Bergers Book Reviews

Noodlehead Nightmares

Noodlehead Nightmares
Authors: Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss
Illustrator: Tedd Arnold
Publisher: Holiday House
Genre: Children / Humor
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3566-1
Pages: 48
Price: $15.95

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Mac and Mac are noodleheads, so they have nothing in their heads. They love pie but hate making their beds. When their mom bribes them with a freshly baked pie, they comply, but only until they’re duped out of their prize. So, in an effort to avoid their dreaded chore, they come up with schemes to sleep elsewhere, leading to uncomfortable nights of slumber.

Noodlehead Nightmares is a silly spoof that will inspire lots of giggles. Written in a comic book style, this book is fun and easy to read, even for the most reluctant reader. I hope we get to see more of these noodleheads.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 17, 2016 Posted by | cartoon, children, humor | Leave a comment

Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos

Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos
Author & Illustrator: Simon Tofield
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Cats / Humor
ISBN: 978-1-61775-158-5
Pages: 240
Price: $15.95

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Simon’s cat is living the good life – until a new kitten joins the household. Although initially disliking the newcomer, the older cat finally decides to give it some pointers on how to behave – and how best to get into trouble. Two cats are much more destructive than one, as Simon soon finds out.

In this series of cartoons, Simon’s cat alternately torments and schemes with his new kitten companion. Taking on the backyard woodchucks and bunnies, as well as the neighborhood dog, these two feline companions find themselves in some amusing situations.

Simon’s Cat Youtube videos have generated over 350 million views, and these books make perfect gifts for the cat lover in your life. Just don’t let their kitties see them!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

February 8, 2016 Posted by | cartoon, cats, humor | Leave a comment

Simon’s Cat vs. the World

Simon's Cat vs. the World
Author & Illustrator: Simon Tofield
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Humor / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-61775-188-2
Pages: 96
Price: $15.95

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The beloved kitty star of Youtube videos faces off against various foes in Simon’s Cat vs. the World. In one or two page, full-color, illustrated spreads, Simon’s Cat gets into all kinds of mischief. This wily feline takes on such challenges as grooming, camping, a new kitten, and the great outdoors, among many others.

Cat owners will delight in seeing this impish cat in action, recognizing their own furry companions in his antics. While it’s always been fun to speculate what our own cats are thinking or plotting, Simon’s Cat demonstrates their destructive plans in these laugh-out-loud illustrations.

Simon’s Cat books make perfect gifts for the cat lover in your life. Just don’t let their kitties see them!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 29, 2015 Posted by | cartoon, cats, humor | Leave a comment

The Snoopy Treasures: A Celebration of the World Famous Beagle

The Snoopy Treasures
Author: Nat Gertler
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 978-1-62686-440-5
Pages: 176
Price: $34.95

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Snoopy made his debut in 1950, and soon became world famous. As he appeared in Peanuts cartoons, he evolved from an ordinary beagle who walked on all fours to nearly human in his personality and mannerisms.

The Snoopy Treasures follows Snoopy through the years, focusing on various aspects of his life. Sports, writing, family, and World War I all feature in Snoopy’s pursuits, as well as his interactions with Charlie Brown, Woodstock, and the other children he spent time with. Snoopy was far more than a simple house pet – he was a beagle with a mind of his own.

In addition to a wealth of information about Snoopy’s activities through the years, this beautiful treasury includes pockets holding original artwork replicas and other memorabilia. Peanuts fans of all ages will enjoy The Snoopy Treasures. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 12, 2015 Posted by | cartoon, humor | Leave a comment

Zombie Cat: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty


Author: Isabel Atherton
Illustrator: Bethany Straker
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Horror / Humor
ISBN: 978-1616088842
Pages: 32
Price: $12.95

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Tiddles was once an ordinary cat. He chased mice, caroused with the lady cats, and spent time with his owner, Jake. But when a nuclear power plant spill wreaks havoc on the city, Tiddles finds himself in a dire predicament. He is now Zombie Cat.

As zombies take over the city, Tiddles just wants to go home. But Jake isn’t so keen on bringing him back into the house. After all, Jake has no desire to join the undead. A truce is finally reached, at least for the moment.

Although poor Tiddles is reduced to rotting body parts and oozing insides, he’s still a loveable character. Zombie Cat would be a cute addition to any cat or zombie lover’s book collection.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

October 26, 2012 Posted by | cartoon, cats, humor | Leave a comment

Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up


Author & Illustrator: Drew Aquilina
Publisher: Mariposa Press
Genre: Cartoon / Nature
ISBN: 978-0966689976
Pages: 197
Price $19.99

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Iggy: a turtle who suffers from claustrophobia
Radic: a dragonfly who likes to “bug” everyone, especially Iggy
Cabby: a frog with short legs and an overly enhanced brain
Roc: a rogue raccoon who always seems to find the trash

Green Pieces: The cartoon which somehow manages to bring these odd characters together, while also promoting care for the environment.

This comic strip takes a funny look at life at the pond, from the perspective of these four zany characters. Problems like turtle salmonella, a cartoon lawsuit demanding that these cartoon animals wear pants, and worries about how to survive hibernation keep them all busy. But ultimately preserving their little home is the most important thing to worry about, and they don’t take environmental issues lightly.

Green Pieces is a humorous look at life at the pond through the eyes of those who live there year-round. The pictures are well-drawn, and the clever plot lines keep the reader entertained, while often laughing out loud at some of these characters’ antics. I highly recommend this environmentally friendly cartoon book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 5, 2010 Posted by | cartoon, nature | Leave a comment