Bergers Book Reviews

Rufus Blasts Off!


Author: Kim T. Griswell
Illustrator: Valeri Gorbachev
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4549-2099-1
Pages: 40
Price: $16.95

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Rufus the pig needs more stories and knows just what to do. He’ll travel off into space so he can tell everyone all about it. But first he has to convince Commander Luna he has the right stuff.

Treats, a blanket, and even a space suit aren’t enough. But when Rufus shows up with a flag proclaiming, “I love reading!” along with a bag full of books, Commander Luna finally agrees. And soon Rufus is on Mars, reading to kids everywhere on TV.

Rufus is such a cute character and kids will admire his persistence as he keeps chasing his dreams. His love of books and reading is contagious, inspiring kids to read just because it’s fun. I highly recommend Rufus Blasts Off!.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 16, 2018 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

Whose Baby Butt?


Author: Stan Tekiela
Publisher:Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-59193-783-8
Pages: 48
Price: $14.95

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Baby animals have the cutest features, including their fuzzy, little butts. But can you identify the animal by its baby butt? Whose Baby Butt? uses this question to introduce kids to ten adorable baby animals.

One one two-page spread, kids see a photo of the baby butt to identify. A short blurb accompanies it, ending with the question, “Whose baby butt is this?” In the second two-page spread, the baby is pictured in full, often with parents and siblings, along with a description of the animal. The final pages of this book include more facts about the animals pictured.

Kids love baby animals, and they’ll get a kick out of identifying them by their baby butts. I highly recommend this fun nature book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 10, 2018 Posted by | animals, children, nature | Leave a comment

What Eats That?


Author: Ryan Jacobson
Photographer: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Children / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-59193-749-4
Pages: 32
Price: $14.95

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“A food chain is a string of living things that eat (and might be eaten by) other living things.” What Eats That? explains the concept of a food chain to kids, showing the relationships between predator and prey.

Each animal in a food chain is pictured, along with an explanation of what it eats. A teaser then prompts kids to turn the page and find out who eats it. Beginning with a butterfly eating the nectar of a flower, there is a progression all the way up to humans and the natural end of the food chain. Just for fun, kids are encouraged to build their own food chains beginning with a mosquito. The eating habits of the animals pictured are included in the appendix.

As an animal person, I was a bit worried that I’d see cute and cuddly animals described as dinner. But the authors mostly stay away from those prey, focusing more on insects and cold-blooded animals. Kids will enjoy learning about the food chain with this book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 9, 2018 Posted by | animals, children, nature | Leave a comment

Paint by Sticker Kids: Beautiful Bugs


Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Genre: Children / Art/ Nature
ISBN: 978-1-5235-0295-0
Pages: 34
Price: 9.95

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Creating images of bugs has never been easier with Paint by Sticker Kids: Beautiful Bugs. Each bug design contains numbered stickers that kids can peel and stick in the designated spot on the diagram. Designs are printed on perforated card stock with colorful backgrounds, suitable for displaying their sticker bug creations.

Some of the featured bugs include: ladybug, spider, beetles, firefly, and butterflies, as well as many other interesting creatures. The age range listed for this book is K-6, but younger children may need some adult assistance to make sure the stickers end up in the right place. Tweezers are recommended for proper placement, and stickers are not removable.

Each design is a puzzle which can only be revealed by proper placement of the stickers, so kids will enjoy the act of creating a beautiful bug. I highly recommend this enjoyable nature activity book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 3, 2018 Posted by | animals, art, children, nature | Leave a comment

Animal Adventures: Sharks


Aathor: Cynthia Stierle
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Genre: Animals / Children
ISBN: 978-1-62686-487-0
Pages: 40
Price: $21.95

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Sharks are fascinating creatures, but how much do kids really know about them? How do they breathe, what do they eat, how do they reproduce, and who are their friends and enemies? In using Animal Adventures: Sharks, kids will get to read all about these dangerous ocean-dwellers and play with the materials provided. Each kit contains a 40-page reference book, six plastic sharks, four 3-D models to build, 20 fact cards, and a dramatic seven piece diorama to create and decorate with 54 reusable stickers.

Kids who enjoying learning about animals will love this kit. This is a great resource for classroom or home use.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 26, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

Make and Move: Shark


Author: Jen Green
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Genre: Children / Animals
ISBN: 978-1-62686-490-0
Pages: 28
Price: $19.95

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There are many kinds of sharks and most of them are harmless to humans. These fascinating sea creatures come in many interesting shapes and sizes. Illustrations and descriptions of some of these sharks are included in this guidebook, which details the features that make them unique. Skeleton, skin, size, fins and tails, as well as other body styles and behaviors are described and explained.

