Bertie Wings It!

By Leslie Gorin (Author), Brendan Kearney (Ilustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book


Bertie Wings It!

by Leslie Gorin, Brendan Kearney



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Bertie the birdie knows: he's ready to fly from the nest and into the sky. But whenever he's about to take wing, his fellow feathered friends squawk at him to STOP and follow their advice instead. But not one of these “experts”—the persuasive penguin, the emu, or the kiwi—has ever actually flown! Will Bertie learn to trust his own instincts . . . and soar?
“Bertie is a bird who knows he’s ready to leave his too tiny treetop digs and leap out into the wide, waiting world. He spreads his wings and makes a break for it, but the obstructionist Admiral Bird interrupts his progress and convinces him that he lacks the necessary skills to take to the skies. Outfitted with apps, gear, and a badge from flight school, Bertie tries a second time, only to be deterred by the rule-mongering Prunella Flapdoodle of the ‘Department of Migrating Varmints.’ Despite being armed with the appropriate certifications, a beleaguered Bertie is sidelined a third time, by a convincing kiwi named Monique, who assures him that he needs ‘hipster pants and furs from France.’ When Bertie does actually flap into flight, the weight of his unsolicited accessories causes him to drop like a stone. It isn’t until he lets go of the unnecessary accoutrements that he can fly freely because ‘deep down inside, he knew that he knew—he had always known—how to fly.’ Kearney’s saturated, bustling illustrations populate Gorin’s story with wild characters, silly situations, and the suspicion that Bertie just needs a little space. VERDICT Bertie’s journey is one that children and adults will be drawn to, whether shared one-on-one or in a small group.” —School Library Journal

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Before she became an author, Leslie Gorin taught on a Navajo reservation and attended film school to become an animator. But she preferred writing, and her stories and articles have appeared in such places as Highlights for Children, Spider, Hopscotch, National Public Radio, and the anthology New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family (Reclaiming Judaism). Her awards include a Disney Fellowship, a Luce Scholarship, a grant from the Highlights Foundation, and Runner-up for the 2014 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Work-in-Progress grant for picture book texts. Leslie lives in Eagle, ID. Learn more about her at
Brendan Kearney began by studying architecture, but now specializes in children's books, bringing his own chaotic style and ideas to any project. His books include Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, written by Josh Funk (Sterling), 100 Facts Around Town (Egmont UK), and Leif Frond, written by Joan Lennon (Bloomsbury). Brendan currently lives in the UK. Learn more about him at

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Pub Date: 6/14/2016

ISBN: 9781454915737

Price: $14.95 / $16.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 40 pages, all in color

Trim: 8.5 x 10.875 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 3 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

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