Dirty Gert

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Dirty Gert

Dirty Gert

  • published by Holiday House
  • Written By: Tedd Arnold
  • Illustrated By: Tedd Arnold
  • We recommend this book for
    ages 3 and up


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What It Is

Gert loves dirt. She rolls in it, digs in it, even tastes it. Then one rainy day while sampling her latest creation, mud pies with a side of dirt fries, Gert begins to sprout branches and grow roots. Gert loves her new form and becomes quite a celebrity. But, with all the hoopla and attention, she also becomes traumatized. Gert’s parents embrace her individuality and penchant for soil, and transplant her into a pot so she can rejoin the family in the house.

Why It’s Fun

This story gives new meaning to the old adage, “You have to eat a pound of dirt before you die.” Gert’s story is a celebration of individuality and unconditional love. The text has a fun rhyming beat that kids will love to hear again and again. And, the vibrant pictures have author-illustrator Tedd Arnold’s trademark humor and wide-eyed artistic style.

Who It’s For

Dirty Gert is perfect for preschoolers and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Gert makes her mud pies and dirt fries sound almost good enough to serve for dinner!


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