Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Nick Bruel
     
 

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. With bath time approaching, Kitty's owners do what they can to prepare themselves for the disaster they know it will become--and even have an ambulance waiting in the driveway just in case!

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. With bath time approaching, Kitty's owners do what they can to prepare themselves for the disaster they know it will become--and even have an ambulance waiting in the driveway just in case!

Editorial Reviews

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

Gr 2-4

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

Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606143578
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Bad Kitty Series
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
125
Sales rank:
1,018,549
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of Boing!, Who Is Melvin Bubble? (a Junior Library Guild and Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection), and of course Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy. Bob and Otto, written by his father Robert and illustrated by Nick, was the One Picture Book/One Community selection for Miami Dade and Broward counties for the 2007-2008 school year. He is also the illustrator of Roaring Brook’s five Dick King-Smith chapter books. His next book will be another Bad Kitty chapter book, Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty, from Roaring Brook in Fall 2009. Nick lives with his wife Carina in Tarrytown, NY.

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