REVIEW: Everything’s Coming Up Beatrix!: A Breaking Cat News Adventure by Georgia Dunn
Stop the presses: The news crew at BCN is back for more adventures and laughs!
Join Elvis, Puck, Lupin, Tommy, Beatrix, and the whole team for spooky tales around the space heater, daring hairstyles, not-so-hilarious sweaters, an Easter egg hunt disaster, new cat foods, “Heck on the Deck!”, something called a papasan, and the first ever celebration of St. Catty’s Day! Tune into a ghostly broadcast when Puck makes a harrowing journey to the attic and gets in over his head. . . . Can Elvis and Tabitha work together to save him?
Learn how to make your own bookmark, your own little book, and a reading fort!
I fell in love with the news crew of Breaking Cat News years ago, read it everyday online, and eagerly await my pre-ordered paperback copies of the books. Georgia Dunn perfectly captures so much of the behavior that cat servants know – both what we love and what we don’t (hairballs, anyone?). One of the delightful newer characters added over the years is young cub reporter Beatrix. With her polydactyl paws, she easily manages the station’s social media accounts while her outgoing, yet also thoughtful, personality charms all.
But as with all the books in the series (this is the seventh), the daily and longer Sunday comics don’t just focus on one character. This book starts off with a strip during which the main cats – Lupin, Elvis, and Puck extoll their love of libraries! “Lupin, libraries are tiny magical castles filled with books!” Gotta love cats who enjoy reading as much as we do. The insightful and also hard-hitting news reports CN provides sometimes come with charts, graphs, pictures and Puck with a pointer. I guess giving him a laser pointer would have all the cats chasing the red dot.
From the history of Fuzzy Blanket Season, to Puck’s attempts to capture photographic proof that his elusive hero – the mailman – exists, to Pucky’s Purrfect Christmas Tips (he ought to remind the Woman that her Christmas Village always gets transformed into “interactive theater”), to a reminder that if it’s New Year’s Eve that means everything is wrapped in bacon, to Puck giving Beatrix sandwich hunting lessons, to BCW (Best Cat Wrestling – complete with costumes) – the book is filled with favorite strips. And be sure to look out for AV genius Burt’s short – but often pointed – chyrons that accompany newscasts and note that on March 17th, the crew celebrates St. Catty’s Day. By the end, Beatrix has become the new bookstore correspondent and gives lessons in making bookmarks and tiny books! A