Ruth Housman, April 20, 2017 (Hardcover)
As serendipity has it, we found ourselves in Chatham Center recently, and had the good luck to meet the Author with his charming character, Bertie, the mouse, books in hand. My granddaughter Jasmine (Miz Jazzy age five), always eager for a good read, was totally enchanted. Of course we purchased the book and also learned that Jazzy, is the name of John’s dog. Another sweet piece of serendipity. The book is charming, with adorable illustrations made by the author’s daughter. I read this through at one sitting, feeling Wow, what a great way to introduce a child to the seashore, as the book is replete with great morsels of detail. Bertie’s daring adventure to the beach is mentored by a knowledgeable, most sweet seagull. There is of course a moment of panic for Bertie, but I would spoil the story telling more. What’s more… another great adventure is on its way. Support your independent book sellers! This one’s a gem.
Amazon Customer, December 23, 2016 (Hardcover)
A wonderfully written and illustrated coming of age story told through a young mouse’s first visit to the ocean. The author’s passion for the seashore and story telling abilities combine to create an entertaining, charming and timeless story for children of all ages. Great for young readers and/or reading to loved ones by parents and grandparents. Looking forward to reading about Bertie’s next adventure and reconnecting with the beaches of my youth.
Susan Oleary, October 8, 2016 (Kindle)
A wonderful whimsical tale of Bertie the mouse and his explorations at the beach! This book is wonderfully written and has amazing detail, and has a lot of interesting facts I never knew! I would recommend this book to all my family and Friends because it truly is a great find! This book fully deserves 5 stars and I recommend everyone to read it!! Without giving to much away, John Hutchinson has truly written an amazing tale with a lot of heart and an unexpected friendship!!
Karen, February 22, 2017 (Hardcover)
What fun I had reading this book to my grandchild. The illustrations of Bertie’s adventures captured her and drew her into the story as we read it together! Such a discovery to have found this jewel of a book for sale on Main Street in Chatham! I have gone on to buy several copies of this book on Amazon which I have passed on to grand babies of my friends! Looking forward to another book of Bertie’s adventures!
Amazon Customer, May 24, 2017 (Kindle)
Bertie is a brave little mouse
Bertie is indeed an adventurous mouse, and just the sort of book character companion young children will enjoy. He ignores his parents’ cautions to explore the great wide world of the beach, and learns all sorts of things about what life is like for those strange and new-to-him creatures who hang out at the edge of the tide. He encounters several dangers and makes new friends. The story is very engaging, for youngsters and adults reading to them. The illustrations reminded me of Beatrix Potters’ The Tale of Peter the Rabbit and companion books. My mother read them to me when I was of an age to be wandering Cape Cod beaches, picking up clam shells, Horseshoe Crabs, and Moon Snail collars, exploring the same intertidal world Bertie encounters on his adventure. I bought a copy for my granddaughter on her birthday. I think she is waiting for John Hutchinson’s next Bertie adventure to be published, just as I am.