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Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty Paperback – May 11, 2010
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“The frenetic black-and-white illustrations are just plain hysterical. . . . Fun for all, especially fans.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“It's Bad Kitty's unapologetic, curmudgeon nature that delivers the laugh-out-loud funny.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Bruel's fast-paced humor is just right for the beginning chapter book set, and the interplay of the text with the comic black-and-white illustrations ratchets up the zaniness level. . . . A frenzied fusion of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of appeal for young readers.” ―School Library Journal
About the Author
Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing! and the Bad Kitty books, among others. He is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, it has over 140 pages, but they are short, and it took us only about 10 minutes to read silently. We haven't finished reading it to our daughter yet, but I am guessing it would take about 45 minutes to read aloud, or maybe longer if you can't stop laughing.
There are informative facts about cats in the book, such as their crepuscular nature (not many kids' books use that word), how cat's claws grow, and why they shouldn't eat chocolate.
The book is long enough, and the vocabulary complex enough, that one might wonder if kids would like it. The answer is yes. Our 5-year-old daughter loves all four Bad Kitty books, both the long and the short ones, and finds them hilarious. I asked her why, and she said it was the biting and destruction. She also likes the illustrations and the stories.
For those who read the previous Bad Kitty books, it didn't seem as wordy as Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. Also, although the alphabet makes a triumphant return in the early pages, it is mostly a story, not an alphabet book. For those who haven't read the previous books, give them a try!
I told myself I would not buy graphic novels for my children as it would make it more difficult for them to read regular books. Then my daughter fell in love with this series. She is on the verge of crossing the line from early reader books like Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Henry and Mudge to chapter books like Magic Tree House and this is an excellent way to encourage her to read more and build her reading stamina while having fun.
On a side note, this books makes me very happy that Bad Kitty does not live with us!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Teachers beware...my students love these books, however the quality of how they are made is simply horrendous. Started falling apart within two weeks of use. Read morePublished 2 months ago by OliviaP
purchased for grandchild as part of the series...cute book for beginning/intermediate readersPublished 6 months ago by Phyllis
Our first of many Bad Kitty purchases. A great birthday gift for children 4 and up. It is very funny!Published 7 months ago by J. Bell
Was in great condition and got it quick. Thanks! My lil boy is happy with his book.Published 10 months ago by Debra Sloane