Let's face it, Bad Kitty is incorrigible. Now she and Puppy are on rampage, destroying house, home; not to mention, Baby's sleep. After all this ruckus, our feline felon has been sentenced to obedience school, but that's no guarantee that our favorite little renegade will become perfect. Now in trade paperback.
Bad Kitty (and her attitude) are back in her sixth illustrated chapter book, and roughhousing has earned both her and Puppy a trip to Diabla Von Gloom's School for Wayward Pets. Throughout, Bruel has fun defying readers' expectations: despite the teacher's name (and that the school resembles a haunted mansion), she's patient and kind, believing there is no such thing as "bad" pets. And despite Bad Kitty's reputation, she might be right. Chapters take readers through school day activities that range from arts and crafts time (while Puppy is a dog of few words, it turns out he's a savant when it comes to art and music) to show and tell (Bad Kitty's contribution: a hairball). Additional comedy comes from two classmates, an ill-mannered rabbit who believes he's a "mutant supervillain," and a temperamental cat-hating bulldog, who has decided that Bad Kitty is actually a cow (much to the cat's relief). Facts about cat-dog interaction—courtesy of a familiar face, Uncle Murray—are a bonus, but as usual it's Bad Kitty's personality that rules the day. Ages 7–10. Agent: Jennie Dunham, Dunham Literary. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Bad Kitty's legions of fans will not be disappointed.” Kirkus Reviews
“As usual it's Bad Kitty's personality that rules the day.” Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Greta Holt
"Splort!"Puppy drools on Bad Kitty while she is trying to get a mid-day nap. Bad Kitty cannot take it anymore and the fight is on. Baby accidentally rolls over on his head while the two animals chase one another. The result: behavior school for Puppy and Bad Kitty. Laden with a huge backpack of "?Love, love angel kitten" stuff (yuck,) poor Bad Kitty and the drooling Puppy head for the school bus. Children, whether reading the story or experiencing it with an adult, will empathize with the two characters as they sit beside strange classmates on the bus: the rabbit who calls himself Super Mutant Villain, and the bulldog who intones, "I hate cats." From this point the story could have taken a dark alley by centering on a mean teacher, which the characters fear may happen. The light shines, though, when the happy teacher, who wishes to be called Miss Dee, welcomes the misfits to her behavioral school. Miss Dee tells the baddies right away that she is sure they are all good pets, even the huffing, hissing Bad Kitty. The book progresses through the school day and highlights the lessons each animal learns about being a respectable pet. The rabbit is wonderfully nuts, and the bulldog provides a way for Bad Kitty to show that she is not so bad. The students experience a full day of such activities as show-and-tell and story time. Occasionally, the plot is interrupted by Uncle Murray's Fun Facts, which provide real information about cats and dogs. Bruel's illustrations are wacky, yet accessible. Because the behavioral concepts are understandable but the tone satyric, the series can be shared among various age groups: adults will like reading with youngsters, and older youth will appreciate the use of irony. Part of the "Bad Kitty" series. Reviewer: Greta Holt