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“Bad Kitty ... proves once again she's a force to be reckoned with.” Kirkus Reviews
“Anyone who loves (or hates) cats will get a good chuckle from this book: children and adults alike.” Children's Literature
“Bruel's zany illustrations incorporate numerous perspectives that heighten the humor.” School Library Journal
“A tubful oul of fun.” Cape Cod Times
“Cat lovers of all ages will want to pounce on this book.” RealVail
“This follow-up to Bad Kitty pairs Bruel's witty asides and spastic, tongue-in-cheek commentaries with more high-energy cartoon illustrations. . . . Whether they prefer cats or dogs, young and reluctant readers will get plenty of laughs from this comic and informative chapter book.” Booklist
Children's Literature - L. A. Gallaway
Bad Kitty needs a bath and that means trouble! Nick Bruel creates a hilarious book by combining serious text with humorous illustrations. The book is presented as a simple instruction manual for how to give a kitty a bath, but there is humor around every soap bubble. When gathering supplies for giving kitty a bath, Bruel suggests soap, water, a towel, and…a suit of armor (among other things). The instructions are interrupted with wrong turns (using a firm voice with kitty), dreams (in which kitty cooperates and gives you a bath filled with chocolate covered diamonds as a reward for all your hard work), and to ask puppy questions (to which his response is, "Duh…Arf?!"). The illustrations carry and expand the story with humor that motivates and supports the young reader. This book will captivate and delight a wide variety of readers. Anyone who loves (or hates) cats will get a good chuckle from this book: children and adults alike. Reviewer: L. A. Gallaway
School Library Journal
Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy are back. This time they are featured in a funny, heavily illustrated "how-to" chapter book that is reminiscent of Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise's "Regarding the..." titles (Harcourt). The instructions for getting the feline into the water include begging, cajoling, and reverse psychology. The text includes clippings from the Daily Nooz , "Uncle Murray's Fun Facts," a "Quick Quiz," a glossary of cat sounds ("fft!"), and two notes from the editor to the author about what is "unprintable." The resistant cat makes a valiant effort to avoid the procedure but finally-"YEOWR!," "HISSS!"-she is bathed. The pup gets his turn in an epilogue, but without any drama. Bruel's zany illustrations incorporate numerous perspectives that heighten the humor.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Bad Kitty usually cleans herself. Sometimes, however, when Poor Puppy chases her into a garbage can, for instance, she really needs a bath. Everyone knows that cats hate baths. "It's not that cats don't like baths. It's not that cats have a difficult relationship with baths...CATS HATE BATHS!" This helpful book gives readers instructions on how to give Kitty a bath when there are simply no other options. It begins with finding and catching Kitty, which is easier said than done. There's a helpful glossary of translations of the sounds Kitty is likely to make during the bath (one entry so R-rated it's censored by the editor), and another glossary at the back of the harder words in the text (including "glossary"). Bad Kitty has made her way through the alphabet and numbers up to 26 in previous outings, and in this heavily illustrated chapter book larded with science facts and plenty of laughs, she proves once again she's a force to be reckoned with. Multiple copies are a must. (Fiction. 5-12)
Read an Excerpt
Now’s the hard part.
The bath is ready, but Kitty is not. In fact, Kitty is nowhere to be found.
Is she in her litter box?
Is she under the sofa?*
Is she sitting on her favorite window ledge?
Is she sitting in her favorite chair?
Is she lying in your bed?
So where is Kitty?
Kitty’s very good at hiding. So maybe the best step right now would be to think about where you found her all the other times she hid.
This is where she was hiding when you had to take her to the vet.*
This is where she was hiding when you had to brush her teeth.
This is where she was hiding when you had to give her medicine.
This is where she was hiding when you had to clip her nails.
This is where she was hiding when you told her to finish her vegetables.*
Maybe Puppy knows where Kitty is hiding.
Hey, Puppy . . . Do you know where Kitty is hiding?
Hmmm . . . Maybe he doesn’t know.
Hold on . . . Since when does Puppy have black fur? Puppy has never had black fur. So maybe that isn’t Puppy at all. So who is it really? Hmmm . . .
IT’S KITTY IN DISGUISE! GET HER!
SHE’S RUNNING INTO THE LIVING ROOM! GET HER!
Excerpted from Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel.
Copyright © 2008 by Nick Bruel.
Published in 2008 by Square Fish.
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