Prior to taking part in this blog tour the boys and I had not come across David Robert’s gloriously grubby creation, Dirty Bertie, but I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be a pretty permanent fixture in our houe from now on! It’s ten years this year since the first Dirty Bertie book was published and they’re still as popular as they ever were, with David Roberts’ picture books having been used as the basis for he and Alan MacDonald to go on and develop an extensive series (19 and counting) of longer fiction books.
With C being nearly four (he discourages us from saying ‘three’ now…) and H having turned two not long ago, the picture books we received have been more popular at this stage. They both roared with laughter at ‘Dirty Bertie‘ and found my squeamish reactions to some of his more disgusting deeds side-splittingly hilarious. However, ‘Pooh! Is that you, Bertie?‘ managed to entertain them yet further, with its noisy sound effects and the multitude of different words for ‘parp’ (which is currently their preferred choice).
H is a sucker for any book that makes noise and C is at the age where even the hint of anything subversive is just awesome. Over and above all that though, they both love a character that jumps out and grabs them and draws them into the story and Dirty Bertie does just that. At the moment, neither of the boys have any especially horrible habits (though I’m under no illusion things will always be this way) but they relished the opportunity to live that life through Dirty Bertie and his antics.
His creator – David Roberts – is a formidable talent in our eyes and the boys are big fans of his work, so we were honoured to be able to fire a few questions at him about Dirty Bertie – and a few other things besides 🙂