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Your favorite purr-nalists are back and reporting on all of the most pressing cat issues in this fourth collection of Breaking Cat News comics for middle-grade readers. It’s big changes for the kitties at BCN! Burt is bringing this news station up a notch. Join Burt behind the scenes as he updates some of our favorite broadcasts from the past, with better imagery and brand Your favorite purr-nalists are back and reporting on all of the most pressing cat issues in this fourth collection of Breaking Cat News comics for middle-grade readers. It’s big changes for the kitties at BCN! Burt is bringing this news station up a notch. Join Burt behind the scenes as he updates some of our favorite broadcasts from the past, with better imagery and brand new footage! Including a trip to the vet, exploring the cupboards, hordes of trick or treaters, the action packed "Our IX Lives" Christmas special, and Puck daring to believe in the elusive, mythical Mailman. This book welcomes some of the first BCN newspaper strips as Breaking Cat News made the jump from web to newsprint! Enjoy classic strips with beautiful updated artwork and never before seen broadcasts! Includes a “More to Explore” section with "Our IX Lives" paper dolls and a real-life behind-the-scenes peek into when BCN first rolled out in newspapers.


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Your favorite purr-nalists are back and reporting on all of the most pressing cat issues in this fourth collection of Breaking Cat News comics for middle-grade readers. It’s big changes for the kitties at BCN! Burt is bringing this news station up a notch. Join Burt behind the scenes as he updates some of our favorite broadcasts from the past, with better imagery and brand Your favorite purr-nalists are back and reporting on all of the most pressing cat issues in this fourth collection of Breaking Cat News comics for middle-grade readers. It’s big changes for the kitties at BCN! Burt is bringing this news station up a notch. Join Burt behind the scenes as he updates some of our favorite broadcasts from the past, with better imagery and brand new footage! Including a trip to the vet, exploring the cupboards, hordes of trick or treaters, the action packed "Our IX Lives" Christmas special, and Puck daring to believe in the elusive, mythical Mailman. This book welcomes some of the first BCN newspaper strips as Breaking Cat News made the jump from web to newsprint! Enjoy classic strips with beautiful updated artwork and never before seen broadcasts! Includes a “More to Explore” section with "Our IX Lives" paper dolls and a real-life behind-the-scenes peek into when BCN first rolled out in newspapers.

30 review for Behind the Scenes with Burt: A Breaking Cat News Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    That is just fun and funny to read! I really like the comic style of presentation. It's easy to read and have fun with the entertainment it's trying to provide. The characters are fun. They seem familiar. That's the best part. The young readers will understand the humour and what the characters are talking about. The facial expressions will crack you up now and then. Kudos, artist! I love the second half more! You will know why! Thank you, Andrews McMeel, for the advance reading copy. That is just fun and funny to read! I really like the comic style of presentation. It's easy to read and have fun with the entertainment it's trying to provide. The characters are fun. They seem familiar. That's the best part. The young readers will understand the humour and what the characters are talking about. The facial expressions will crack you up now and then. Kudos, artist! I love the second half more! You will know why! Thank you, Andrews McMeel, for the advance reading copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    You know how your favorite DVD (or Blu-Ray) comes with all those Special Bonus Features? They don't actually continue the storyline, but they add to and enhance it and make it even better. Plus, they mean you get to spend a little more time with your favorite characters. This book is like that. Here we have remastered scenes of some of the best comics from the first couple seasons of Breaking Cat News. Plus outtakes, deleted scenes, rough storyboards, conceptual art, and a making-of featurette. A You know how your favorite DVD (or Blu-Ray) comes with all those Special Bonus Features? They don't actually continue the storyline, but they add to and enhance it and make it even better. Plus, they mean you get to spend a little more time with your favorite characters. This book is like that. Here we have remastered scenes of some of the best comics from the first couple seasons of Breaking Cat News. Plus outtakes, deleted scenes, rough storyboards, conceptual art, and a making-of featurette. Additionally, there's an episode of Our Nine Lives, which is comparable to the animated shorts that sometimes accompany Disney and Pixar flims. I'm giving this four stars (4.5 actually) simply because it is more like a Bonus Disc rather than a sequel. I'm hoping the storyline picks back up with Pucky, Prince of Bacon: A Breaking Cat News Adventure. Still...this was a fun way to spend a rainy (and rather chilly) spring evening. I loved it! p.s. My sympathies to Ms. Dunn for having to deal with Elvis at the Vet. I can relate. My sassy kitty Lilo is infamous, notorious, and feared at both our regular vet and the 24-hour specialty clinic. She's been described as "strong-willed", "spicy", and "downright difficult". And I'm pretty sure she's bitten office staff as well . Fortunately my other kitty Gizmo (seen on my current profile pic) is a big marshmallow and has never been any trouble.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Morris

