Bergers Book Reviews

Big Cat

Big Cat
Author & Illustrator: Ethan Long
Publisher: Holiday House
Genre: Children / Reading / Cats
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3538-8
Pages: 32
Price: $14.95

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Big Cat lives with a little girl who thinks he’s fun. Rather than just letting him sleep, she wakes him up, dances with him, dresses him up, and gives him a hug. Using simple sentences beginning with “Big Cat can…” this I Like to Read Book introduces children to one syllable words. Humorous illustrations demonstrate Big Cat’s patience with his young playmate. This book would be an enjoyable addition to classroom libraries.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 24, 2016 Posted by | cats, children, education | Leave a comment

Lazy Hero Cat: The Rise of the Nap

Lazy Hero Cat - The Rise of the Nap
Author: Stanford Crow
Illustrator: Christian Paniagua
Publisher: Bliss Group Books
Genre: Children / Cats
ISBN: 978-1940021232
Pages: 70
Price: $8.99

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Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt: Bubastis the cat is very lazy. He sleeps all day on top of the sarcophagus of Queen Nefertari, too lazy to look, listen or smell anything. So he doesn’t move at all when two tomb robbers break in to steal from the sarcophagus. But being lazy is just the right way to handle these thieves. In a comedy of errors, Bubastis manages to knock them both out, just by doing nothing. And the next day, he is hailed as a hero when the men are discovered in the tomb.

Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates: Bubastis “Bub” the cat is back and this time he’s sunning himself on the bank of the Nile, enjoying a cozy catnap. When the river floods, he’s too lazy to notice he’s floating away. Pirates net his cat bed and bring him on board their ship to catch rats. Bub just continues to snooze, so the pirates get angry and make him walk the plank. But Bub has no intention of doing anything but sleep. Luckily for the pirates, his laziness will pay off in ways they never expected.

Lazy Hero Cat and the Dragon: Bubastis the cat is sleeping by a volcano on an island. When the volcano explodes, he flies through the air, landing in a cave inhabited by a dragon. Soon he finds himself inside the dragon’s belly along with a knight. But instead of being concerned, Bub keeps on sleeping, and as the knight pets him, he begins to purr. Dragons aren’t used to purring cats in their bellies, and soon his ongoing slumber benefits both the knight and the dragon.

Lazy Hero Cat:The Rise of the Nap is a delightfully humorous read. Kids will really enjoy these fun stories.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 6, 2016 Posted by | cats, children | Leave a comment

Graphic Classics Vol. 25: Canine / Feline Classics

Graphic Classics - Canine & Feline Classics
Authos: Ray Bradbury, P. G. Wodehouse, Algernon Blackwood, Robert E. Howard, Franz Kafka, Saki, Edward Lear, Joe R. Lansdale, Carl Sandburg, Joseph Jacobs, H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce
Editors: John Lehman, Tom Pomplun
Illustrators: Dragan Kovacevic, Neale Blanden, Milton Knight, Senthil Kumar, Evert Geradts, Hunt Emerson, Shary Flenniken, Jim McMunn, J. B. Bonivert, John Findley, Shepherd Hendrix, Randy DuBurke
Publisher: Eureka Productions
ISBN: 978-0-9825630-8-3
Pages: 144
Price: $19.95

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If you’re looking for warm and fuzzy animal stories, you won’t find them in this book. Instead, dark tales like The Emissary, Ancient Sorceries, The Beast from the Abyss, and Dog, Cat and Baby fill these pages, along with the appropriately somber illustrations. A few cheerier tales in The Owl and the Pussycat, Ulysses and the Dogman, and What I Learn from Dogs/Cats are interspersed to lighten things up.

