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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312629028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312629021
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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The frenetic black-and-white illustrations are just plain hysterical. . . . Fun for all, especially fans. (Kirkus Reviews)

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, and the interplay of the text with the comic black-and-white illustrations ratchets up the zaniness level. . . . A frenzied fusion of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of appeal for young readers. (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing! and the Bad Kitty books, among others. He is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.

Customer Reviews

My granddaughter loves Bad Kitty books!
LE Rutz
She loves reading this book and is planning on getting more as soon as she is finished the last couple chapters of this book.
SMD
Funny books that are a great read for elementary kids!
Darby Ward

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ellsworth on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty just arrived this afternoon. Although it is a children's book, it is very funny for adults, too, and my husband and I read it over each others' shoulders after work and had a much needed laugh. Especially on page 140.

Yes, it has over 140 pages, but they are short, and it took us only about 10 minutes to read silently. We haven't finished reading it to our daughter yet, but I am guessing it would take about 45 minutes to read aloud, or maybe longer if you can't stop laughing.

There are informative facts about cats in the book, such as their crepuscular nature (not many kids' books use that word), how cat's claws grow, and why they shouldn't eat chocolate.

The book is long enough, and the vocabulary complex enough, that one might wonder if kids would like it. The answer is yes. Our 5-year-old daughter loves all four Bad Kitty books, both the long and the short ones, and finds them hilarious. I asked her why, and she said it was the biting and destruction. She also likes the illustrations and the stories.

For those who read the previous Bad Kitty books, it didn't seem as wordy as Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. Also, although the alphabet makes a triumphant return in the early pages, it is mostly a story, not an alphabet book. For those who haven't read the previous books, give them a try!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 1st Grader purchased this book at the Book Fair and I really thought this was going to be a waste of time and money (the title and cover really didn't do it for me). But, my kid insisted that her teacher had it in their class library and that it would be a fun book. To my surprise, I really enjoyed reading this book with both of my kids (I also have a third grader). It is especially entertaining because we have a cat similar to Bad Kitty. The illustrations and layout, combine story, comic book, and interesting facts into one place, so there is even something for adults to learn. This is also one of the few books that does justice for both of my kids and they even read and laugh together with this one, and it doesn't even need stickers. If your family has a cat, kids will notice the similarities too, so I would really recommmend purchasing it. Plus, as an adult it is a little more enjoyable to follow.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Wheeler on September 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Happiness is finding a book you know your child will love. And there is nothing like the perverse joy of having your child sneak off to read instead of doing what you `want' them to do. Thankfully, many of the great books my kids have relished such as
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1), Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) (Bk. 1) come with sequels that satisfy as much as the first one does. This was never truer than with Nick Bruel's latest Bad Kitty book, Happy Birthday Bad Kitty.

Oooh, it is so good. My kids understandably fought over it when it first came. However, it is so delightfully funny that neither one of them has grown even slightly tired of it. Neither have I. Mr. Bruel has managed the seemingly impossible balance of simple sentences and repetition that early readers need with an entertaining and fast paced story that appeals to all ages. Plus, he teaches all of us some interesting things about cats in the process. This is particularly good for my younger daughter who is bored with the books at her level, but not quite able to read the books that really interest her - i.e. the books her older sister is reading. I highly recommend this book for your next birthday party gift for anyone from Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Now all we have to do is wait for the soon to be released Ivy & Bean Doomed to Dance (October 14th) and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma(October 9th).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kelfuller77 VINE VOICE on December 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My seven year old got this book through a school book order today and she literally ran into the house to read it! She sat and giggled and kept running up to show me the illustrations! Within a few minutes, I was laughing right along with her! This book is hilarious!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ShawnaLanne on October 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. My son (5) loves the humor and the artwork and I like the humor and artwork. It's something I can enjoy reading to him over and over and over again. Which is good because I'm trying to help him learn how to read in conjuction with him being in Kindergarten and this helps keep us on track.

Okay - I see it's a 9-12 age group. Personally I think younger readers could easily read it themselves and enjoy it - and that it's good to read to your kid from 5 up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andre h on November 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
At my daughters' 7th birthday someone gave her a bad kitty book. Now we have the whole series.
Nick Bruel is a comic / kid genius and I think we are going to see a lot more of him & the bad kitty series. Its really sensational.

As for the book, its a great read. I read to my daughter every night and we often trade off pages. There are dense sections of text where "uncle murray" explains why cats do this or that, but generally its a very light read with a few sentences per page and hysterical illustrations.

The story is a funny one and a bit touching. It was the first book which my daughter and I were absolutely belly-laughing while reading it!

get it! ps. I think its more girl-oriented than boy oriented. My little girl loves animals, my younger boy, spider-man etc. That was certainly part of the appeal.
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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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