    Burt is back and as funny and entertaining as ever! Kids and adults who are cat lovers will enjoy the feline antics. It's also good for the reluctant reader. This unbiased review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher. Burt is back and as funny and entertaining as ever! Kids and adults who are cat lovers will enjoy the feline antics. It's also good for the reluctant reader. This unbiased review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    This book is a fun and very entertaining. My daughter that is in Middle School enjoyed it from beginning to end and was disappointed when it was over. The characters and story are humorous and cute. I highly recommend this book for ages 9 - 14, but adults will also find the humor in this book. I am grateful to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Breaking Cat News has been one of my favorite strips ever since I found it as a webcomic years and years ago. The art is absolutely charming and the characters have such well-developed personalities. Dunn's attention to detail is delightful and fascinating. Definitely a modern classic. Breaking Cat News has been one of my favorite strips ever since I found it as a webcomic years and years ago. The art is absolutely charming and the characters have such well-developed personalities. Dunn's attention to detail is delightful and fascinating. Definitely a modern classic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    Thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel for the ARC of this! My daughter and I are obsessed with this series! The cats are so cute, and I love the additional animals they interact with - the dog, mice, and even an owl. This one was a little heavy on the kitty cat soap opera, and less on their own lives, so I liked it just a little less than previous installments. It was still really cute though and I definitely recommend it for fans of the series. Perfect for middle grade and up, it’s just really Thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel for the ARC of this! My daughter and I are obsessed with this series! The cats are so cute, and I love the additional animals they interact with - the dog, mice, and even an owl. This one was a little heavy on the kitty cat soap opera, and less on their own lives, so I liked it just a little less than previous installments. It was still really cute though and I definitely recommend it for fans of the series. Perfect for middle grade and up, it’s just really sweet and easy to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Bradshaw

    Even though this contains a number of redone strips from the first book, Georgia's style has changed a lot from the "old" days, (i.e. before newspapers). I liked the framing of going behind the scenes with Burt. The "Our IX Lives" Christmas special was a bit underwhelming, and it was a little hard to follow. Hey, I know! Georgia should do a whole book just on Our IX Lives! Loved the paperdolls, and if I were younger, I just might copy them onto tagboard and cut them out to play with. Laughter is Even though this contains a number of redone strips from the first book, Georgia's style has changed a lot from the "old" days, (i.e. before newspapers). I liked the framing of going behind the scenes with Burt. The "Our IX Lives" Christmas special was a bit underwhelming, and it was a little hard to follow. Hey, I know! Georgia should do a whole book just on Our IX Lives! Loved the paperdolls, and if I were younger, I just might copy them onto tagboard and cut them out to play with. Laughter is the best medicine and this gave me a very pleasant hour away from the real world. Description: It’s big changes for the kitties at BCN! Burt is bringing this news station up a notch. Join Burt behind the scenes as he updates some of our favorite broadcasts from the past, with better imagery and brand new footage! Including a trip to the vet, exploring the cupboards, hordes of trick or treaters, the action packed "Our IX Lives" Christmas special, and Puck daring to believe in the elusive, mythical Mailman. This book welcomes some of the first BCN newspaper strips as Breaking Cat News made the jump from web to newsprint! Enjoy classic strips with beautiful updated artwork and never before seen broadcasts! Includes a “More to Explore” section with paper dolls and a real-life behind the scenes peek into when BCN first rolled out in newspapers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

    Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. Well, I just just just finished the original BCN trilogy and said I was desperate for more! And this... Isn't really it! Well, that's not fair. It does start with a holiday special that focuses on our amazing soap opera, Our IX Lives, which is hysterical and perfect. And there's a bit of newness sprinkled in, as well. But this is also mostly a celebration of the fact that BCN got upgraded to newsprint, and while I ABSOLUTELY hope th Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. Well, I just just just finished the original BCN trilogy and said I was desperate for more! And this... Isn't really it! Well, that's not fair. It does start with a holiday special that focuses on our amazing soap opera, Our IX Lives, which is hysterical and perfect. And there's a bit of newness sprinkled in, as well. But this is also mostly a celebration of the fact that BCN got upgraded to newsprint, and while I ABSOLUTELY hope that means it will make it to my local paper soon, it did mean this was a lot of reprints. This might not have been a problem if I didn't marathon the first three books within the last two months, but. Alas. Outside of my whining, though, this comic is absolutely amazing and delightful, and I can't really get enough of these cats.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bethea

    This is the first time I have read any of the comics that are in this book. The first half of the book was told in a story that I had difficulty following. However, I did appreciate the illustrations and the humor associated with cat antics. The second half of the book was a series of comic strips. I thoroughly enjoyed them and laughed out loud quite a few times. As a cat owner, I could appreciate the humor and references to cat antics such as chasing a June bug, getting into the laundry, hiding This is the first time I have read any of the comics that are in this book. The first half of the book was told in a story that I had difficulty following. However, I did appreciate the illustrations and the humor associated with cat antics. The second half of the book was a series of comic strips. I thoroughly enjoyed them and laughed out loud quite a few times. As a cat owner, I could appreciate the humor and references to cat antics such as chasing a June bug, getting into the laundry, hiding from the vacuum, and playing in boxes. The cats each had distinct personalities which were portrayed in both the dialogue and illustrations. The illustrations lent a lot to the book and it was fun to look at the details put into each one. I think if I would have read the comics in the back first, I would have understood the characters better and would have appreciated the first half more. The upper elementary and middle school students I work with love graphic novels and I think this is one they would enjoy. It is the perfect kind of humor for children of that age and for adults who are cat lovers (or at least cat owners). I will be recommending this book to my students as one I think they would enjoy. Thank you to #NetGalley for an ARC of #BehindtheSceneswithBurt by #GeorgiaDunn in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Josephine Sorrell

    I had trouble sticking with this one. I thought the cat humor was spot on as a cat owner. I do think middle school readers will like the series. In this installment, we Join Burt behind the scenes as he updates some of our favorite broadcasts from the past, with brand new footage. For example, a trip to the vet, exploring the cupboards, hordes of trick or treaters, the action packed "Our IX Lives" Christmas special, and Puck vs the Mailman. Another humor packed graphic novel. This is the fourth in I had trouble sticking with this one. I thought the cat humor was spot on as a cat owner. I do think middle school readers will like the series. In this installment, we Join Burt behind the scenes as he updates some of our favorite broadcasts from the past, with brand new footage. For example, a trip to the vet, exploring the cupboards, hordes of trick or treaters, the action packed "Our IX Lives" Christmas special, and Puck vs the Mailman. Another humor packed graphic novel. This is the fourth in 5he series of Burt, so I guess I’m a little late to the party. Maybe I should have gotten to know Burt in the beginning,b

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennyfer

    Behind the Scenes with Burt is a Cat News comic. A crew of news cats take a station break, leaving just Burt the camera operator behind to remaster and rerun old footage. The first half o the book is taken up with the remaining cats watching a kitty version of Days of our Lives; the latter half contains the original strips that were drawn for newspaper syndication. The comics are slice-of-life comics from the household cats point of view, and include such highlights as "discovering treasures und Behind the Scenes with Burt is a Cat News comic. A crew of news cats take a station break, leaving just Burt the camera operator behind to remaster and rerun old footage. The first half o the book is taken up with the remaining cats watching a kitty version of Days of our Lives; the latter half contains the original strips that were drawn for newspaper syndication. The comics are slice-of-life comics from the household cats point of view, and include such highlights as "discovering treasures under the couch" and "laser pointers" among many more. A very cute comic strip! ~Many thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Wow where to begin with this book. First let me say that I have not read any of the other books in this series or by this author. This book had a lot of issues for me. I feel the storyline/flow of the book was choppy. I feel like it was written by someone who was suffering from OCD.? Just when I began to like or understand the story it would change without warning in a totally different direction. Several times Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Wow where to begin with this book. First let me say that I have not read any of the other books in this series or by this author. This book had a lot of issues for me. I feel the storyline/flow of the book was choppy. I feel like it was written by someone who was suffering from OCD.? Just when I began to like or understand the story it would change without warning in a totally different direction. Several times I felt like details were missing and it took me a page or two to catch up again. I don’t feel like I got to know the characters. They were very flat to me so I could not fully invest in them. It was so hard for me to follow that I stopped reading after 30 pages. This is the first time that has happened to me since joining NetGalley and doing reviews. The pictures that went with the book were ok. Overall, I am not going to be reading more from this series or by this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alison C

    I make no attempt to objectively “review” Georgia Dunn’s brilliant Breaking Cat News comic, I simply adore each and every panel she creates. “Behind the Scenes with Burt” is no exception to that rule, and in fact I love it even more than all of her other books - because this one includes strips I’ve not previously seen, yay! There’s some information here about the process of coloring comic strips for print newspapers and digitally, there are costumes for the characters for children to cut out an I make no attempt to objectively “review” Georgia Dunn’s brilliant Breaking Cat News comic, I simply adore each and every panel she creates. “Behind the Scenes with Burt” is no exception to that rule, and in fact I love it even more than all of her other books - because this one includes strips I’ve not previously seen, yay! There’s some information here about the process of coloring comic strips for print newspapers and digitally, there are costumes for the characters for children to cut out and use, and there are priceless descriptions of important events like the 2 AM Running of the Cats (lamps, beware!), a Trip to the Vet and the Attack of the Vacuum Cleaner, among many other important matters. This is a book for everyone who loves cats, and the people who love the people who love cats; highly recommended!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Niffer

    This book starts with a weird little story arc that the news archives are being redone, so the cats take a break to watch their favorite soap opera. Okay, the "break" and the redoing of the archives is a cute idea, but honestly my least favorite part of BCN is the soap opera interludes. If you like them, maybe the intro worked for you. I just found it a bit irritating. Then the first few "redigitized" archives kind of bounced from storyline to storyline. We got a couple of strips about the Woman' This book starts with a weird little story arc that the news archives are being redone, so the cats take a break to watch their favorite soap opera. Okay, the "break" and the redoing of the archives is a cute idea, but honestly my least favorite part of BCN is the soap opera interludes. If you like them, maybe the intro worked for you. I just found it a bit irritating. Then the first few "redigitized" archives kind of bounced from storyline to storyline. We got a couple of strips about the Woman's pregnancy, but the meat of the arc was cut, and then a couple of other random bits about things like the mailman myth, etc. It just felt very scattered. The book finally settled down into its standard story arcs and felt a lot more like the BCN that I love. But the beginning was kind of rough.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    I have adored this series since I discovered it as a comic strip online. This book contains a new episode of "Our IX Lives" and more puppets for those who want to have their own adventures with the cast of that drama. It also has new and remastered material about the feline news crew. The only thing I wish had been included was a few more strips about Burt and his work behind the scenes to bring the book full circle back to the beginning. I am so very glad I found this comic at www.gocomics.com an I have adored this series since I discovered it as a comic strip online. This book contains a new episode of "Our IX Lives" and more puppets for those who want to have their own adventures with the cast of that drama. It also has new and remastered material about the feline news crew. The only thing I wish had been included was a few more strips about Burt and his work behind the scenes to bring the book full circle back to the beginning. I am so very glad I found this comic at www.gocomics.com and that Georgia Dunn has published books of these cats adventures along with making some merchandise available through the sites of www.zazzle.com , http://store.gocomics.com , and Society6.com/breakingcatnews.

  17. 5 out of 5

    sinag

    4/5 stars! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Just like the first one in this series that I have read, this is so good! The cats are so cute and goofy, and just purely adorable. I loved them acting as if they are broadcasters. The first part with the IX Lives is kinda boring and uninteresting, though. I wished this was a full-on broadcasting thing of the cats. Also, Burt was in the title, and yet he h 4/5 stars! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Just like the first one in this series that I have read, this is so good! The cats are so cute and goofy, and just purely adorable. I loved them acting as if they are broadcasters. The first part with the IX Lives is kinda boring and uninteresting, though. I wished this was a full-on broadcasting thing of the cats. Also, Burt was in the title, and yet he has very little appearance throughout the entire book. Nonetheless, this was another great book in the series and one I would recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    When I look at this cover I thought it was going to be a kids or a middle grade graphic novel. But within the pages it seems more of an adult novel with adult scenarios played out by a cat. There’s nothing that really makes it adult compared to middle grade except it’s a type of comedy I don’t think kids will get. It very much reminds me of the Office. There’s even a part where the cats are paying attention to a TV show called the Days of Our Nine Lives. This book was not for me I DNF it halfway When I look at this cover I thought it was going to be a kids or a middle grade graphic novel. But within the pages it seems more of an adult novel with adult scenarios played out by a cat. There’s nothing that really makes it adult compared to middle grade except it’s a type of comedy I don’t think kids will get. It very much reminds me of the Office. There’s even a part where the cats are paying attention to a TV show called the Days of Our Nine Lives. This book was not for me I DNF it halfway through and I’m not sure I’d add it to my library either I just don’t get it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deb Montague

