- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
- Series: Bad Kitty
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596430699
- ISBN-13: 978-1596430693
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.7 x 285 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 250 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bad Kitty Hardcover – September 15, 2005
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–This four-part alphabet book will appeal to youngsters who like their stories more naughty than nice. The tale opens with Kitty learning that her owners have run out of cat food and that her only options are healthy and nutritious edibles that run the gamut from Asparagus to Zucchini. She reacts by doing an A-to-Z list of mischievous things, like claw[ing] the curtains and hurl[ing] hair balls at our heads. When her owners return with food that ranges from An Assortment of Anchovies to Baked Zebra Ziti, Kitty realizes she must atone for her bad behavior with a final list of alphabetical deeds such as cleaning the cat box and washing the car. Some actions and items are a bit of a stretch, in particular sQuashes for Q and rhUbarb for U. While the story is packed with colorful cartoon illustrations that introduce each object, it is Kitty who steals the show with her slyly drawn feline expressions. Intended for slightly older alphabet-book fans, this offering will attract readers with a taste for the ridiculous.–Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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K-Gr. 2. Ostensibly about a cat that turns bad when her family runs out of her favorite food, this is really a clever alphabet book for kids old enough to appreciate the way words work. When a calm kitty overhears her owner say that healthy food is now on the menu, the high-energy artwork shows the cat in paroxysms of horror set against a series of blocks containing pictures of vegetables, alphabetically arranged from asparagus to zucchini. That's when Kitty decides to become Bad Kitty: she "ate my homework . . . hurled hair balls at our heads." Kitty changes again after her owner returns with an A-Z assortment of good, if peculiar, treats, some of which may give readers pause (a donkey named Dave). But Kitty is happy with them all, and to show her pleasure, she undoes all her bad actions--in alphabetical order. The cat, with seemingly dozens of expressions, is the star, but other aspects of the amusingly silly illustrations have equal weight. There's so much going on here that kids will find lots to laugh about. Ilene Cooper
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Top customer reviews
Basically this is a quadruple alphabet book - it goes through alphabetical lists of the foods Kitty doesn't like, the myriad of ways in which she was bad, the foods her owner bought to placate her, and the many reparations Kitty then made for her badness.
The illustrations are charming (I especially like the little fang kitty develops when she becomes bad), and the need to use the whole alphabet results in a broader vocabulary than is found in most children's books. It is wonderful for reading aloud (especially when the boys provide Kitty's sounds effects, e.g. "hack, hack!"), and the opportunities to point out someone else's outrageously bad behavior are very welcome to my pair of naughty small fry.
I think this book could be enjoyed by kids of almost any age, as with "The Stinky Cheese Man," which I started to read to my eldest at age 2; kids can enjoy quite sophisticated humor given a little background information, and they really like being "in" on jokes and sharing knowing smiles. My 6-year-old is a beginning reader and can use it to sharpen his decoding skills while laughing out loud.
The only reservation I have is that it does present as "yucky" several of the foods I try to feed my family...
Still, I am adding it to my shopping cart today; as noted by other readers, it is a charming gift, and I really should pass one on to my brothers (for their kids, yeah, that's the ticket)...
Bad Kitty's owners run out of kitty food and only have veggies left for her to eat, which upsets her. She decides to be a bad kitty and reeks havoc in alphabetical order, such as "(d)amaging the dishes", "(e)ndangering the goldfish", and "(f)looding the bathroom". Then Kitty's owners return with an alphabetized list of food for her, such as "an (a)ssortment of anchovies", "(b)uffalo burritos", and "(c)hicken cheesecake". Overjoyed, Kitty decides to be a good kitty and performs such deeds as "(v)acuuming the floor", "(w)ashing the car" and "filing their ta(x)es". At the end, Kitty's owners want to reward her for being so good, so they get her a new friend to play with and to share her food with, a puppy. The last page of the book simply says, "Uh-oh...".
Parents may be a little bothered that veggies are frowned upon by Kitty and that she gets her favorite food to eat after destroying the house, although Kitty makes up for her bad behavior in the end. However, this is a great opportunity to talk to your child about proper ways to express dislike and also that good behavior brings reward. I will absolutely be purchasing Nick Bruel's follow up book, "Poor Puppy".