Bad Kitty [NOOK Book]

Overview


From the creator of The New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk -- four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill...and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, ...
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Overview


From the creator of The New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk -- four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill...and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake...) does she Apologize to Grandma.



When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With the alphabet as his jumping off point, Bruel (Boing!) recounts just how far things can go awry when cats go bad. After Kitty discovers that the only food in the house consists of 26 kinds of vegetables (asparagus, beets, cauliflower and on through zucchini), her mood turns blacker than her scraggly fur coat. She unleashes her own alphabet of woe that will have youngsters howling with laughter (and cat owners young and old will understand that many of these scenarios do not require a total suspension of disbelief). Bruel chronicles the misbehavior by dividing the spreads into eight strips, each containing a kind of visual one-liner devoted to a single letter. "She... Quarreled with our neighbors," the author writes, as Kitty watches through the mail slot while a human holds a note that reads, "Meow Hiss Hiss...!" The furry protagonist even "Sold my toys" (Kitty seems to have appropriated her unseen owner's lemonade stand for this purpose). But when the humans restock the larder with cat-friendly food (rhino ravioli, shark sushi, etc.), the feline turns over a new leaf-in alphabetical fashion, of course. Even readers who've mastered their ABCs will laugh at Bruel's gleefully composed litanies and the can-you-top-this spirit that animates every page. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This four-part alphabet book will appeal to youngsters who like their stories more naughty than nice. The tale opens with Kitty learning that her owners have run out of cat food and that her only options are healthy and nutritious edibles that run the gamut from "Asparagus" to "Zucchini." She reacts by doing an A-to-Z list of mischievous things, like "claw[ing] the curtains" and "hurl[ing] hair balls at our heads." When her owners return with food that ranges from "An Assortment of Anchovies" to "Baked Zebra Ziti," Kitty realizes she must atone for her bad behavior with a final list of alphabetical deeds such as cleaning the cat box and washing the car. Some actions and items are a bit of a stretch, in particular "sQuashes" for "Q" and "rhUbarb" for "U." While the story is packed with colorful cartoon illustrations that introduce each object, it is Kitty who steals the show with her slyly drawn feline expressions. Intended for slightly older alphabet-book fans, this offering will attract readers with a taste for the ridiculous.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
She may be a "bad bad BAD Kitty," but she's the star of an alphabet book that should be in every collection. This poor, black kitty only became bad when her family ran out of kitty-appropriate food. She was going to be forced to eat an alphabet of healthy foods, asparagus to zucchini. So she perpetrates an alphabet of badness, from "Ate my homework" to "Zeroing the zinnias." Then her loving family returns from the grocery with an alphabet of great kitty food, anchovies to zebra ziti-some of it silly, but she's excited enough to reform and perform an alphabet of gracious actions, from apologizing to a nipped grandma to lulling a baby into a "zzz"-ful sleep. Kitty gets a present too, her just deserts (a puppy to play with). Bruel's little black star is perhaps the hammiest, most expressive feline ever captured in watercolors. The quarter-page illustrations for all the letters in all four alphabets are littered with little (and big) laughs. Even the alphabet-experienced will love this bad, bad kitty! (Picture book. 3-9)
From the Publisher
“Nick Bruel’s picture book appeals to the sillier side of children, with its naughty heroine, comical illustrations, and clever twist on the alphabet book genre. The audio version accompanying the book is read by actress/singer Vanessa Williams, who plays up the craziness with her dynamic vocals. This is a wild and fun story for a read-aloud.” – Parents’ Choice Recommended

“Williams proves to be an expressive, enthusiastic, and polished narrator.” – Publishers Weekly

“Vanessa Williams narrates at a good clip yet giving listeners time to pore over the illustrations.” – AudioFile Magazine

“Vanessa Wiliams’s expressive, spirited narration is the perfect fit for Bad Kitty’s naughty (yet relatively harmless) shenanigans… This humorous alphabet book is a fun listen.” – School Library Journal

 

Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty won the 2008 K-3 Volunteer State Book Award, the Children’s Choice Award for Tennessee

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Bad Kitty doesn't necessarily want to be a nuisance, but she is left no choice when her owner offers her nothing to eat but boring healthy produce—from the fairly tame asparagus to the exotic-sounding xigua. After this abecedarian treatment of various fruits and vegetables (all of which Bad Kitty hates), she goes on to wreak havoc, from she "ate my homework" down the alphabet to she "zeroed in on the zinnias." When her owner brings her foods she likes (from "an assortment of anchovies" to "baked zebra ziti"), Bad Kitty shapes up and does an alphabet's worth of good deeds—apologized to Grandma, etc. To reward her exceptional behavior, her owner brings her a new playmate: a puppy who will—gasp!—share her food. Needless to say, this turn of events ensures that Bad Kitty will continue to live up to her name. Author/illustrator Nick Bruel's humorous comic book-style illustrations (Roaring Brook, 2005) are spot-on for his cantankerous yet lovable cat. Vanessa Williams's expressive, spirited narration is the perfect fit for Bad Kitty's naughty (yet relatively harmless) shenanigans. Page-turn signals are optional. This humorous alphabet book is a fun listen.—Amy Holland, Irondequoit Public Library, Evans Branch, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466811317
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Bad Kitty Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 54,196
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 40 MB
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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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    Is it wrong that Mom & Dad love this book too?

