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

The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 3: The Creepy Campers


Author: Tony Penn
Illustrator: Brian Martin
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-944882-10-5
Pages: 88
Price: $7.95

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Michael McMichaels is at summer camp with his friend, Kenny, but as they check in for the week, he realizes something is terribly amiss. Instead of simply letting the kids swim and play games all week, the camp counselors have other plans. They will all be competing for the lofty prize of Camper of the Week.

The competitive spirit rises up in most of the campers, making them take risks and scheme in ways they might never have dreamed about before. But being Camper of the Week becomes their most important goal. And if they cheat or scare others off, so what? It’s only in the name of friendly competition.

The Creepy Campers is a humorous look at cheating and deception taken to extremes, and why it’s such a disastrous idea. Kids will enjoy reading this funny story while learning a lesson in the process.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 1, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Bigfoot Seek and Find Books


Title: Bigfoot Visits the Big Cities of the World
Author: D.L. Miller
Publisher: Happy Fox Books
Genre: Seek and Find / Geography
ISBN: 978-1-64124-001-7
Pages: 48
Price: $14.99

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Bigfoot has decided to travel around the world, making stops in New York City, Athens, London, Venice, Tokyo, Toronto, San Francisco, Istanbul, and the Forbidden City. A tour guide to each city precedes the search and find puzzle. Kids are asked to not only find Bigfoot and his legendary footprint in the two-page picture, but also several other people and items that might normally be seen in the city.


Title: Bigfoot Goes on Vacation
Author: D.L. Miller
Publisher: Happy Fox Books
Genre: Seek and Find / Geography
ISBN: 978-1-64124-000-0
Pages: 48
Price: $14.99

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Bigfoot has decided to take a vacation, taking a cruise, going camping and deep sea diving, visiting the carnival, the African Plains, Yellowstone, the beach, a farm, a balloon festival, and Mini-Golf World. A visitor’s guide to each activity precedes the search and find puzzle. Kids are asked to not only find Bigfoot and his legendary footprint in the two-page picture, but also several other people and items that might normally be seen in the area.

Seek and find puzzles are challenging and fun activities for kids. In these two Bigfoot books, they not only have the opportunity to work on the puzzles, but also to learn a little bit about the cities and vacation spots described. I highly recommend them both.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 20, 2018 Posted by | adventure, children, geography | Leave a comment

Don’t Ask a Dinosaur


Authors: Deborah Bruss and Matt Forrest Esenwine
Illustrator: Louie Chin
Publisher: POW!
ISBN: 978-1-57687-841-5
Pages: 32
Price: $17.99

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It’s fun to have dinosaurs at your birthday party, but be careful what you ask them to do! Decorating, wrapping gifts, baking birthday cakes, and blowing up balloons can get pretty chaotic. Some of these beasts just don’t have the necessary skills for a job well done.

In Don’t Ask a Dinosaur, the results of these party preparations are shown with hilarious effect. Along with reading a giggle-worthy script of messes and mistakes, kids will see various dinosaurs, matching their names to the illustrations. A glossary describing each one is also provided at the end of the story.

Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures, and kids will love reading these unusual names as they laugh at their comical actions. I highly recommend Don’t Ask a Dinosaur.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 17, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Little Old Farm Folk


Author & Illustrator: Andrea Wisnewski
Publisher: David R. Godine
Genre: Children / Board books
ISBN: 978-1-56792-594-4
Pages: 34
Price: $7.95

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A little old couple is busy with chores around the farm. Cooking, laundry, milking the cows, harvesting vegetables, and relaxing in the yard fill their days.

Each two page spread in this board book has an illustration of the farm couple in action, plus text explaining their actions. A teaser at the end of each section keeps children eager to discover what comes next.

Farm life is a fun concept for children. Little Old Farm Folk will keep them absorbed and enchanted as they read it over and over again.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 23, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Franny’s Father is a Feminist


Author: Rhonda Leet
Illustrator: Megan Walker
Publisher: POW!
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1576878736
Pages: 32
Price: $17.99

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Feminism has gotten a bad reputation lately, but if you look up the word in the dictionary, it simply means “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” Franny’s father is totally on board with this. He believes Franny can do anything boys can do, and he helps her out as much as possible.

When Franny plays sports, he’s there to cheer her on. When she goes fishing, he shows her how to bait her own hook. And when her bicycle needs repairs, he makes sure she knows which tools to use. Franny’s dad doesn’t limit her to household chores like cooking and laundry. He lets her do the things she enjoys.

The illustrations of this burly, bearded man with his little pink-haired daughter are really precious. It’s obvious through his actions and expressions that he loves her dearly and wants what’s best for her. I enjoyed this unusual take on feminism, and I highly recommend Franny’s Father is a Feminist.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 19, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Paw Patrol: Rescue Time


Author: Cara Stevens
Producer: Nickelodeon
Publisher: Studio Fun International
ISBN: 978-0-7944-3867-8
Pages: 32
Price: $18.99

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In Pups Save a Tooth, the Paw Patrol is called to find a missing tooth, which was placed inside a carrot for safekeeping and has now disappeared. But once they locate the carrot, it isn’t quite so simple to bring it back.

Pups Save the Songbirds sends the Paw Patrol on a hunt for some missing songbirds. Their nests are full of eggs but the birds have vanished. First they need to protect the eggs, so the baby birds can hatch. Then they need to find out where the missing birds have gone and bring them back.

This two-story book also includes a projector watch, which allows kids to scroll through the images that correspond to the stories. Each image is indicated by a number in the text of the story. Fans of Paw Patrol will enjoy this fun book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 1, 2018 Posted by | children, dogs | Leave a comment