Weird and leaves an unpleasant feeling,
This review is from: The Adventures of Bert (Picture Puffin) (Paperback)
What a strange book and not one I would encourage for children (or anyone, frankly). Bert is a complete imbecile and simpleton, except it's not funny or slapstick, just weird and vaguely disturbing. A grown man wades into a pond, remembers he can't swim, nearly drowns until he realises the pond is knee deep. Is that meant to encourage children to learn to swim? Bert wades in to recover a box that is barking. Why is a puppy in a box in a pond? Was the dog thrown in to drown? How are you meant to explain this situation to kids? Why would a grown man run away from someone in a sausage suit offering free sausages?
The artwork is nice as you would expect from Raymond Briggs. The turning-page-and-waking-baby device is a good idea. But the central man-child character Bert is weird and feels patronising.