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Poor Puppy (Bad Kitty) Hardcover – July 24, 2007

4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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The scrawny, supercilious feline from Bad Kitty is back and—quel surprise!—has no interest in playing with guileless, gangly Puppy, who appeared at the end of that title and takes center stage here. Poor Puppy, Bruel writes. Poor, poor Puppy. Poor, poor, poor, poor, poor Puppy! The book then becomes a counting/alphabet book to demonstrate that Puppy isn't really poor—in fact he has many playthings at his disposal: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars and so on. But Puppy still wants to play with Kitty, and as he falls asleep, the book takes another trip through the alphabet—and through the world—as Puppy dreams of 26 fun activities and locales he'd like to share with his best friend Kitty: Apple Bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, etc. Unfortunately, Bruel's usually sharp sense of humor is not as evident in this sequel. The alphabet-driven catalogues of Bad Kitty were funny because they pushed the boundaries of probability when it came to Kitty's sociopathic tendencies, her favorite foods and her equally hyperbolic acts of redemption. But despite Bruel's colorful visual treatment of the physical activity here, the vignettes often feel inert. Even the wittiest moments—such as Puppy and Kitty playing Patty-cake in Peru—may generate fewer laughs than Kitty's previous comedic nefariousness. Bad Kitty fans will want to take note of a new cat-nipped edition of that title (with a pair of large bite marks, courtesy of Kitty), due out the same month. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)
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Bruel, who made a splash with Bad Kitty (2005), a funfest disguised as an alphabet book, follows a similar pattern in this story of Kitty's best friend, Puppy. Puppy longs to play, but Kitty's acting like, well, a cat. Poor, poor, poor, poor, POOR Puppy! What follows are pages of colorful boxes showing Puppy, left to his own devices, cavorting with 1 Airplane . . . 4 Dolls . . . 19 Soccer Balls . . . 22 Valentines . . . 26 Zoo Animals. Among the funniest pictures is one of Puppy dealing with eight Hula Hoops as Kitty runs in the other direction. If this hysterical crush of numbers and letters isn't enough, the action evolves into wordplay when Puppy, still lonely, dreams about playing with Kitty. They hunt eggs on Easter Island, jump rope in Japan, and yodel in Yemen. Each colorful picture is crammed full of delicious detail; adults using the book with children will be able to come up with plenty of visual games to play. One choice—find Kitty, often hidden, in the first grouping. Cooper, Ilene
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Bad Kitty
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eli257 on August 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Poor Puppy is simply the best numbers & alphabet book on the market. It's art, fun, creativity, humor, and education--all in one delightful bundle. The book starts with a puppy playing with toys: one airplane, two balls, three cars, up to 26 zoo animals. Every illustration is beautiful and full of surprises. Just as an example: Of the puppy's 14 nutcrackers, one is a pirate, one a British businessman with bowler hat, one a circus director . . . each one unique and excquisitly painted. All panels are extraordinarily rich, well composed, and invite one to investigate in depth.

When finished with the toys, the puppy dreams of playing games in different locations. Games and places are alphabetized and include apple bobbing in Antarctica, egg hunting on Easter Island, unicycling in Uganda, and--my personal favorite--yodeling in Yemen. Details like the elephant and donkey "wrestling in Washington D.C." are laugh-out-loud funny and make the book a delight not just for children. Poor Puppy is thoroughly enjoyable and deserving of an award. Nick Bruel has created a masterwork!
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While I am not a cat lover I love Bad Kitty. The first book was all about the alphabet and food - this one adds numbers and geography as well.

Bad Kitty won't play with Puppy so he must find something to do. What does he do? Play with toys then he falls asleep and dreams about traveling.

I use these books with preschoolers and they love them. I think the pictures are great. And where else can they hear the alphabet, numbers, and geography with a funny story that includes a crazy cat and dog? We are planning to use the book for a week of fun events at the daycare.
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This is an easy and funny book for beginner readers.
It is very colorful and the illustrations are exciting.
Though it is too easy for a 2nd grader, this book is meant to be read for fun.
I'd think this is perfect for the 1st grader. The words are simple and easy to understand.
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The imagination of the author easily succeeded my expectations. As I read the book, suddenly I was on an international adventure, which I believe will help children to be curious about the world. The paintings bring pleasure to our eyes.

This book is a true jewel.
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My granddaughter loves all the Bad Kitty books of which she has several. She talks about Bad Kitty all the time and just got a Bad Kitty stuffed toy for Christmas which she loves. She adores this book so I'll be getting her more Bad Kitty books in the near future.
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This book is good for younger children (non-readers). Good pictures and graphics. No real story-line though, so not particularly interesting for school-age children, like the other books in this series.
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I started buying these books for my sons to read to them and now they are reading them all on their own and they love them. It is wonderful to listen to them read the books and laugh !! :) I would recommend these books to anyone with little ones. They will love them
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This series has a naughty kitty and a clueless puppy as main characters and appeals broadly to kids. It is in the comic book style that they love was well and that style also appeals to reluctant readers.

After we read the first one, we were on the search for others and ended up reading the whole series. As a former teacher of 15 years I highly recommend it.
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