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A Bad Kitty Christmas Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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’Twas the night before Christmas and Bad Kitty has already opened all the presents: “Though there were presents and bundles and boxes galore, Kitty was angry. She wanted MORE.” Disgruntled Kitty runs away, and a kind elderly woman takes her in. She doesn’t have much, and soon Kitty comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Echoing the rhythm and rhyme scheme of “The Night Before Christmas,” the story includes three romps through the alphabet, as well as alternating first-person narratives and colorful comic-style illustrations. Humor and heart combine here in an entertaining holiday read that Bad Kitty fans will especially love. Grades K-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld


“It's a good story for teaching kids about the true meaning of the holiday.” ―Parents Magazine

“Bruel slyly adapts the familiar poetic structure; Kitty's over-the-top expressions make her bad behavior even funnier.” ―Horn Book Magazine

“Kitty's zany antics, three romps through the alphabet, and a warm reunion make this a gift indeed for Bad Kitty fans.” ―Publishers Weekly

“If madcap destruction and comic antics are dear to your Kitty fans, recommend this title.” ―School Library Journal

“A witty and original take on the old Christmas Eve chestnut, with a sweet twist to season the fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; Stated First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436688
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This hardcover book has just joined our Christmas collection! Every year since my son was born, 9 years now, I buy him Christmas books,1 or 2 books deemed worthy of our collection. They come out around Thanksgiving and get packed back up when the tree comes down. Our Christmas books are very special to us, and this book fits right in. My son read it within minutes of the box being open and he told me I couldn't read it until bedtime. As we're snuggled up in bed reading this, I was brought to tears, which is no easy task. My son said the first time he read it he cried, and that's why he was in the bathroom so long! This book is absolutely amazing! Colorful! Insightful! Funny in true Nick Bruel style, yet surprising emotionally heartwarming for the Holidays!

I cannot fathom that the (so far) two bad reviews are based on homophobia. My son is 9 and had read this book repeatedly and still has not picked up on the 'partner' reference. I gave my husband this book to read and he didn't pick up on it either. I had to point it out to him. As a Christian, I'd like to point out a verse if I may be so bold... Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment, Love they Lord your God, et al., and second,?, to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. We cannot pick and choose whom to love. Who is our neighbor?

If you are adamant about your children reading 'homosexual propaganda' than this book is most decidedly NOT for you. Let it be known up front there is a reference in this book to a woman, her offspring, and her PARTNER.

It is ALSO a beautifully illustrated story of a lonely old lady at Christmas.
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We've got all the Bad Kitty books (as well as Bruel's "Bob and Otto" and "Boing!"). My kids both grew up on Bad Kitty and I've loved them all, but this one is my favorite.

Why? Well, for one, the illustrations: Bad Kitty books are always wonderfully illustrated, but this book brings it up another notch. Even the black-and-white rendered family photos are expressive.

For another, it returns to the alphabet-learning format of the first book but adds more silliness (and sweetness) to the process. Even my 10-yr-old, who says he's waaay too old for a 'kiddie' book, loved the trips through the alphabet.

And of course, the most important reason I loved this book: The author's SECRET AGENDA: Family is important and we should try to be kind to each other, no matter what we celebrate.

And yes, by the way, I am aware that in the course of the book and among the 10+ pictures depicting one old lady's family there is one extremely short reference to "Nan" and her "partner Pam", it's hardly anything other than just that - a passing reference amid a large and lovely story about our favorite Bad Kitty finding out that family and friends are to be cherished.

I see that there are a few people out there who take offense to that one part of the book. I understand that everyone is entitled to their take on it, that's fine. If you are concerned about it then by all means, take a look at it in the library and make your decision as to what you think is right for your family.

My family thinks that this is a lovely, sweet, absolutely appropriate book for children of all ages.
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I got this book ((ebook, technically)) for free during a free trial of an app called "epic"....this book has so much going on, so many different aspects that make it so great & influenced me to actively came on here to leave this review...
Top 5 aspects that made me love it:
1: it's about a cat...i love kitties lol
2: it's funny, which makes it enjoyable for the parents as well as the kids.
3: the wording flows so nicely and has that rhyming aspect that dr seuss books have
4: im amazed at how the alphabet was incorporated into this book, not just once but twice!! From A-Z the author goes through the alphabet and manages to use wording for each letter that pair well together, fit in perfectly w/the story AND keeps up with the rhyming flow i enjoy.
Last and most importantly...
5: the story itself!!
It's about a kitty who acts like a typical kitty, they wreck stuff, it's what they do...any cat owner should know this comes with the territory and love their kitty unconditionally, but this kittys owners are disgusted w/his behavior and call him a disgrace...they dont appreciate their kitty so it runs away ((& so does their dog))...an old lonely lady finds kitty, takes him in and makes him welcome to the very few, yet very sentimental things she owns...kitty is almost confused that a human can be so warm and inviting...the old lady plans to find kittys owner but the dog shows up and escorts kitty home, leaving the old lady all alone again for xmas and sad to see her new kitty friend go.
While kittys gone, his owners are so upset, they realize how much they love kitty, messes and all...
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