Bad Kitty for President [NOOK Book]

Overview


The votes are in--it's a Bad Kitty landslide! It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the...
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Overview


The votes are in--it's a Bad Kitty landslide! It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.

Winner of the 2013 Children's Choice Book of the Year Award for Grades 3-4

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Editorial Reviews

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Forgot White House runs; Bad Kitty has decided to put her paw in the ring for the Neighborhood Cat Club. A winning election year yarn for beginning readers and still uncommitted voters.

From the Publisher
“While there is no doubt that Bad Kitty for President will provide some good-old page-turning enjoyment, readers should come away with some election knowledge to boot.”—School Library Journal

"With their trademark wit, Bruel and his bad Kitty are back."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Old Kitty has served two terms as President of the Neighborhood Cat Club. Frustrated at all of the stray cats invading the neighborhood, Kitty decides to run for President. However, Kitty does not follow advice and alienates everyone by misbehaving while campaigning. This very funny book is a great way for young readers to learn about the process of electing a president. Through humorous text and cartoon like illustrations, key elements are explained. Readers will learn about primaries, caucuses, campaign ads, debates, and voting. When Kitty's campaign is just too dirty, Edna Prunelove steps in with a sweet puppy story to protect innocent readers from inappropriate material. Uncle Murray appears occasionally with lists of fun facts about elections. Chatty Kitty informs the reader of interesting presidential cat trivia. The black and white illustrations enable the reader to focus on Kitty's crazy expressions providing a delightful lesson about the political system for young people. The glossary provides witty definitions of political terms. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Bridging the gap between illustrated chapter book and graphic novel, Bad Kitty returns with a book perfectly timed for the upcoming election season. As usual, she's quite a bit of fun. After two terms, Old Kitty's presidency of the Neighborhood Cat Club is ending. When Bad Kitty learns of the powerful possibilities of the office, she decides to run. The story closely follows the timeline of a real election, including a primary, campaigning, and a debate—all in anticipation of engaging the electorate. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations splash across every page, merging with the text to set a lighthearted mood. There is a surprising amount of detail at times (527 committees for kids, anyone?), with Uncle Murray popping up to provide sections of in-depth facts. While this occasionally slows the pace and may go over some readers' heads, the goofy spirit remains intact. A glossary of election terms is humorously brought to life by the elderly Edna Prunelove. While there is no doubt that Bad Kitty for President will provide some good-old page-turning enjoyment, readers should come away with some election knowledge to boot.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466812468
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Series: Bad Kitty Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 76,629
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • File size: 42 MB
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Meet the Author


Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of, among other books, Bad Kitty, Poor Puppy, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray, and Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Tarrytown, New York.
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Reading Group Guide

Bad Kitty For President: Word Scramble!

Bad Kitty is at it again! Help her and Poor Puppy un-scramble the words listed below before the

ballots close for good!

1. VOET 

2. EICTNLOE 

3. BLTAOL 

4. YAPRT NLIE 

5. TAIDCDNEA

6. MCANAPGI

7. ESPHCE

8. FOPMRTLA

9. PDOIUM

10. EBDTAE 

Word Box

SPEECH 

CAMPAIGN

PLATFORM 

CANDIDATE

PODIUM 

ELECTION

VOTE 

DEBATE

PARTY LINE

BALLOT

Bad Kitty for President: Writing Exercise!

Every candidate needs a good writing team! Become a part of Bad Kitty’s campaign by helping her write a speech to read at the next Neighborhood Cat Coalition.

In the box below, outline your ideas, and then, on a separate sheet, use these points to write your final speech. And remember, no empty promises, Kitty!

Introduction:

Main Argument:

Conclusion:

Bad Kitty for President: Where is Bad Kitty Campaigning?

Help! We’ve got to find Kitty’s campaign trail! Use the clues below to locate the states Kitty has visited, and where she will be going to next.

Clues:

1. This Midwestern state is known for its cheese and cooooooold winters. Go Packers Go!

2. This state is known for its aloha spirit and delicious pineapples! Aloha!

3. This state is known for its loyal sports fans and historic Freedom Trail. It’s the Bay State!  

4. This “sunny” state is known for its yummy oranges, fun theme parks, and boggy Everglades.

5. This state shares a border with Canada and is part of the Great Plains region. It is located just north of another state with a similar name! 

