A Bad Kitty Christmas

A Bad Kitty Christmas

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by Nick Bruel
     
 

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A HILARIOUS NEW HOLIDAY PICTURE BOOK ABOUT EVERYONE'S FAVORITE NAUGHTY FELINE

"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY."

A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new

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A HILARIOUS NEW HOLIDAY PICTURE BOOK ABOUT EVERYONE'S FAVORITE NAUGHTY FELINE

"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY."

A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel's first picture book about Bad Kitty since the uproarious Poor Puppy in 2007 is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas cheer.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“ ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city/ Not a creature was stirring... except for Bad Kitty.” Riffing on Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” Bruel takes readers through the alphabet as his crazy-comical cat wrecks the holiday (“The Eggnog was Ended./ The Fruitcake was Flung”). After a scolding, Kitty runs away in the big city only to be rescued by a kind soul who knows a few things about Christmas spirit. Kitty’s zany antics, three romps through the alphabet, and a warm reunion make this a gift indeed for Bad Kitty fans. Ages 4–up. (Sept.)
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“It's a good story for teaching kids about the true meaning of the holiday.” —Parents Magazine

“Bruel slyly adapts the familiar poetic structure; Kitty's over-the-top expressions make her bad behavior even funnier.” —Horn Book Magazine

“Kitty's zany antics, three romps through the alphabet, and a warm reunion make this a gift indeed for Bad Kitty fans.” —Publishers Weekly

“If madcap destruction and comic antics are dear to your Kitty fans, recommend this title.” —School Library Journal

“A witty and original take on the old Christmas Eve chestnut, with a sweet twist to season the fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Everyone's favorite feline wreaks holiday havoc in a book that blends alphabet rhymes with a tender tale of good will towards men (and cats and lonely old ladies) and ends with a critter-centered rendition of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Bad Kitty is a feisty, unpredictable character whose escalating mischief draws in young readers and keeps them wondering what might happen next. Author/illustrator Nick Bruel's innovative page design and use of panels create visuals that zing with energy and showcase Kitty's antics to lively effect. Now that Kitty has tackled Christmas in this seventh book in the series, might a tussle with the Easter Bunny be next? Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Fans of Bad Kitty will not be surprised that she is up to no good again. Through a mash-up of odd alphabet lists and riffs on "The Night before Christmas," a litany of the feline's pranks is conveyed in bold graphic panels and uneven rhymes. Bad Kitty wants MORE for Christmas until she escapes from her family car and is rescued by a lonely old woman who teaches her that the true meaning of Christmas is "FAMILY." Puppy rescues Kitty and they both take the old lady home, where she is adopted by their owners. If madcap destruction and comic antics are dear to your Kitty fans, recommend this title. Others may want a calmer holiday.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Bruel continues the hilarious adventures of Bad Kitty with a "Night Before Christmas" theme in this latest entry in his successful series about the alphabet-obsessed pet.

Bad Kitty exhibits her customary bad-to-the-bone behavior as she tears through presents and decorations in alphabetical order, from ambushing an angel to zapping the narrator's zeal. But all that chaos isn't enough for the fearless feline, because she also dreams of an improbable Christmas banquet, enumerated in another alphabetical litany of hypothetical treats such as fried yak with zebra tail. After a scolding, Bad Kitty runs away from home, and as darkness falls on Christmas Eve, she is rescued by a tiny, elderly woman. The lady shares her family photos with the cat, launching another amusing alphabetical list of her extended family. Though the rhyming text is humorous, the kindly woman also makes some gentle comments about the important aspects of celebrating Christmas with family, and her kindness is repaid when Bad Kitty takes her home for Christmas. The cartoon-style illustrations and multiple-panel format will draw in reluctant readers who might resist a Christmas story, but, really, who can resist Bad Kitty, with all her funny faces and amusing antics?

