Berto and His Good Ideas – by Magaly Rodriguez (Basic Level) Translated by Blaine Ray
For true beginners.  Short and easy and very amusing.

Berto is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in Madrid, Spain.  His best friend is Paquita.  Poor Berto has one big problem.  He does not like school.  He does not like to study.  He does not like to do homework.  Besides, his teachers are really strange.

Fortunately, Berto has a lot of good ideas.  He thinks of many fun and exciting things to do rather than going to school.  His good ideas include visiting a soccer stadium and an art museum with his friend Paquita.  Berto also thinks about eating delicious pastries at a bakery and rowing a boat in a park.  Berto thinks these are good ideas.  In fact, he thinks they are great ideas.  Are they really?

Chapter Four – Berto and the Perfect Pastry Shop

Instead of going to school…Instead of playing football…Instead of going to the Reina Sofia Museum….Paula and I can go to the pastry shop.  Yes, we can go to the pastry shop.

I am hungry.  I am very hungry.  I want to eat.  I want to eat chocolate.  I am obsessed with chocolate.  I have a chocolate obsession.  I want to eat a ham and cheese sandwich and chocolate.  I have an obsession with chocolate.  I want to eat French fries with chocolate.  I want to eat a chocolate hamburger, chocolate yogurt and chocolate soup.  Yes, it is true.

Paula and I go to the pastry shop.  We don’t go in a car or on a bicycle.  We don’t go on a bus or in a taxi.  We are going on a skateboard.  We like to go on a skateboard.  My skateboard is the best.  It is red, green, purple, white and black.  It is big with four big wheels.  It is the perfect skateboard for me.

Paula and I are going to a pastry shop.  The shop is named Chiky.  Chiky is a pastry shop and is also a cafeteria.  There are a lot of people drinking coffee.  In Spain there are a lot of people who like to drink coffee.  Paula and I don’t like to drink coffee.  We like pastries.  Paula likes all kinds of pastries.  I only like chocolate pastries.  I take out my money and Paula takes out her money.  I take two euros out of my pocket and Paula takes ten euros out of her pocket.  Paula is rich.  Paula is a millionaire.

I tell Paula, “Paula, you are a millionaire.  You have a lot of money.  I am hungry.  Will you buy me some pastries?”

Paula answers, “Of course.  You are my best friend.  I will buy you some pastries.”

Paula buys me some pastries.  She buys me forty-five chocolate pastries.  She also buys me twenty-three coconut cookies and some strawberry ice cream.  I am so hungry that I eat all forty-five pastries, all twenty-three coconut cookies and the strawberry ice cream in two minutes.  Yes, it is true.  How delicious!

It is late.  It is seven-thirty at night.  I have to go home.  Paula has to go home.  I have to go eat with my family.  Paula and I start to walk.  Suddenly I have a stomach ache.

I look at Paula and tell her, “Paula, my stomach hurts.  My stomach is going to explode.  It is an emergency.  Help!”

I throw up.  I throw up forty-five pastries, twenty-three coconut cookies and the strawberry ice cream.  Yes, it is true.


  1.  Where do they go instead of going to school?
  2. Why do they go to the pastry shop?
  3. What does Berto want to eat at the pastry shop?
  4. Is Berto obsessed with chocolate?
  5. How do they go to the pastry shop?
  6. What is the name of the pastry shop?
  7. What are the people doing in the pastry shop?
  8. What do people like to drink in Spain?
  9. Do Berto and Paula like to drink coffee?
  10. Who is a millionaire?
  11. What time do they have to go home?
  12. Who has to eat with his family?
  13. Who has a stomach ache?
  14. Who throws up?
  15. How many pastries does Berto throw up?

Berto and His Good Ideas is published by:
Blaine Ray Workshops, which features TPR Storytelling products and related materials.
Command Performance Language Institute, which features Total Physical Response products and other fine products related to language acquisition and teaching.
Cover art by Pol (
First Edition published June, 2013.
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