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Poor Puppy (Bad Kitty) Hardcover – July 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432703
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The scrawny, supercilious feline from Bad Kitty is back and—quel surprise!—has no interest in playing with guileless, gangly Puppy, who appeared at the end of that title and takes center stage here. Poor Puppy, Bruel writes. Poor, poor Puppy. Poor, poor, poor, poor, poor Puppy! The book then becomes a counting/alphabet book to demonstrate that Puppy isn't really poor—in fact he has many playthings at his disposal: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars and so on. But Puppy still wants to play with Kitty, and as he falls asleep, the book takes another trip through the alphabet—and through the world—as Puppy dreams of 26 fun activities and locales he'd like to share with his best friend Kitty: Apple Bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, etc. Unfortunately, Bruel's usually sharp sense of humor is not as evident in this sequel. The alphabet-driven catalogues of Bad Kitty were funny because they pushed the boundaries of probability when it came to Kitty's sociopathic tendencies, her favorite foods and her equally hyperbolic acts of redemption. But despite Bruel's colorful visual treatment of the physical activity here, the vignettes often feel inert. Even the wittiest moments—such as Puppy and Kitty playing Patty-cake in Peru—may generate fewer laughs than Kitty's previous comedic nefariousness. Bad Kitty fans will want to take note of a new cat-nipped edition of that title (with a pair of large bite marks, courtesy of Kitty), due out the same month. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)
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Bruel, who made a splash with Bad Kitty (2005), a funfest disguised as an alphabet book, follows a similar pattern in this story of Kitty's best friend, Puppy. Puppy longs to play, but Kitty's acting like, well, a cat. Poor, poor, poor, poor, POOR Puppy! What follows are pages of colorful boxes showing Puppy, left to his own devices, cavorting with 1 Airplane . . . 4 Dolls . . . 19 Soccer Balls . . . 22 Valentines . . . 26 Zoo Animals. Among the funniest pictures is one of Puppy dealing with eight Hula Hoops as Kitty runs in the other direction. If this hysterical crush of numbers and letters isn't enough, the action evolves into wordplay when Puppy, still lonely, dreams about playing with Kitty. They hunt eggs on Easter Island, jump rope in Japan, and yodel in Yemen. Each colorful picture is crammed full of delicious detail; adults using the book with children will be able to come up with plenty of visual games to play. One choice—find Kitty, often hidden, in the first grouping. Cooper, Ilene

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.

Customer Reviews

It is very colorful and the illustrations are exciting.
J. Parker
I love this book for the simple fact that my son will read it again and again and laughs out loud every time.
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It's an ABC and number book, but it is so much more fun to read than other ones out there.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eli257 on August 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Poor Puppy is simply the best numbers & alphabet book on the market. It's art, fun, creativity, humor, and education--all in one delightful bundle. The book starts with a puppy playing with toys: one airplane, two balls, three cars, up to 26 zoo animals. Every illustration is beautiful and full of surprises. Just as an example: Of the puppy's 14 nutcrackers, one is a pirate, one a British businessman with bowler hat, one a circus director . . . each one unique and excquisitly painted. All panels are extraordinarily rich, well composed, and invite one to investigate in depth.

When finished with the toys, the puppy dreams of playing games in different locations. Games and places are alphabetized and include apple bobbing in Antarctica, egg hunting on Easter Island, unicycling in Uganda, and--my personal favorite--yodeling in Yemen. Details like the elephant and donkey "wrestling in Washington D.C." are laugh-out-loud funny and make the book a delight not just for children. Poor Puppy is thoroughly enjoyable and deserving of an award. Nick Bruel has created a masterwork!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By INConvertiblewoman on September 21, 2012
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While I am not a cat lover I love Bad Kitty. The first book was all about the alphabet and food - this one adds numbers and geography as well.

Bad Kitty won't play with Puppy so he must find something to do. What does he do? Play with toys then he falls asleep and dreams about traveling.

I use these books with preschoolers and they love them. I think the pictures are great. And where else can they hear the alphabet, numbers, and geography with a funny story that includes a crazy cat and dog? We are planning to use the book for a week of fun events at the daycare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryoya Terao on August 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The imagination of the author easily succeeded my expectations. As I read the book, suddenly I was on an international adventure, which I believe will help children to be curious about the world. The paintings bring pleasure to our eyes.

This book is a true jewel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose on June 8, 2013
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We have loved the other Bad Kitty books, which are chapter books for young readers - generally suitable for a second grade reading level but still fun to re-read for slightly older kids. This is a completely different type of book. It's a picture book with a few words on each page (e.g. "Baseball in Brazil" or "21 Ukeleles"). Very much a beginner's book, suitable for a kindergartner or early first grader.

Yes, I would have known this if I'd used the "look inside" feature before buying but saw nothing in the blurb that suggested it was anything other than another book in the same series, at the same level. It's very nice for what it is, but totally different from the rest of the Bad Kitty series, and unsuitable for a child who can already read and loves the Bad Kitty chapter books.

I am adding this review so that others do not make the same mistake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Law on March 14, 2013
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The whole family has loved this series until now. This one just a step back in content. Way too expensive for a book that my 9 yr old finished in 15 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Parker on December 11, 2012
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This is an easy and funny book for beginner readers.
It is very colorful and the illustrations are exciting.
Though it is too easy for a 2nd grader, this book is meant to be read for fun.
I'd think this is perfect for the 1st grader. The words are simple and easy to understand.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChrisMoo on July 9, 2012
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This book is good for younger children (non-readers). Good pictures and graphics. No real story-line though, so not particularly interesting for school-age children, like the other books in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryse Huntter McClain on January 10, 2013
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Best book ever I loved it. The puppy is so funny and kitty is too. Puppy has a lot of toys.
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