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A Bad Kitty Christmas Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
By the way, if MY son came home from school with an AUTHENTIC autographed book from Nick Bruel, I would be REALLY EXCITED and bouncing off with walls with what would have been a most THRILLING experience for my son!!! His Bad Kitty books bring joy and happiness to my son, ALL of the books, including this one. PS If you don't want your autographed copy, we will GLADLY take it, I'll even pay shipping.
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...theyre so grateful when kitty comes home & after kitty directs them to the old lady, they invite her to spend xmas w/them & their pets, so she no longer spends it all alone.
I expected this book to strictly be about a kitty making a mess, some humor, the end...but it took a turn i certainly wasnt expecting and somehow mixed humor with a strong message of compassion & forgiveness all while teaching abc's in the process!!
Im so blown away by this book that im about to look up some other books by this author as soon as i submit this review.
I highly recommend this book!! It teaches acceptance on so many levels, even a homosexual reference that is so brief, some might not even notice it's there...it'll be hard for me to find another book as great as this one...
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.