    Because I've followed this comic since it debuted, reading this was like embracing old friends. The best part, absolute best part, was "Our IX Lives." Oh my cat. Georgia Dunn is so very, very clever. If you aren't familiar with this comic, this is a wonderful book to pick up. There's a brief history of how the author got to where she is now and many, many strips which illustrate how the tales (tails?) of the cats grew. Go get it. Read it with kids or do as I did, read it to your cats. Mine weren Because I've followed this comic since it debuted, reading this was like embracing old friends. The best part, absolute best part, was "Our IX Lives." Oh my cat. Georgia Dunn is so very, very clever. If you aren't familiar with this comic, this is a wonderful book to pick up. There's a brief history of how the author got to where she is now and many, many strips which illustrate how the tales (tails?) of the cats grew. Go get it. Read it with kids or do as I did, read it to your cats. Mine weren't all that amused other than I was curled up with them, and that's what counts.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Definitely for older middle graders [who will totally get this kind of humor], I had a difficult time staying engaged with this and to be honest, found the illustrations a bit on the creepy side and the story-line...odd. I am sure kids will love this, but alas, it just wasn't for me. Thank you to NetGalley, Georgia Dunn and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Definitely for older middle graders [who will totally get this kind of humor], I had a difficult time staying engaged with this and to be honest, found the illustrations a bit on the creepy side and the story-line...odd. I am sure kids will love this, but alas, it just wasn't for me. Thank you to NetGalley, Georgia Dunn and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    You know, these are marked for kids but I’m really enjoying them as an adult. I think any cat lover would get a chuckle out of them. I’ve seen a couple of the individual strips in the paper and I got to read this book and the previous one as ARC but I need to go back and read the first ones! No real need to read these in any order I think. Just roll with it being cute cats that talk!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I love this series. I think, like other cat lovers who obsess over these cartoons, the first part felt too heavy on the soap opera. I think the daily lives of the cats and humans is more delightful. It was also a little weird to start with the soap opera. I think a person new to BCN would not really get it. That said, I kept showing my husband my favorite bits while reading it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Five stars aren't nearly enough to express how much I love the Breaking Cat News cartoon strips. This latest book in the series is a great addition to the archive. It includes the long lost "Our IX Lives" Christmas Special that will never be translated into newspaper format. There are also paper doll cutouts for the major characters of "Our IX Lives." Five stars aren't nearly enough to express how much I love the Breaking Cat News cartoon strips. This latest book in the series is a great addition to the archive. It includes the long lost "Our IX Lives" Christmas Special that will never be translated into newspaper format. There are also paper doll cutouts for the major characters of "Our IX Lives."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    ARC Copy...I had trouble bonding with the art style. Although cute, I expected the colouring job to be more "solid" digital ink but still a cute premise of cats with their own news program. ARC Copy...I had trouble bonding with the art style. Although cute, I expected the colouring job to be more "solid" digital ink but still a cute premise of cats with their own news program.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Another delightful edition of Breaking Cat News. Always a bright spot in my daily comics page, and in these books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Another superb collection from the hilarious mind of Georgia Dunn!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Campbell

    The BCN crew were adorable as always. More Burt is always good! And!!! Our Nine Lives! The storyline was hysterical!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly M. Johnson

    Very funny I like it for so my fellow cat lovers. Puck is my favorite! He looks exactly like my 2 cats, Addie and Gradie!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reading with Cats

    4.5 stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Lewis

    I still enjoy Breaking Cat News but it was kind of a let-down that this was mostly just reprints of the older strips under the guise of the team getting new equipment to revamp the broadcast as they move to newsprint. Note: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other fashion for the review and the opinions reflected below are entirely my own. Special thanks to the publisher and author for providing the copy.

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