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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–The cantankerous cat is back, and her claws are out in this picture-laden chapter book. Uncle Murray, who has appeared in previous books to give his “Fun Facts” about cats, is here to “pet sit” Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy. The feline is not happy with this arrangement and gives Uncle Murray a horrible time, skittishly jumping out at him when he least expects it. When Murray pulls out the dreaded vacuum cleaner, Bad Kitty bolts out the door and into the street. By the end of the pet-sitting arrangement, a ragged, dirty, glazed Murray keeps repeating wistfully, “fish don't bite or scream or chase you around the house….” Different fonts and huge scrawling words appear throughout, and the black-and-white cartoons on every page often show Bad Kitty and Murray with exaggerated gestures. The style gives the book a fast pace and adds to the comedic atmosphere. However, it's Uncle Murray's good-natured bumbling against Bad Kitty's cranky craziness that will get the giggles going.Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
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“The style gives the book a fast pace and adds to the comedic atmosphere. However, it’s Uncle Murray’s good-natured bumbling against Bad Kitty’s cranky craziness that will get the giggles going.” --School Library Journal

Praise for Bad Kitty:

 “It’s Bad Kitty’s unapologetic, curmudgeon nature that delivers the laugh-out-loud funny.”—Publishers Weekly

“Bruel’s fast-paced humor is just right for the beginning chapter book set . . . A frenzied fusion of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of appeal for young readers.” —School Library Journal


More About the Author

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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We loved Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray.
J. Kettles
I'm so glad we found a book to encourage my son to read more on his own as well as with our family.
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Very funny and entertaining for the kids to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the Bad Kitty series and "Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray" is hysterical. I just got the book and I finished it already. I have even read it again! I think it might be my favorite Bad Kitty book so far. My parents want to read it too. My mom is a Bad Kitty fan like me. I love Nick Bruel's books and I can't wait for the next one!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lea Kelley on October 3, 2010
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I have purchased at least five copies of the original Bad Kitty picture book so far, as it is my go-to gift for the youngest readers I know, and it's a book that can hold up to multiple readings. The first two books, Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy, are traditional picture books that cover ABCs and counting. The three books that follow (Bad Kitty Gets A Bath; Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty; and Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray) are chapter books that still have many pictures, and are designed to bridge the gap between picture books and traditional chapter books.

The Bad Kitty books are hilarious, and Bad Kitty is a great character. In this book, the unseen human owners are going away, and Uncle Murray is left in charge of Kitty and Puppy. Those familiar with Kitty's personality know that this can't end well. Kitty's adventures with Uncle Murray are broken up by Uncle Murray's informational asides about why cats act like they do. Kitty and Uncle Murray do make peace in time for the owners return, and the owners have brought with them something that is sure to make young readers (and this adult reader) very excited for the next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JLO on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was purchased by my daughter on her own at the book fair- SHE LOVED IT and the Happy Birthday book as well. We are definitely hooked on Bad Kitty and all of the other author's books. We have been searching all around town trying to find his other releases. We are a fan for life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kettles on October 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We loved Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray. I never buy hardcover books for my kids, but after reading the first two lightning fast(she's a reluctant reader) I just had to keep her on the roll. We loved this one, it was the funniest of the three. Poor Uncle Murray! He gets the short end of the stick when he agrees to watch over Kitty and Puppy while their human family goes away.

And there's a great plot twist at the end!

Lots of great information about cats interspersed with humor and understanding.
We can't wait for the next Bad Kitty book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny Tweedie on December 28, 2012
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Good about stiking by your word....working together in the end. Also enjoyed Bad Kitty hidding in the pictures to trick Uncle Murry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Cameron on December 13, 2012
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My daughter just loves the Bad Kitty series and so do I! It is exciting and funny with great pictures to keep her interested. The author isn't afraid to use big words and there is a glossary in the back for definitions. Lots of fun for the beginner reader!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Lindquist on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Herne is nine now (wow, that was fast) and has moderate autism. He loves to read, but rarely does so with laughter and what most people would think was, "normal," (no such thing), reading behavior. There is little interaction on the outside with the funny parts, etc. Not with Bad Kitty!! He reads this book to his brother (also on the Autism Spectrum) and laughs and laughs. He reads his Bad Kitty books to me and anyone who will listen.

Bad Kitty is not always a perfect kitty and the book shows my son that everyone makes mistakes. He thinks it's just kids with Autism. Bad Kitty is who he is with temper and all, and that tells Herne he can be who he is and is perfect just as he is. Something we tell him, but we can't get eye contact. Bad kitty does get eye contact and now, so do our cats. He interacts with them, and feeds them on a schedule, with the help of these books. I am buying the Kindle available Bad Kitty books for him, along with a Kindle and know it is a purchase I will never regret.

Anything that is so charming, so full of reality and laughter is a win in our house. Bad Kitty is the best. We also watch, "Mean Kitty," on You Tube and he relates that cat's behavior with Bad Kitty. Bad happens, it does not mean you are bad.

We hope this series never ends and believe it would help other parents of children with Autism reach out and start a conversation. Herne is in the mid-range. He speaks, but does not always listen. Etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Bacon on September 20, 2012
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I must admit I only listened a little as my son read it, but he's really enjoyed it. We liked the funny messages and that it's encouraging him to read.
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