Dirty Gert by Tedd Arnold

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Gert loves dirt. She rolls in it, digs in it, even tastes it. Then one day while making mud pies in the rain, Gert becomes reorganized: she grows branches, leaves and roots. Gert is delighted . . . until camera crews televise her, botanists analyze her, and Hollywood tries to immortalize her. The child is traumatized! But Mom and Dad know what to do to protect their offbeat plant-child. They shoo away the intruders. Told in rhythm and rhyme and illustrated with Tedd Arnold's offbeat yet endearing characters, this story is a humorous testament to individuality and unconditional love.


About Tedd Arnold

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Tedd Arnold was born in Elmira, New York. He earned a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Carol, lived in Tallahassee where he worked as a commercial illustrator. He has now published over 50 books as author and illustrator. His book, Hi! Fly Guy received a 2006 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor from the American Library Association. He now resides back in Elmira with his family. He has two grown sons, Walter and William.
Published January 14, 2014 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A sweet little ragamuffin, by nature and nurture, is drawn to dirt.

Feb 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Dirty Gert

Publishers Weekly

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In a comically offbeat story about acceptance from Arnold (the Fly Guy books), a small girl hungers for one thing alone: “Little Gert loved eating dirt./ The worms all idolized her.... Way back when G

Feb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Dirty Gert

Provo City Library's Children Book Review

... Dirty Gert by Tedd Arnold Holiday House, 2013. Unpaged. Picture Book From a
baby, Gert has loved dirt. She eats it, plays in it, fraternizes with ...

Apr 04 2013 | Read Full Review of Dirty Gert

PreS-K—Gert loves playing in dirt: digging holes, making mud pies, even eating it. Her parents indulge her earth-loving ways, leaving their daughter to spend most of her time with the chatty worms. While eating mud in the rain one day, the combination of soil and water causes Gert to put down roo...

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