Mr. Muckleberg was a mean old man.
He had a mean dog named Attila.
He had a mean cat named Screamer.
And he lived in a mean looking house with a
mean looking wall all around it.
Bertie lived next door.
"Written with a lighthearted touch, the text describes Bertie's determination and good nature. The short sentences in large-print text are set against plenty of white space, a format inviting to beginning chapter-book readers. Exaggerated pencil sketches that add humor and heighten interest appear on every two-page spread." - School Library Journal
"This easy chapter book is excellent for beginning readers because the text is broken up into three related short stories. ... Generously illustrated with attractive black-and-white and gray-toned drawings, this trio of clever tales is versatile enough to be used with middle-grade reluctant readers, as a read-aloud for younger children, or as an alternative reading selection for inclusion youngsters." - Booklist
Scholastic - 0-590-03094-9