    Our daughter is 6, and although she's had this book for 2 years, she never tires of it, nor do we. We love the clever idea of ABCs of unfortunate things that Bad Kitty doesn't want to eat, but add the illustrations - PRICELESS. I actually bought an extra copy of the book & keep it at my office. When I've had a really stressful meeting, I will open it & give myself a giggle just looking at the expressions Bruel was able to capture in his illustrations. Ok, maybe I just need to get out more, but this is cheaper than therapy!! But honestly... this is a lovely book! BTW, there is also a stuffed Bad Kitty available now as well!!

    17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A must for cat lovers.

    If you have a cat or have ever had a cat as a pet, you will see some resemblance to Bad Kitty. Great read for the entire family. We love the entire series.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Julia Ho

    Bad Kitty books are asome! They are so silly!i

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Ha ha!

    Very funny book. Go's through the whole alphabet in a funny way!

    For ages 5 to 105

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2010

    The Cat Lovers Guide TO............Bad Kitty!!!

    Bad kitty is mean but a riot!Bad kitty loves meat.And bad kitty hates veggies and fruits.

    9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Cool

    Awsome

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Bad kitty

    I loved this book! Its so cute how they do stuff from A to Z. First bad kitty is told what the humens have for her to eat, which is all veggies(they name veggies from A to Z). Then bad kitty gets mad because she doesn't like veggies, so she dose bad stuff, such as "hack hairballs at are heads"(a list done from A to Z). Then the humens buy good food for bad kitty(again from A to Z). And then bad kitty does good stuff for biring her the good food, all done in order from A to Z. Its very funny.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

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    WHAT'S A KITTY GOING TO DO?

    It’s always a special treat to hear a favorite book superbly read. Who doesn’t love Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty series, and who better to deliver it with appropriate comic appeal than Emmy and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams? Yes, it is hilarious but it is also a four-part alphabet book that will have youngsters learning their ABCs whether they intended to or not.

    Our story opens when Kitty finds out that there’s no more cat food in the house, so she’s going to have to make do with veggies - Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill - well, you get the idea. There’s the beginning of the alphabet which goes all the way through to Zucchini, and a menu that doesn’t appeal to Kitty at all.

    What does the frantic feline do? Ate homework, Bit Grandma, Clawed curtains, Damaged dishes, and so the rampage goes. However, things begin to look up when her owner returns from the grocery store with An assortment of anchovies, Buffalo burrito, Chicken Cheesecake, etc. So, how does Kitty make up for her bad behavior? Listen, read or do both with this Book and CD set.

    - Gail Cooke

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    wanna laugh?

    I purchased this book for my daughter who is five because she liked the cover and it made her giggle, so I figured, why not?...We came home and read the book together and she laughed so hard that I had to stop several times so she could hear what we were reading. To hear her laugh that way is priceless, the pictures are hilarious, and for anyone who has or has had a cat in the past, you can relate, trust me. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good belly laugh with their children, because, of course, it's contagious, so the whole family will be giggling right along.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    The best book ever

    This is a greate fabtabulous book

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Eyes

    Well the eyes are diffrent then the other books but it is very very short it should be 1.00$ cuz it is way to short so take my word

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    Our 4-year-old son prefers books which appeal to his sense of humor and his capacity for mischief. This book delivers, telling the story while reviewing the ABC's four times throughout. We love reading and rereading it, and, now that my son has the book memorized, he reads it to himself. Fantastic and enjoyable book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Euehs

    Bad kitty rocks but her eyes look weird compared to he rin the other books

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    I love bad kitty 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 hits.

    Bad kittyyyyyyyyy

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    January 17 2013

    Im 11 and i still like to read those kinds of books and let me just say that i loved them all you should read it if you havent yet because im literally in love with these books especially bad kitty gets a bath you should really get it

    ;-) BYE BYE

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    THATS RIGHT! FOLKS!

    THE MOMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: SURVIVOR DOGS TORTURE JB WITH EXCLUSIVE HYSTERICAL LOL LOL STORIES OK UMMM FIRST UP Lucky- You know, Lucky? He is Bella's bro, he also Blade's friend in this series even though they hate each other. Umm... He is a sheltie-retriever with golden fur, and he is a former Lone Dog. His pup name was Yap. Oh, umm.... He will stop the Storm of Dogs! Blade-Blade is a black dog with a white shape of a fang on the side of her neck. The reason she is evil is becuz her owner made her listen to Justin Bieber songs on the radio. And.... Blade was like, "Noooo!" But longpaws cant understand Fierce Dog. So she became Alpha of the Fierce Dogs, and she Lucky's friend. She called Lux to help her survive it, so she friends now! Her nickname is Blade Dawg dont ask me why okay i made up Sweet-Sweet is a female Border Collie and she Lucky's girlfriend :P she hates JB like Bladeh and Lux. Umm.... She is a swift-dog and her pack all died out because JB kidnapped them with his sidekick Rebbecca Black. Her nickname is Sweetie Pie More later bye I need to go satisfy my Sonic mood!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Fane og help peace

    Today i love this book because i can read it ...................of corst its kitty

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Bad kitty

    It is like the ather wones!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Bad Kitty is too good

    This is an amazing alphabet book for kids that adults will find just as humorist. When Kitty hears that all the cat food is gone and all that's left is an assortment of healthy food like beets and cauliflower, she decides to start being bad!
    The pictures are so neatly drawn and the story so wonderfully written that your child will love it. The best part is that they get to learn the alphabet in a fun way.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Love it!

    I read this book (well at least had it read to me) as a kid and I really loved it! The story is really cute! Any little kid will love and treasure it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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