In addition to reading the shark guidebook, kids can make a model shark from heavy-duty cutout cardboard pieces. Make and Move: Shark is a fun book for all kids who love to learn about animals.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 27, 2017 Posted by | animals, children, nature, science | Leave a comment

A House for a Mouse


Author & Illustrator: Rebecca Westberg
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1450511421
Pages: 24
Price: $9.49

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Whiskers and Cheesepuff are two mice living in a house. Foraging among the humans is great until one day Whiskers is nearly caught. The humans put out sticky traps to catch the mice, and Cheesepuff decides it might be best for them to leave. But Whiskers has a different plan which leads to surprisingly wonderful results.

These two mice are comfortable in their “house for a mouse” when they are suddenly faced with adversity. Although the easiest choice is to simply walk away, Whiskers thinks it’s possible that they can peacefully coexist. And in offering kindness to the people in the house, he finds a way for them all to be happy.

A House for a Mouse is a sweet animal story with a subtle message of peacemaking. Kids will love it!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 13, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet (Mutasia)


Author: Suzanne Cotsakos
Illustrator: Ryan McCulloch
Publisher: Mutasian Entertainment LLC
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0985600280
Pages: 48
Price: $15.99

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Billie Penicorn is a penguin-leopard-narwhal with a problem. Her pugapillar is too boring, and she wants to find a new pet. So her friend, Figley, the possum-cow-finch, tries to help. He knows of several mixed-up animals that would make fine pets, and brings them to Billie one by one for her approval. Each of the possible pets is also made up of several different animals, and one part seems to be perfect while another is definitely not. Billie looks at them all, growing more and more frustrated that she can’t find the perfect pet. Finally, Figley discovers the one pet that would suit her best, and Billie is happy once again.

Billie doesn’t know what she’s looking for when she casts aside her faithful pugapillar. But in searching for something different, she realizes what she truly wants. Kids will see that the grass is not always greener on the other side, and what they already have is probably what they really wanted all along.

Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet is a humorous story told with unique and colorful illustrations of preposterous animal combinations. Other Mutasia books in this series are also available, as is an adorable line of plush Mutasia animals. Kids will really enjoy these creative Mutasia books and stuffed animals. I highly recommend them.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 14, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

Super Animal Powers: The Amazing Abilities of Animals

Super Animal Powers
Author: Ryan Jacobson
Photographer: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Wildlife Picture Books
Genre: Animals / Nature / Children
ISBN: 978-1-59193-648-0
Pages: 32
Price: $12.95

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Some animals can do amazing things. In fact, you might even say they have super powers. For instance, a Peregrine Falcon can fly more than 200 miles per hour. A Dung Beetle can lift and carry 1,141 other Dung Beetles. And a Northern Raccoon is the smartest and sneakiest thief, when it comes to food.

But these aren’t the only animals with super powers. This unique book describes the amazing abilities of 14 different animals with powers like super strength, super vision, and invisibility. Each two page spread describes the featured animal’s super power, and includes several photos of each in their natural habitats.

Kids really enjoy reading about our natural world and the fascinating animals that inhabit it. Super Animal Powers: The Amazing Abilities of Animals is sure to be a big hit.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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February 27, 2017 Posted by | animals, children, nature | Leave a comment

The Red Car That Tyler Wanted

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Author & Illustrator: Mary A. Kurban, Ed.D.
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-692-67003-3
Pages: 20
Price: $7.99

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Tyler sees a little red car in the window of the store, and he wants it very much. His mom tells him that if he’s a very good little rabbit, he will receive it for his birthday. Tyler is exceptionally good. He finishes his milk and carrot, picks up his toys, and folds his clothes neatly before going to bed. After weeks and weeks of very good behavior, his birthday arrives. True to her word, his mom gives him his treasured red car.

A birthday party is planned for later in the day, and until his friends arrive, Tyler plays with his new red car. It’s just perfect and he loves playing with it. But when his guests finally arrive, Tyler has a problem. His mom only purchased party favors for six guests, and one of his friends brought his little brother. When his six friends receive their toys to play with, the uninvited little rabbit begins to cry. Tyler responds in a completely unexpected and heartwarming way, showing everyone that friends mean much more than things.

Tyler models an incredible generosity in not only sharing his toys, but his most treasured possession. Through his actions, he learns that giving is much more enjoyable than receiving. Kids and moms will adore Tyler.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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January 11, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment