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Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble Hardcover – January 7, 2014

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Gr 2–4—In this seventh installment in the series, readers are introduced to the process of writing and illustrating a book in a fun and humorous way. Bruel employs his signature style of addressing readers directly; he begins the book with a step-by-step demonstration of how to draw Bad Kitty and moves on to describe the necessary ingredients of a successful story. Through the process of describing story elements such as protagonist, antagonist, and conflict, the author creates some scenarios that Kitty finds objectionable (most notably, an all-turnip diet), but eventually she convinces him to rewrite the story in her favor. Many of the usual secondary characters (Uncle Murray, Puppy, Strange Kitty, etc.) make an appearance in this volume, and there are some unexpected additions, including a zombie, a giant octopus, and a talking turnip named Terry. Bruel makes no attempt to hide the fact that the intent of this book is to teach readers how to write stories, but his informal writing style and hilarious illustrations make the lesson seem like a fun opportunity rather than a chore. Fans of the naughty feline will not be disappointed by this new volume, and when they finish reading it, they will have the tools, along with the encouragement of Bruel himself, to create their own Bad Kitty-inspired adventures.—Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY

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Bad Kitty makes her tenth appearance in this humorous (and partly nonfiction!) introduction to writing stories. Bruel teaches readers how to draw Bad Kitty and write stories of their own by introducing key story components (plot, conflict, character, etc.) and demonstrating them with good old Bad Kitty, who proves an unwilling model. Beginning with the simple scenario of putting Bad Kitty on a diet, things quickly become outrageous as new concepts are introduced. Fun Facts and a glossary are included to help readers grasp the fundamentals of composition. Bruel’s sky’s-the-limit attitude will encourage boys and girls to use their imaginations and get writing. Grades 2-4. --Julia Smith
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436718
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randi Morse VINE VOICE on December 31, 2013
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The Bad Kitty books are always hilarious, but this book is different than the others. In this book, Nick Bruel, author and illustrator, teaches children how to write a good book - with the help of Kitty herself, of course. My daughter and I had a blast reading it, and she is now doing her best to draw Kitty herself and is talking about the type of stories she can create with Kitty. I feel like this would be a fantastic book for schools to utilize, but it's great for home too!
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Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble was such a cute book! It's a cute and unique take on introducing 7-9 year old children to writing and illustrating their own stories. From the get-go, this short book breaks down the fourth wall and talks directly to the reader. The entire first chapter is Nick Bruel introducing himself and Kitty, with a step-by-step guide on how to draw her.

The book continues on introducing the reader to character development, conflict, plot, and theme, showcasing these new words with definitions and examples in a fun way! After I finished it (in approximately 10 minutes), I handed it over to my 8 year old daughter who devoured the first 40 some pages with giggles before we had to take a break for supper. And, even then, she kept telling me ideas for a story that she had.

The book itself is relatively short. Most pages don't have more than a paragraph or two on them, each with nearly full page illustrations to make the most of showing the young reader precisely what he's teaching them about.

This is a great book for kids to get their imaginations working in high gear on their own stories! Even I can't wait to see my daughter comes up with after learning from Bruel and Kitty!
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Bad Kitty is back! But, this time, she’s not alone! Her creator, Nick Bruel, is right in the plot! With the (unwilling) help of Kitty, Mr. Bruel tells us readers how to write a good story . The reader learns about protagonists, setting, plot, conflict, foreshadowing and much more in a fun-filled way. The is that Kitty needs to go on a diet of turnips, because she’s gained a LOT of weight recently (thanks to Mr. Bruel and his trusty paint brush). But, the thing is, Kitty doesn’t even LIKE turnips. And, Puppy is eating all of her food. Plus, the giant octopuses outside the house (generously provided by Mr. Bruel) keep Kitty from running away.

This is a hilarious addition to the Bad Kitty series. In fact, I think this is my new favorite (sorry Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray) because of all the information it gives about writing a book. Mr. Bruel’s humor is awesome. I love that the antagonist in the story is a turnip. :) Mr. Bruel wrote a great book that teaches kids all about writing and made it a totally enjoyable story. The idea of the author/illustrator and character interacting is very cool (even though Bad Kitty is NOT impressed by it). I like how Mr. Bruel adds comments from his editor, “Neal”, on little sticky notes “stuck” to the pages reminding him of things he shouldn’t be doing in the story. There is also a handy glossary in the back of the book with the definitions of the parts of the story Mr. Bruel goes over (and a recipe for roasted turnips hee hee :lol: ). I think kids of all ages will enjoy this book for the hilarious story and learn something along the way!
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My son started reading Bad Kitty books at the beginning of this year. He loved this book just as much as the rest. In this book you get to learn how to draw Bad Kitty which he loved. The author has done an amazing job of writing this series and keeping kids hooked. All of them have inspired a love of reading in a little boy who hates school. I can't say enough great things about the entire series. It's a must read for any kids from 1st to 3rd grade.

I love that the book is easy enough for my 7yr old (1st Grader) to read on his own and only has to ask about a few words. This way he's not frustrated with stopping and starting the book so many times for me to help him and yet it challenges him to learn some new words as well.

Keep them coming!
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I saw this on the shelf at the store and thought it looked cute, so I borrowed it from the library to check it out. Well, we ended up loving it so much that I had to buy a copy. My 8 year old son laughed so hard he cried - to his great surprise and confusion. He didn't know that was possible, as he'd never experienced it before! This is the first chapter book he ever read on his own, and he has since read it over and over, as well as every other Nick Bruel title we've been able to get our hands on.
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Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel is a light-hearted writing guide for young people. It teaches the basics of story writing, amidst hilarious plot twists. Just as importantly, it reveals juicy tidbits about author Nick Bruel and stars the infamous Bad Kitty.

How does one write a story? First, you need a protagonist or the most important character in the story. Such as Bad Kitty. :-)

Second, you need a setting or the place where your story takes place. Bruel considers telling this particular story of Bad Kitty in the middle of the ocean, but Bad Kitty does not take lightly to getting wet. Bruel switches the setting to an exotic jungle tale, forcing Bad Kitty to face the dangerous beast of prey—a lion. Bruel also suggests the frozen North and a spooky graveyard. Neither option appeals to Bad Kitty. So Bruel sticks with Bad Kitty’s home. If you were to write a fan fiction story about Bad Kitty, what setting would you use?

Third, you need to have conflict or a problem that the main character will face. To determine the conflict, you might ask questions like: What does your character like? What does your character NOT like? What makes your character happy? What makes your character angry? Bad Kitty is known to like food. In Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble, the obstacle is Bad Kitty needs to eat less food. In other words, she needs to diet. If you were to write a fan fiction story about Bad Kitty, what conflict would you use?

Fourth, you need an antagonist or the character who acts as the obstacle between the protagonist and her goal. Bruel considers introducing a friendly talking turnip named Terry. Bad Kitty does not have a nice response to this character. And so Bruel rethinks the idea. Instead he uses a character familiar to fans: Puppy!
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