You're a Rude Pig, Bertie


Bertie is the most vain, rude and outspoken pig you'll ever meet. He can't help offending his friends and pretty soon he doesn't have any left. But a beautiful bunny and a disastrous party all lead Bertie to a startling realization, and a change of heart.

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Bertie is the most vain, rude and outspoken pig you'll ever meet. He can't help offending his friends and pretty soon he doesn't have any left. But a beautiful bunny and a disastrous party all lead Bertie to a startling realization, and a change of heart.

• Claudia Boldt, author/illustrator Odd Dog returns with another hilarious comedy of manners.
• Boldt’s artwork is sophisticated and appealing.
• Boldt was a UK Booktrust Best New Illustrator of 2011.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
“With minimalist art, muted colors, engaging characters and a dynamic and varied layout of art and text, “Odd Dog” presents a ridiculous story that will appeal to dog lovers everywhere — as well as fans of subversive art in the style of Jon Klassen (“I Want My Hat Back”). The New York Times Book Review
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—After admiring his own reflection, Bertie the Pig goes for a walk in town and hurls unnecessary insults at his neighbors along the way: "Dreadful hair today, Mrs. Harley!"; "Joseph! Your bad smell never ceases to amaze me!" etc. The porker is stopped in his tracks, though, when he sees a beautiful rabbit, Ruby, at the market, whom he instead compliments. Smitten, Bertie can think of nothing else. He decides to throw a party to impress her. Ruby, however, is not pleased that Bertie has insulted all of her friends. With everything set for the party, but no guests in attendance, Bertie cannot understand why no one has come. That night, he has a dream in which his toothbrush reveals the error of his ways: "You are rude. Nobody likes you!" Struck by this revelation, Bertie tries to make amends, but no one listens. It's not until he defends Ruby after Mr. Wolf insults her that he wins her affections. He writes apology letters to his friends and throws a second party, which has a better attendance rate. The simple colored pencil and watercolor illustrations have potential, but they are unable to carry the thin story line, which is neither fresh nor exciting. The truth-telling-toothbrush-in-a-dream sequence seems like a ploy for the purpose of a happy ending, and the comic-style layout for this one page would make for a cumbersome read-aloud. For a better "change of heart" story, try Mac Barnett's Mustache! (Hyperion, 2011).—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In this pointed outing, a pig who habitually insults everyone he meets has an epiphany after no one comes to his party. Readers after social or psychological complexity need not apply. The plot is as simple as it is simplistic of resolution. Having left, as usual, a trail of enraged passersby--"Dreadful hair today, Mrs. Harley!" "Without your annoying husband, Mrs. Block?" "Joseph! Your bad smell never ceases to amaze me!"--on his daily walk, Bertie changes his tune when he meets Ruby, "the cutest rabbit he had ever seen." Having complimented her ears, he rushes home to plan an elaborate party for her. Devastated when no one responds to his snotty invitations, he goes to bed, dreams of being berated for rudeness by his toothbrush, and remorsefully sends out revised invitations with apologies when he wakes. Mrs. Harley doesn't come (she "still held a grudge"), but everyone else does, and it's all a great success. Using a pale but high-contrast palette and surface textures of crayons and thickly brushed watercolors, Boldt fashions busy pastel backdrops for a pink pig with a big red nose. He struts past the all-animal cast to, eventually, a sumptuous party scene centered on pig and bunny making goo-goo eyes as they dance together. At best a discussion starter about rudeness, though children may be mildly amused by Bertie's snide disses. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735841529
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 797,557
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia Boldt went to the Glasgow School of Art and Kingston University where she graduated with a Masters in Illustration. What Claudia likes doing most is “writing and illustrating fun and slightly absurd comedies for 4 year olds!” Claudia Boldt is one of Booktrust's ten Best New Illustrators 2011.

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