My Brother Bert

Ted Hughes; Pictures by Tracey Campbell Pearson

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Bert’s little sister knows that he loves to bring home pets and hide them in his room, and her curiosity about what is going on in there has been building and building. Finally she simply cannot wait any longer to check it out for herself. Inside, she discovers a zoo-worthy collection of animals tucked into every nook and cranny. But after she gets them out and about, can she undo the chaos and put everyone back in their proper places before Bert comes home?

Playful illustrations by Tracey Campbell Pearson offer a bright and funny new interpretation of Ted Hughes’s classic poem.


Praise for My Brother Bert

“Just right for such a ‘house-shaking rumpus.’” Horn Book

“The verses are buoyant and accessible and Pearson’s busy animal-filled drawings call attention to whimsical details . . . . An excellent read-aloud.” School Library Journal

“Good fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Full of action, merriment, and wit, the pictures will occupy readers with always one more thing to see . . . . Dizzying and delightful.” —Starred, Booklist

“The good-natured mayhem will propel readers to the final page.” —Publishers Weekly 

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Ted Hughes; Pictures by Tracey Campbell Pearson

  • TED HUGHES (1930–1998) published numerous volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He was appointed Poet Laureate of England in 1984 and received the Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction in 1985. TRACEY CAMPBELL PEARSON is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson, a Booklist Editors’ Choice Top of the List–Youth Picture Book winner and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont
  • Tracey Campbell Pearson
    Tracey Campbell Pearson


Available Formats and Book Details

My Brother Bert

Ted Hughes; Pictures by Tracey Campbell Pearson

  • Hardcover