Bertie, are you happy or grumpy?


Stunning in its simplicity, this clever book also delivers an important message about feelings.

Pamela Allen, one of the best-loved children’s authors, has just released Bertie, a book that challenges the way you ‘read’ a book.

Meet Bertie – on any given day, Bertie is either happy or grumpy. When Bertie is happy, the Queen sings, the baby laughs, the maid blows her trumpet, the King dances and the little dog claps.



Flip the book over to the ‘back’ cover and it’s a whole different story for Bertie. Bertie is grumpy and there’s sobbing, crying, shouting, howling and a royal-sized tantrum.

Children will delight in deciding which way to read Bertie – the happy or the grumpy version. It’s an ideal book to use as a discussion starting point about feelings and how one person’s feelings can impact others.

Allen’s simple but expressive illustrations perfectly convey the good and the bad moods.

Bertie is suitable for children aged two years and over and builds on the characters introduced in Allen’s best-selling picture book, Bertie and the Bear. Bertie is available online directly from Penguin Australia.




Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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