Everyday life presents many a challenge to Bertie, the hero of these three stories. Bertie takes to the slopes with his sledge when snow forces the school to close. The only problem is that his sledge, belonging to his gran, is so old-fashioned that it’s more like a pram than a sledge. His embarrassment knows no bounds when smirking, know-all Nick with his brand new Speedster challenges him to a race. In the second story, Bertie insists on accompanying his dad to an historical re-enactment of a skirmish between Royalists and Roundheads. Carried away by his imagination, Bertie takes part in the battle, turning history on its head. In the third story, teacher Miss Skinner’s ambition to set a world record leaves Bertie so underwhelmed that he comes up with his own, more dashing idea involving his dog and a skateboard.
Each of these three short stories is divided into chapters, making them ideal for early readers. Lots of dialogue and humour, large font and lively illustrations add further appeal to these lively, light-hearted tales.