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Grade 2–4—Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy are back. This time they are featured in a funny, heavily illustrated "how-to" chapter book that is reminiscent of Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise's "Regarding the…" titles (Harcourt). The instructions for getting the feline into the water include begging, cajoling, and reverse psychology. The text includes clippings from the Daily Nooz, "Uncle Murray's Fun Facts," a "Quick Quiz," a glossary of cat sounds ("fft!"), and two notes from the editor to the author about what is "unprintable." The resistant cat makes a valiant effort to avoid the procedure but finally—"YEOWR!," "HISSS!"—she is bathed. The pup gets his turn in an epilogue, but without any drama. Bruel's zany illustrations incorporate numerous perspectives that heighten the humor.—Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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This follow-up to Bad Kitty (2005) pairs Bruel’s witty asides and spastic, tongue-in-cheek commentaries with more high-energy cartoon illustrations. With hyperbolic humor, Bruel describes the dangerous process of cat bathing, from collecting the necessary tools (including cat shampoo and a “suit of armor” for humans), to finding and coaxing Kitty into the water, to dealing with your now-clean-though-very-unhappy animal. (One illustration suggests checking your sneakers for “something awful inside.”) Following all of the scratching and hissing and spitting, a brief epilogue depicts bathing Puppy, a ridiculously simple process that cleverly highlights the elaborateness of Kitty’s ritual. Packed into the chaos are fun facts, such as explanations for why cats hate water and the hows and whys of hairballs; a “glossary of common cat sounds”; a few strategically placed editor’s notes; and a not-so-serious glossary. Whether they prefer cats or dogs, young and reluctant readers will get plenty of laughs from this comic and informative chapter book. Grades 3-5. --Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I think I like this best of the Bad Kitty series (4th one we read). My granddaughter LOVES it (6 yo) and laughs and laughs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Avramis
My kids and I love this book it's so funny I definitely recommend itPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
These books are awesome for emerging readers. What a great combination of picture book and chapter book. The antics of this Bad Kitty are also very engaging to young readers.Published 4 months ago by S.H.D.
I am 9 years old and this book was about a cat who hates baths but needs to take one. I think this book is so very funny. Read morePublished 4 months ago by shorty'smama
Love this book - read it to our 6 & 8 year olds and we all laughed heartily throughout the book. Anyone who's ever tried to bath a cat will relate to every pagePublished 4 months ago by Paul W
Cute book. Good read. I bought several and have read with my son and added to my class library. I have found these to be high interest and good for struggling readers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Prometheus