Original title: Bertík a čmuchadlo
Genre: children´s book
The White Ravens 2015
Polish (Afera, 2015), Croatian (Alfa, 2017)
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The holidays have started. I’m on the way to Richard’s cottage with him and Mum. I don’t want to go. I’d rather stay with Dad. Then I’d be able to play computer games all day, drink Fanta and eat chips and other stuff I like.
Bertie is nine. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mum. Mum has found a new boyfriend, who Bertie calls a funny name. Bertie is struggling to deal with the changes in his life. It feels like a betrayal. He wants things to go back to how they were before. He’s jealous. He’s angry. He behaves badly towards everyone around him. He does things out of spite. Then in the holidays he encounters a talking creature called a snuffler and his view of the world changes for the better . . .
Thanks to the snuffler Bertie discovers that relationships between people are not as simple as he would like them to be; he also realizes that everything important for his life is still in it. Having come to terms with the existence of Richard and made friends with the snuffler, maybe he’ll make other friends, too.
This first children’s book by Petra Soukupová is an original, extraordinarily authentic story about finding an inner balance.