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Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door

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by Nick Bruel
     
 

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Kitty's owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who's going to watch them? Good ol' Uncle Murray, star of the Fun Facts feature of previous Kitty books—the guy you thought knew everything about cats. Think again! It isn't long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions.

Overview

Kitty's owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who's going to watch them? Good ol' Uncle Murray, star of the Fun Facts feature of previous Kitty books—the guy you thought knew everything about cats. Think again! It isn't long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Ashcraft
This hilarious cartoon-style book tells the story of Uncle Murray who has been put in charge of Bad Kitty and Puppy while their people are gone for a week. Uncle Murray, a goofy guy, gets picked on by not only Bad Kitty, but all the cats in the neighborhood. The tale contrasts his fond relationship with Puppy and his intimidation by Bad Kitty. This chapter book with black and white illustrations highlights Uncle Murray's dilemma. Interspersed with pages of fun facts about cats and ending with an appendix about phobias, this book is fun for not only young readers, but readers of all ages. With a style full of exaggeration, Bruel engages the reader and sets up an adventure that ends with a surprise for Bad Kitty. Reviewer: Donna Ashcraft
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—The cantankerous cat is back, and her claws are out in this picture-laden chapter book. Uncle Murray, who has appeared in previous books to give his "Fun Facts" about cats, is here to "pet sit" Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy. The feline is not happy with this arrangement and gives Uncle Murray a horrible time, skittishly jumping out at him when he least expects it. When Murray pulls out the dreaded vacuum cleaner, Bad Kitty bolts out the door and into the street. By the end of the pet-sitting arrangement, a ragged, dirty, glazed Murray keeps repeating wistfully, "fish don't bite or scream or chase you around the house…." Different fonts and huge scrawling words appear throughout, and the black-and-white cartoons on every page often show Bad Kitty and Murray with exaggerated gestures. The style gives the book a fast pace and adds to the comedic atmosphere. However, it's Uncle Murray's good-natured bumbling against Bad Kitty's cranky craziness that will get the giggles going.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews

Waking from a dream of Pussycat Paradise, Bad Kitty learns her humans are going on a trip. Of course, they'll bring her a surprise on their return. In the meantime, Uncle Murray will stay with Bad Kitty and Puppy. Puppy droolingly snuggles up to Uncle Murray, but in Bad Kitty's overactive imagination Uncle Murray is a cat-eating ogre. She tries hiding from him, but he "finds her" every time (and she scares the bejesus out of him each time she spazzes). Bad Kitty finally escapes for a chase around the neighborhood. When it ends back at home, Uncle Murray's had enough! Détente is achieved, and as usual Bad Kitty's surprise on her people's return is anything but a reward. Bruel's third chapter-book–length Bad Kitty tale includes more pussycat hijinks and googly-eyed kitty freak-outs. Uncle Murray's questions about cat fears are answered with actual facts, and a list of phobias follows in an appendix. A few lapses in the frenetic pace won't keep fans from enjoying this and looking forward to the promised sequel. (Graphic hybrid fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429962902
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Bad Kitty Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
159,619
File size:
40 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE PUSSYCAT PARADISE WELCOME, KITTY!

Welcome to Pussycat Paradise, where everything you see is made entirely out of FOOD—food for your belly!

The mountains are made out of kibble. The trees are made out of sausages and bacon. Cans of cat food grow out of the ground. And the grass is made out of catnip.

Yes, Kitty! Eat! EAT! Food is everywhere! The rocks are made out of turkey and giblets. The dirt is made out of tuna fish. Even the rivers flow with beef gravy.

And the best part, of course, is that YOU are the only one here! No dogs to hound you. No people to make you take a bath. There is no one else here. Only you.

Be careful, Kitty. Don't touch that can. It's the only thing holding up that gigantic chicken liver.

OH NO! TOO LATE! The gigantic chicken liver is going to fall! Look out, Kitty! LOOK OUT!!

WHOOPS!

Sorry, Kitty. I hope I didn't wake you when I dropped the suitcase.

That's right, Kitty. We're going on a little trip. We'll be gone for a while Sorry, Kitty. You're not going with us. You'll have to stay home with Puppy Excerpted from Bad Kitty Vs Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel.

Copyright © 2010 by Nick Bruel.

Published in 2010 by Roaring Brook Press 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 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.


Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing, Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick 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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Bad Kitty Vs Uncle Murray 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
NickieHicks More than 1 year ago
The book Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel is a continuation of the Bad Kitty series. This is a chapter book written for children ages 7 and up. This is the first time I have read any of the Bad Kitty books and I actually really liked this one. In this book the unnamed and unseen human owners are going out of town and promise to bring back a special surprise for Bad Kitty and puppy. The bad kitty and puppy are left under the care of Uncle Murray. Bad Kitty is very concerned when he hears this information and gives Uncle Murray a hard time. The book guides the reader through the crazy adventures of Bad Kitty and puppy, but is broken up by uncle Murray&rsquo;s informational asides about cats and why they act the way they do. Bad Kitty and Uncle Murray do eventually make amends just in time for the owners to return home. This book is absolutely hilarious and a quick easy read. These chapter books have many pictures and are designed to bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books. The author, Nick Bruel, does a good job making it a little easier for children to transition between picture books and chapter books. I understand why children are drawn to these books. This one is funny, entertaining, informational and a joy to read. I definitely recommend this book to young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 6y.o. who started out with original Bad Kitty book. We both love this book and found it to be hilarious. And it has been so much fun for me to read (and re-read) to her. The cast of kitties from "Happy Birthday Bad Kitty" return for guest appearances (we are hoping for a "Strange Kitty" stand alone book).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! It is awesome
Sweetonbooks More than 1 year ago
Uncle Murray comes to take care of Bad Kitty and Puppy while their owners go away. Let the games begin. First of all, Bad Kitty is a touchy little cat. Bad Kitty needs to be handled with care and Uncle Murray is like a bull in a china shop. After some hilarious non-starters, Uncle Murray decides that goofy cat isn't worth it and he leaves. However, responsibility gets the better of him and lucky for us readers, Uncle Murray returns to take care of the animals. An uneasy alliance is formed. When the pets' owners return, Uncle Murray is somewhat catatonic and is mumbling about what nice pets fish make. The best part of the book is the last page when Bad Kitty is introduced to the reason his owners have been gone for a week: the new baby. This reader eagerly awaits the next book that will no doubt pit baby against Kitty. Bruel has created a funny little character in Bad Kitty. Kitty is part drama queen and part neurotic prone to fits of delusions that are sidesplittingly funny. Kids and adults will enjoy reading this book together. Bruel also offers the reader a wealth of information in the form of "Fun Facts". For example, one fun fact section is entitled, "Why are Cats Afraid of Vacuum Cleaners?" In this well illustrated book, there is also a graphic component with comics interspersed throughout. I see reluctant readers of all types eating these books up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We thought this was hilarious!  Bad Kitty is very mean to Uncle Murray when he is petsitting.   Uncle Murray didn't feed the animals for 20 minutes, Bad Kitty was so hungry that she tried to eat the puppy's leg that looked like turkey.  It was also funny when all of the cats from the neighborhood attacked Uncle Murray, one even had a spatula. The end was surprising and made us want to read more.  We recommend this to children and adults who like to laugh at silly animals.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So hilarious
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This book is so great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My mom got this book on my phone :-)
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Good
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My mom let me get this book because I wanted it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it but wat number is this secound third ????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
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