing career for a few years before picking it up again.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. He's back! Six new episodes with the noodle-head hero of The Adventures of Bert (2001) unleash the sly humor and guilelessness of the red-haired British bumbler. The short, snappy text, punctuated by illustrations that range from full-page and spot to framed cartoon scenes, relates Bert's experiences as he gets a haircut, shares chips, meets other folks named Bert, loses his dog, and goes to bed. Questions addressed to children will draw them into the antics, and the sprightly style of the author-illustrator team ensures this playful, inviting bit of jolly "all right-o" fun will leave Bert's fans wanting more. --Julie Cummins

Publisher's Weekly Review

Collaborators on The Adventures of Bert, Allan Ahlberg and Raymond Briggs team up for a second round of silliness in A Bit More Bert. Cheeky chapters introduce absurd scenarios (in "Bert's Dog," Bert takes his dog, also named Bert, for a walk; in "Bert's Chips," the boy shares his snack with Grandma Bert, Baby Bert and Bert the dog); the unadulterated text and comic strip-style illustrations play up the slapstick humor. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Say "hallo" again to the hapless yet humorous star of The Adventures of Bert (Farrar, 2001). In this delightful sequel, the man-child again charms readers in his oh-so-British way, beginning with an introduction to his waggly dog named- Bert! As in the first book, this one is divided into short chapters that vividly capture the quirky aspects of Bert's mundane life. When his mother serves soggy cooked cabbage, he furtively grabs it up, squeezes out the excess water, tosses it into his napkin, and hides it in his pocket while thanking Mum for the lovely dinner. And when Bert the dog gets lost, there are lots more Berts around to help. Greatly contributing to the merriment are Briggs's colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations and effective layout, which perfectly complement the understated jocular tone of the limited text. Deceptively simple yet full of fun, this is another fine go-round with our friend Bert.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.