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Behind the Scenes with Burt

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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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As always, a wonderful addition to the series full of humor and foibles. We love recommending this series to kids, great addition to the collection.
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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.
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Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this arc.

After the delight of getting two “Breaking Cat News” books in 2020 (which helped make up for the otherwise suckiness of that year), fans of the comic strip that is now in news papers and can be read online at a few comic sites finally get the transition from Georgia’s old website to the new and improved version (Everything is remastered in high resolution 3200 feline-define! All due to AV cat Burt’s mad technical skills) wherein black cat Puck is now really black instead of gray plus (Oh My Cat!) the much awaited print version of the cat soap opera Christmas special from a few years ago – hint, don’t mess with the Taggart sisters, beware shifty cats with bad hairstyles, and wait for the dramatic ::organ crescendo music:: timely arrival of several characters. The vet visit is a hoot (just what does v-e-t really stand for?) and allows us to see Puck in his adorable underwear (Yes, of course the cats take off their clothes to be examined. Don’t you when you visit your doctor?). And don’t miss the Halloween special with Elvis in his taco outfit or Puck’s efforts to snag pictures of the elusive Mailman.

Fair warning to newcomers, it might be easier to follow the various cats and their purrsonalities if you have some exposure before starting this book. There are four previous books that include most of the strips from the very beginning of Breaking Cat News and / or they can be read from the start at various comic sites online. Fall in love with our news reporters as they tell us all about life as they see it from a cat’s point of view. A
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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.
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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.
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This was my first foray into the lives of Elvis, Burt, and the rest of the feline characters of Georgia Dunn - and it won't be my last!  As this is in the middle of a series, it took me a little while to catch up on what was happening, but did so with little difficulty.  The soap opera segments were one of my favourites!  Great for middle grade readers and (of course!) cat lovers of any age.
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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.
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The author has published a number of previous books with the same feline characters. The quality of illustrations is very good, similar to the author's other books. I really wanted to like this latest edition of the series, but the stories are not as good as the first book in the series, which is by far the best.
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These books are so funny. I especially love when the cats puff out. I think this series is a great addition to public library's youth graphic novel sections.
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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.
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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,
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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.
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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.
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I adore the Breaking Cat News series, and this was very fun. Because its premise is a bit meta, it was in some ways the weakest of the entries (particularly since some of the sections were reformatted versions of earlier webcomics), but it was still a great romp. I'll definitely be buying a copy, if only for the new material.
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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~
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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.
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I really adore these cats.  They are so funny and you can see your own cats’ antics from the cat’s perspective.  The vacuum stuff is great! I love the cat outside that freaks out the others.  The only thing I would change was the soap opera in the first half of the book.  It was boring and tedious.  If I hadn’t read the previous books, the soap opera at the beginning would have made me put this down and never pick up another.
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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.
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These books are simply the best fun. I highly recommend them for their humor and clever design. Perfect for upper elementary/middle grades readers and beyond.
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