Bad Kitty Gets a Bathby Nick Bruel
Pet owners beware!
Bad Kitty really needs a bath, and she is forced to take one in this hysterical new illustrated how-to for young readers. The following are some items you will need for Kitty's bath: one bathtub, plenty of water, dry towels, a suit of armor, a letter to your loved ones, clean underwear (because stressful situations can cause "accidents"),… See more details below
Pet owners beware!
Bad Kitty really needs a bath, and she is forced to take one in this hysterical new illustrated how-to for young readers. The following are some items you will need for Kitty's bath: one bathtub, plenty of water, dry towels, a suit of armor, a letter to your loved ones, clean underwear (because stressful situations can cause "accidents"), an ambulance in your driveway with the engine running, and, oh, yeah, you'll also need Kitty . . . but good luck with that! Kitty is at her worst in this riotous how-to guide filled with bad smells, cautionary tales of horror, and hopefully by the end . . . some soap.
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 ... 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
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.
All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.
Meet the Author
Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series including the 2012 and 2013 CBC Childrens Choice Book Award winners Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President. Nick has also written and illustrated popular picture books including Who Is Melvin Bubble? and Bob and Otto. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Westchester, New York.
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