Teens (and adults) can augment their literary knowledge by reading these abridged classics. Illustrations are provided by several talented authors, as these stories come to life in graphic novel form.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 2, 2016 Posted by | cats, dogs, graphic novel | 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

Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes

Simon's Cat Off to the Vet
Author & Illustrator: Simon Tofield
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Cats / Humor
ISBN: 978-1-61775-402-9
Pages: 240
Price: $27.95

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Cats do the craziest things, and it’s amazing how clever they can be when faced with a visit to the vet. Hiding, attempting to resist being put into the cat carrier, and generally creating havoc at the vet’s office, they make sure no one will ever want to repeat the performance. Simon’s Cat has vet catastrophes down to a science, as he shows us exactly what level of destruction he’s capable of. In addition to his visit to the vet, Simon’s Cat also terrorizes the neighbor next door and the kitten who lives in the house with him.

Simon’s Cat books are comics without any words, and the pictures tell a hilarious story. Any cat lover who is unfamiliar with Simon’s Cat will want to find a copy of Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes as soon as possible — and will then need to complete his collection. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

November 5, 2015 Posted by | cats, humor | Leave a comment

Copycat and a Litter of Other Cats

Copycat
Author & Illustrator: David Yow
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Humor / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-61775-270-4
Pages: 160
Price: $23.95

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The letters “C-A-T” form parts of dozens of words in the English language. Using this as his premise, David Yow has combined his love of both cats and puns in Copycat and a Litter of Other Cats. This unique book shares a cat-inspired phrase with Yow’s drawings of cats in situations representing the pun.

Grumpy Cat, Felix the Cat, Top Cat and Sylvester the Cat make guest appearances, joining Alley Cat, Tomcat, and Bobcat in this parade of bright-eyed cats. Copycat is a fun and whimsical book that any cat lover will enjoy.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 2, 2014 Posted by | cats, humor | Leave a comment

Is That My Cat?

Is That My Cat
Author & Illustrator: Jonathan Allen
Publisher: Boxer Books
Genre: Children / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-907967-74-0
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Someone’s cat looks quite different these days. She’s suddenly so large she barely fits through the cat flap. She can no longer be picked up with one hand. And this fussy eater now gobbles up every last bite of food. Who is this fat cat, who is no longer a slim, sleek pussycat?

This cute black kitty has a surprise, and it’s a very happy one. Is That My Cat? is a darling book that will please all cat lovers.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 4, 2014 Posted by | cats, children | Leave a comment

The Great Cat Caper (S.A.V.E. Squad: Book 2)

The Great Cat Caper
Authors: Lauraine Snelling & Kathleen Damp Wright
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Genre: Children / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-61626-566-3
Pages: 160
Price: $5.99

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Vee is beginning sixth grade in the Accelerated Learning Center. Always driven to excel, she anticipates a great year ahead of her. But a problem with her math score may send her back to regular sixth grade, much to her dismay.

After asking her dad to set up math tutoring for her retest, she tackles an assigned community service project along with her S.A.V.E. Squad friends. This time they will be arranging the Great Cat Caper at the senior center, in an attempt to find homes for the cats at Paws ‘N’ Claws rescue. The project takes on new significance when the TV show Everything Animal decides to film their efforts. But who is “mouthwash lady,” and is she trying to sabotage everything?

In this sequel to Dog Daze, we meet Vee, the second member of the squad. Vee is troubled over her parents’ divorce and remarriages, and trying to get used to her new family dynamics. Finding treasure in God, she finally realizes she has the “spot” she’s been looking for.  The Great Cat Caper is an enjoyable faith-filled read.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

February 21, 2014 Posted by | cats, children | 2 Comments

Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates

Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates
Author: Stanford Crow
Illustrator: Nancy S. Hemmingson
Publisher: Bliss Group Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-940021-06-5
Pages: 26
Price: $7.50

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Bubastis “Bub” the cat is back (Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt) and this time he’s sunning himself on the bank of the Nile, enjoying a cozy catnap. When the river floods, he’s too lazy to notice he’s floating away. Pirates net his cat bed and bring him on board their ship to catch rats.

Bub just continues to snooze, so the pirates get angry and make him walk the plank. But Bub has no intention of doing anything but sleep. Luckily for the pirates, his laziness will pay off in ways they never expected.

Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates is a delightfully humorous read. Kids will really enjoy this fun series.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

February 11, 2014 Posted by | cats, children | Leave a comment