6. This Northeast state is home to the busiest, most populated city in the US––the state and the city have the same name!

7. This Pacific state is known for the historic Gold Rush. It is also home to Tinsel Town and some of

the best surfing!

8. Commonly known as the Lone Star state, it is home to the Alamo!

9. Located in the west, this state is home to some of the best skiing and hiking trails in our country. It’s home to the Rocky Mountains!

10. This Northwest state is the only state to be named after a president. 

Bad Kitty for President: Host Your Own Mock Election!

Curious how the Neighborhood Cat Coalition keeps their checks and balances?

Host your own mock election at school or home today. Here’s all the stuff you’ll need for a smooth-sailing election. Just don’t let Bad Kitty into the ballot box!

Official Petitions

Have a school or community official encourage students to participate in the election by signing up as candidates for specific positions. 

Campaign Speeches

Whether you are running for class president or student council member, it is always a great idea to hold an assembly where all of the candidates talk about their platform and ideas. They should discuss issues that might have an effect on the student experience.

Election Ballot

Have everyone who is interested in the election cast their vote individually and privately.  Create a box with a small slit for the ballots. The ballots could look like this:

I give my vote to:

My Write In Candidate is:

________________________________________________

Tallying Ballots

Once the voting has closed, assign a group of students to count all of the votes. Use a chalkboard, a white board, or even a computer chart to make sure every vote is counted, and every voice is heard. Once all of the votes have been counted, you can announce the winner!

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Very disappointed with a few of the authors selection of words..

    Very disappointed with a few of the authors selection of words... or lack there of. My eight year old daughter pointed out at least two pages that contain bleeped out foul language indicators.... for instance page 86 contains the following; "What the %#%$ is that?"

    If this is meant to be the word "heck" then spell it out... let's not leave this kind of thing for kids to fill in the blank. I know that kids hear all sorts of foul language today, but I don't think they should have to read it in a children's book.

    I don't feel that a children's book is the right place to have this kind of stuff.

    8 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Hello

    Tis book is pretty good once you read it

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    This book is hilarious and I would have read this to my son when

    This book is hilarious and I would have read this to my son when he was 8 (he's an adult now, and I would add, an informed and educated adult who keeps up on topical information). This satire of the political process can help explain all the ridiculous rhetoric all of us, children included, face every political season. The glossary of political terms at the back is quite informative to help educate kids. Our society uses expletives (%#%$) to denote "colorful language" in our text -- wouldn't you rather your children understand that, than be ignorant of it? And let's face it, we all know an Uncle Murray!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Brianna

    Soooooooooooo good i love these books omg!!! People please these are the best books ever!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    My 6 yo loves the Bad Kitty books. He just laughs and laughs wh

    My 6 yo loves the Bad Kitty books. He just laughs and laughs when we read them, and they have helped encourage him to start reading chapter books on his own. However, this one lost his interest. I think if he was older and had an idea of how an election works he would have enjoyed it, but he knows very little about politics and is not interested in learning. When you have to explain the ideas, the jokes aren't funny and he didn't really want to hear the explanations. We'll stick to the others which are great!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Great book

    I love this book it is very funny

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    Disappointed in the choice of words, story content, and illustra

    Disappointed in the choice of words, story content, and illustrations.  The story content was not funny.  
    Uncle Murray is scary looking not funny with his comments that he makes.

    We really enjoyed Bad Kitty Takes a Bath.  We ordered the rest of the Bad Kitty books on the nook and are very disappointed.  We would 
    recommend give Bad Kitty Takes a Bath.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Bad kitty

    Awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Bad kitty

    Dont read it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Fg

    Awesome book I want to read it over and over again

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    Not impressed at all! It doesn't even deserve the 1 star I was f

    Not impressed at all! It doesn't even deserve the 1 star I was forced to give!
    Sarcastic, sassy & rude and also has bleeped out foul language. example: "What the %#@$ is that?"
    This is nothing that kids need help with today. I understand the world is not all rosey and nice but this isn't helping it ethier. 
    There are many  other kids books out there that don't use any of this nonsense.

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