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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312629028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312629021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty just arrived this afternoon. Although it is a children's book, it is very funny for adults, too, and my husband and I read it over each others' shoulders after work and had a much needed laugh. Especially on page 140.

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!
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My 1st Grader purchased this book at the Book Fair and I really thought this was going to be a waste of time and money (the title and cover really didn't do it for me). But, my kid insisted that her teacher had it in their class library and that it would be a fun book. To my surprise, I really enjoyed reading this book with both of my kids (I also have a third grader). It is especially entertaining because we have a cat similar to Bad Kitty. The illustrations and layout, combine story, comic book, and interesting facts into one place, so there is even something for adults to learn. This is also one of the few books that does justice for both of my kids and they even read and laugh together with this one, and it doesn't even need stickers. If your family has a cat, kids will notice the similarities too, so I would really recommmend purchasing it. Plus, as an adult it is a little more enjoyable to follow.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
arrived in good shipping condition. i love bad kitty as do my preschool students, i thought this was more colorful, so disappointed about that, but love bad kitty, entertaining and appropriate and learning for children.
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Super fast seller. Granddaughter loves the Bad Kitty collection. She is 8 and in 3rd grade but has the reading skills of an 8th grader. I can thank books like these that hold her interest and make her love to read in between her many other activities. She lends them to her friends also and they always thank my daughter for getting their kids to read as well. Great job.
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My seven year old loves these books. They make a good transition from the Level number books to chapter books. They offer a few pictures to break up the text. Humorous and entertaining. Be warned though, if your child is on a third grade level or higher, they will consume this book in about an hour.
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I give this book 4 stars because my daughter adores it, but this is not the best of the books in the Bad Kitty series. Nevertheless, it follows the precedent set by the other books and is a fun, charming, and informative read.

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!
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My 8 year old started reading the Bad Kitty books right before he turned 6. He has read each book numerous times and they still make him laugh! These books are mildly written in a comic book style and are very amusing! Also, a little FYI- Amazon's pricing beats the school Book Fair every time. Enjoy!
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My 9 year old fights reading. She just doesn't want to--except for this book. She loves all the Bad Kitty books. It's hard to find books with the right level of words, entertainment and illustrations, and this achieves it for her!
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