Monday, May 7, 2007

Berkeley Breathed on Children's Books

Berkeley Breathed, creator of "Bloom County," "Outland" and now the Sunday-only "Opus," is out promoting his seventh children's book, "Mars Needs Moms!"

He was in Cincinnati over the weekend doing a booksigning and did this interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer.

An excerpt:

Q: How many words are in Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat?"

A: "To tell you the truth, we don't own any Dr. Seuss. I had them all when I was five. But I challenge today's parents to tell me their children love Dr. Seuss. I can't find any children who do."

Click here for the Cincinnati Enquirer interview.

Click here for a great radio interview with Berkeley Breathed by Alyce Faye Clease, wife of actor John Clease.

New! Click here for an interview with American University Radio's The Diane Rehm Show.


  1. I think Berke has lived in his own little world for quite a while. In his defense, however, I think the Machine is not putting out a good selection of Dr. Seuss. Our kids love "Too Many Daves," which you won't find on the book shelves:

    Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
    Had twenty-three sons, and she named them all Dave?


    And often she wishes that, when they were born,
    She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn...


    And one of them Oliver Boliver Butt...

    I challenge Berke to find a kid who doesn't like this story.

  2. "Too Many Daves" can be found in the book, "The Sneetches And Other Stories."

  3. Have you read "Mars Needs Moms"?
    Not bad, and the illustrations are fun, but it has plot problems. The boy in the book chases down the ship, hangs on, climbs in... then Breathed has him curl up and go to sleep! He is concerned for his mom's well-being, he's in a truly alien place... so he finds a spot on the floor and snoozes!?
    He could have wandered the ship looking for Mom, seeing all manner of fun weirdness... but NO, he sleeps.

    My 2-year old likes the old Dr., by the way.


  4. My daughter loves the cat in the hat book. She even drew her own little cat in the hat book.