A witty and original take on the old Christmas Eve chestnut, with a sweet twist to season the fun.(Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596436688
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Series:
Bad Kitty Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
156,506
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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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Bad Kitty Christmas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book for Christmas. Large colorful illustrations are accompanied by text that follows the rhyme of the poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas. Bad Kitty is up to her usual hijinks, tearing apart the house and the Christmas decorations. When she escapes from the car while on a Christmas Eve drive, she sets off on an adventure where she finds the real meaning of Christmas. A great book for young readers. Highly recommended for parents and grandparents who love to read aloud to their children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome for kids of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally awesome!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love bad kitty so much i just cant stop reading it
thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
This very appealing picture book/rhyming story is a great little tale to read aloud to your youngster or for your independent reader to read alone. The drawing of the kitty's face is simply endearing, and the tale is a tender tale about the true meaning of sharing with others, not only on Christmas, but always. The meaning of family devotion and compassion is explored on a level with which any child can identify. Readers who have enjoyed other Bad Kitty stories will love this one as well. The story is wholesome, the message warm and engaging; the book is a welcome addition to your Christmas reading list and/or your child's bookshelf. While this title may refer to Christmas, and the story may be about the true spirit of the holiday, several holidays are briefly mentioned (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Eid), making the book's message universally inclusive for everyone. Devotion to members of the family, and those that feel like they should be members of the family, is key in this book, especially during the time when people are the loneliest, like the times when holidays are celebrated alone of necessity. There is a warm feeling between all the characters in this rhyme which is a takeoff on "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and dogs and cats are an equal part of that equation. There is a wonderful added bonus to the benefits of reading this hilarious presentation which is the presence of a pattern of rhymes which emphasizes the learning of the alphabet. Early readers will find it a joy to learn as they read, and parents and children will laugh out loud, but then, in the end, they will inwardly feel the warmth of the tale and its message of kindness and compassion. Young minds will be able to embrace this message and the charming illustrations will delight even the most sophisticated reader. The pictures and the message will bring a smile to many lips.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an awesome book, but not for 12 dollars!
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I just love the Nick Bruel "Bad Kitty" books.  Not only are they a fun and delightful romp through the alphabet, they also tell a story.  It is not easy to tell stories using the alphabet.  If you don't believe me, pull ten or so ABC books off the shelves of the picture book section of the library.  How many actually tell a story?  How many use the alphabet THREE TIMES to tell a story?   Although I love the"Bad Kitty" books, this Christmas book is even more special and spectacular.  Do I have a problem with stories about people whose families are not exactly like mine?  No, because I don't have a problem with people whose families are not exactly like mine. This story made me tear up a bit.  And laugh.  And smile.  And buy the book.  And the artwork?  Well, I think this book contains the best illustrations out of any of the "Bad Kitty" books.  They, too, are even more special and spectacular. 
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Kitty has ruined the presents for Christmas. She’s being GREEDY and a bad, BAD Kitty and she doesn’t seem to care. As Kitty and her family are driving to Uncle Murray’s house for a visit, Kitty jumped out the window because she was still mad she got yelled at! Kitty soon regrets what she did. She is cold, lost miserable and surrounded by rats! She hid in an alley and was found by a poor, but kindly, old lady. The lady brings her to her apartment and teaches her the true spirit of Christmas. Kitty then realizes what she did and gets homesick. Will anyone come to find her? Why I liked this book – First off, Bad Kitty + Christmas + Rhyme + Alphabet = a very funny, book about the true spirit of Christmas and a (very) naughty cat. Need I say more? Well the long version is; I really liked this version of Bad Kitty and Mr. Bruel REALLY made funny rhymes (and alphabet sets – yes! There are FIVE alphabet sets in this book and they all rhyme!) to go with the book. He is one creative guy! What is even better is that along with all those alphabet sets, there is an awesome story about family and what Christmas is really about. I really like how this book teaches the true meaning of Christmas in a funny, Bad Kitty way! I think kids and adults will really enjoy this book. It is also great for a read aloud, especially for Christmas! **NOTE I bought a copy of this book at a festival.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughters have really enjoyed some of the other Bad Kitty books, but this one is really, really bad. Clearly, it was written only for the money, resting on Bad Kitty's laurels. It tediously stretches for a noun/verb combination for each of the 26 bad things the Kitty did; one for each letter of the alphabet. "The Books were Bumped, The Cards were Crushed, The Drums were Dumped, The Egg nog was Ended, the Fruitcake was Flung..." You get the idea. Next, we are met with a nonchalant homosexual reference; politics thrives in kids books. Then, a secular conclusion about holidays in general is drawn, "Like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Eid, you see, Christmas is all about... Family." Perhaps to many folks, Christmas is all about family, but to Christians it's actually about Jesus. Nick Bruel is no Charles M. Schultz, that's for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids have truly enjoyed these books.  We have read many of the various titles over and over again and have had great giggle festivals before bed.  And, in this book Bad Kitty is up to his usual hijinks.  But, I need to throw out a word of caution to Christian parents.  This book does make an Eid and same sex couple reference that caught me off guard.  Had I been aware that the author was going to slip that in I would not have purchased this book.  I just want other parents to be aware incase they don't share Mr. Bruel's point of view.  It isn’t blatant!  He is very “matter of fact” about it in his approach.  I realize he was probably just trying to be all-inclusive to the Muslim and homosexual communities.  As another reviewer wrote, "While this title may refer to Christmas, and the story may be about the true spirit of the holiday, several holidays are briefly mentioned (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Eid), making the book's message universally inclusive for everyone."  But, if you are a family with traditional Christian views, you just need to be aware.  I wasn't expecting the book to highlight the story of Christ.  However, I was not expecting what he delivered either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read aloud story. The Read to Me feature worked well and held the students' interest. A nice Christmas story that teaches a good lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book puts ur bad mood into a good one.
DawnieGirlDL More than 1 year ago
Bad Kitty is so naughty! She wants Christmas her way, like it or lump it! Bad Kitty puts her own wicked holiday twist on the alphabet and shows us all how NOT to behave at Christmas. She soon learns the error of her ways and learns the true meaning of what it means to give. Bad Kitty makes amends . . . until the next time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great Christmas book get I
Murphys-Kitchen More than 1 year ago
My son couldn't wait to get this book. He loves all Bad Kitty books; esp. the hardcover one. They seem to hold up the best. Every book has acCute story and he gets even a bigger kick out of reading them over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love bad kitty she is awsome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book yet, but i bet it is great just like all the other bad kitty books!
ILOVEBELLA More than 1 year ago
My daughter LOVES Bad Kitty. She loves all of Nick Bruel's books. It is a book that she reads over and over and over and over again and I don't even have to tell her to go read. My daughter is 8 and has been reading since she was 4. She can read advance chapter books, but I balance that out by letting her read the picture books of characters that she loves. Bad Kitty is a character that can grow with kids, you can start them on the Bad Kitty picture books and move up to the Bad Kitty chapter books. I asked my daughter what rating she wanted to give "A Bad Kitty Christmas" and she said "a thousand stars!" It doesn't get any better than that! This is the kind of book that kids will read repeatedly, they will also talk about it in long discussions and it is the kind of book that makes memories that the children will cherish when they get older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny and also teaches the real meaning of the holidays. Is a little long, but overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your a cute kitty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read it but it looks good to me is it worth 11.99 ????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome.my teacher mrs.bearth read it. I just love it.
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This is the best book for a baby so get it
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