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Chapter Forty-Five: Bert in Jeroboam

In this chapter we follow Bert's journey north to find his cousin in Jeroboam. Click the icon to read the chapter. 

"Not until he sneaked into Kurdsburg on the third night did he come face-to-face for the first time with a picture of himself on a Wanted poster, taped up in a cheesemonger’s window. Luckily, the drawing of a neat, smiling young man looked nothing like the reflection of the grubby tramp he saw staring out of the dark glass beside it."


What do you think Bert looks like when he is neat and tidy? What do you think he looks like now?


Use the template (or a piece of paper) to draw both Berts. They are like two different people, but some things will always be the same such as the colour of his eyes, the shape of his nose and the smile on his face - if he is smiling at all! 



This is your chance to become an illustrator when The Ickabog is published. If you are in Key Stage Two, your parents can submit your pictures to the competition. Here's what you need to draw from Chapters Forty-Five and Forty-Six.


The boarded up tavern

Roderick in his pyjamas

Basher John and his blunderbuss


Enter the competition by clicking the link below. Remember, you need an adult to send in your images and all images must be sent in by 17th July.