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Bad Kitty Hardcover – September 15, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–This four-part alphabet book will appeal to youngsters who like their stories more naughty than nice. The tale opens with Kitty learning that her owners have run out of cat food and that her only options are healthy and nutritious edibles that run the gamut from Asparagus to Zucchini. She reacts by doing an A-to-Z list of mischievous things, like claw[ing] the curtains and hurl[ing] hair balls at our heads. When her owners return with food that ranges from An Assortment of Anchovies to Baked Zebra Ziti, Kitty realizes she must atone for her bad behavior with a final list of alphabetical deeds such as cleaning the cat box and washing the car. Some actions and items are a bit of a stretch, in particular sQuashes for Q and rhUbarb for U. While the story is packed with colorful cartoon illustrations that introduce each object, it is Kitty who steals the show with her slyly drawn feline expressions. Intended for slightly older alphabet-book fans, this offering will attract readers with a taste for the ridiculous.–Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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K-Gr. 2. Ostensibly about a cat that turns bad when her family runs out of her favorite food, this is really a clever alphabet book for kids old enough to appreciate the way words work. When a calm kitty overhears her owner say that healthy food is now on the menu, the high-energy artwork shows the cat in paroxysms of horror set against a series of blocks containing pictures of vegetables, alphabetically arranged from asparagus to zucchini. That's when Kitty decides to become Bad Kitty: she "ate my homework . . . hurled hair balls at our heads." Kitty changes again after her owner returns with an A-Z assortment of good, if peculiar, treats, some of which may give readers pause (a donkey named Dave). But Kitty is happy with them all, and to show her pleasure, she undoes all her bad actions--in alphabetical order. The cat, with seemingly dozens of expressions, is the star, but other aspects of the amusingly silly illustrations have equal weight. There's so much going on here that kids will find lots to laugh about. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596430699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596430693
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of, among other books, Bad Kitty, Poor Puppy, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty, and Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray. A former bookseller, Nick used his quirky sense of humor and cartooning skills to get out from behind the bookstore counter and onto the shelves. But Nick was a born writer. When he was in first grade, he loved nothing more than to write stories and make drawings to go along with them, which he still does to this day. Nick lives with his wife Carina, daughter Isabel, and cat Esmerelda in Tarrytown, New York. During his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Primadogga on April 14, 2006
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I found this at the library the other day and took it out for my kids - when we finally got around to reading it we had to keep it longer - the boys wanted to read it every night, take it to church, take it to school...

Basically this is a quadruple alphabet book - it goes through alphabetical lists of the foods Kitty doesn't like, the myriad of ways in which she was bad, the foods her owner bought to placate her, and the many reparations Kitty then made for her badness.

The illustrations are charming (I especially like the little fang kitty develops when she becomes bad), and the need to use the whole alphabet results in a broader vocabulary than is found in most children's books. It is wonderful for reading aloud (especially when the boys provide Kitty's sounds effects, e.g. "hack, hack!"), and the opportunities to point out someone else's outrageously bad behavior are very welcome to my pair of naughty small fry.

I think this book could be enjoyed by kids of almost any age, as with "The Stinky Cheese Man," which I started to read to my eldest at age 2; kids can enjoy quite sophisticated humor given a little background information, and they really like being "in" on jokes and sharing knowing smiles. My 6-year-old is a beginning reader and can use it to sharpen his decoding skills while laughing out loud.

The only reservation I have is that it does present as "yucky" several of the foods I try to feed my family...

Still, I am adding it to my shopping cart today; as noted by other readers, it is a charming gift, and I really should pass one on to my brothers (for their kids, yeah, that's the ticket)...
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Kari on September 29, 2005
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Omigosh do we love Bad Kitty in our house! I have Bruel's other book, "Boing!", which was age-perfect for my son at the time (great book for the 2-3 yr old set). Now Bad Kitty is out and my son is now 4 1/2 and he had made us read it to him 3 times a night for the past 5 nights. So far, still fresh - even to the adults!

I seriously can't believe I'm the first one to review this book - so I get to tell you to GO GET IT NOW, it's hilarious and sweet, it reinforces the alphabet ("Hey! That's a T, Mommy!") without being painfully 'educational' (read: boring), it's very inventive, but most of all: The illustrations are just wonderful.

We love our Bad Kitty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Schapiro on October 10, 2008
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This is one of the books you know that your child will cherish for a long time. I bought our copy on a whim through a school program for my three year old. When first glancing at it I thought, wow, this might be too involved for him. I decided to give it a try, thinking if he didn't like it now, maybe he will in a year or two.

It goes through every letter of the alphabet a few times and with each cycle there is a new and very silly sentence and picture for every letter. My three year old enjoyed this so much, that even now approaching four it is still a nighttime favorite. It helped with memory, letter sounds and letter recognition. He loves showing off the book to family members and the fact that he can "read" it on his own.

Because of the joy this book gives us and it's very practical use, I treasure it. There is so much value in learning through laughter!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kendra Gehring on February 16, 2008
Size: 8 InchesPackage Type: Standard Packaging
My daughter absolutely loves the Bad Kitty book. I've checked it out from our local library several times over the past few months since we discovered it, and thankfully, she got the book for Christmas. My aunt, knowing how much my daughter loves Bad Kitty, saw the Bad Kitty doll at a teacher conference and bought it immediately. My daughter opened it up at Christmas and was thrilled to have her own Bad Kitty. Bad Kitty now sleeps with her and goes just about everywhere with her.

As I said in my the title, perfect for the Bad Kitty fan!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2005
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Do you want to laugh out loud? I can imagine sneaking in and reading this book to myself just to do so...except I would have to do it in an empty home or I would frighten people with my stomache aching laughter.

I love the character and the storyline - in addition the sophistication of the vocabulary is refreshing when considering other "learning your alphabet" books.

I totally recommend Nick Bruel for yourself and your children and friends. You will be equally amazed and pleased by the original artwork as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Campbell on April 25, 2010
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My five year old daughter is just starting to read and we read a lot of picture books in our house. We found Bad Kitty at just the right time. It was an instant favorite and soon after we brought it home she was reciting the book from memory, using the pictures and letters as cues. In 10 years we will probably look back at this book as the one that helped her learn to read more than any other.
The pictures are great, the comic timing is impeccable and the rhythm is lyrical. Adults even get a kick out of it - I've shown it to all our friends and family. We've read all the Bad Kitty books Bruel has put out so far and they are all good, but this one is one of the best picture books we've ever read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By roramom on December 25, 2010
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This is not a soft and cuddly stuffed animal and fairly small in size but it looks very much like the bad kitty in the books, a little awkward like in the books. If you are a fan of the books, you will enjoy the stuffed animal.
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