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Jackpot! (Dirty Bertie) by Alan MacDonald
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Jackpot! (Dirty Bertie)

by Alan MacDonald

Series: Dirty Bertie

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The book contains three stories, Jackpot, Crumbs and Demon Dolly, each separated into small chapters and as always beautifully enhanced by David Roberts' fantastic illustrations.

In Jackpot, not paying proper attention leads to a fun misunderstanding. Bertie's gran phones to tell him, that this time she listened to his advice and bought a lottery ticket and she has won! Bertie is completely excited and can't wait to tell everyone and the whole family starts to plan, how they want to spend the money. But they are in for a surprise.

Crumbs is my favourite of the three stories, as it's just utter fun when Bertie and his best friend Darren try to work out as a team in class, how to bake and decorate their first sponge cake. It's Mrs. Fossil's last day, she is retiring now, and in cookery class the children are supposed to bake a special cake for the special occasion. Know-All Nick and Amanda Fibb have as always the perfect idea for their cake and it's looking even worse for Bertie and Darren, when Bertie uses salt for the dough instead of sugar. What will Mrs. Fossil think of his very chocolatey, very soggy, very brown cake? The drawing, when Bertie presents his final cake to all teachers, is just brilliant!

The third and final story Demon Dolly, is one where Bertie's sister is able to take revenge for what Bertie did to her, as he has broken her favourite doll, Molly Dolly. He has tried to get away with it, but his sister found out and she has a very clever idea how to make her brother pay.

As always, Alan MacDonald's book is filled with fun ideas and you know, things will go wrong for cheeky, cheerful Bertie and the expectation of what is going to happen to him this time, is a major part of the joy of reading the book.
The perfect bitesize chapters of each story make it ideal for children who have started to read their first chapter books and it also works as a bedtime read, spread over a couple of evenings. ( )
  MasterReadersBooks | May 18, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184715610X, Paperback)

Calling all Dirty Bertie fans! Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping of comic chaos! With ever-increasing madcap schemes and crazy capers, Bertie continues to delight his legions of fans who revel in his revolting ways. Join Bertie in Jackpot!, his 25th adventure, as he wins the lottery (or thinks he does), cooks up a storm in the kitchen and finds himself face-to-face with a demon dolly! Dirty Bertie is a hugely popular series created by award-winning illustrator, David Roberts (Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Wind in the Willows, The Troll, Eddie Dickens Trilogy). With each hilarious story approximately thirty pages long and split into chapters with illustrations on nearly every spread, Dirty Bertie is ideal for confident readers to enjoy by themselves, or for sharing with your child.

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