Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

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It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and you're invited! Bad Kitty's second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information — and even some suspense! Who took Kitty's presents? Why are Kitty's friends so bizzare? Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty's feline mood swings, and they'll be touched by the heartwarming visit from a surprise guest.

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Overview

It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and you're invited! Bad Kitty's second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information — and even some suspense! Who took Kitty's presents? Why are Kitty's friends so bizzare? Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty's feline mood swings, and they'll be touched by the heartwarming visit from a surprise guest.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the second early chapter book starring this perennial sourpuss, Bad Kitty's day starts off with a special alphabetical “Birthday Breakfast” that includes Aardvark Bagels, Clam Doughnuts and Eel Fritters. Each chapter focuses on a different part of the day's festivities (Bad Kitty is excited about the prospect of presents, but less so about looking through an old photo album and decorating the house). Eventually, some aptly named guests such as Strange Kitty, Chatty Kitty and Stinky Kitty arrive, and the story becomes a whodunit when Bad Kitty's presents vanish and the prime suspect ends up being the lovable slow-wit, Puppy. The appearance of Bad Kitty's Mama, who sports a pearl necklace and a vacuous expression, offers—briefly—a softer side of the feline. Bruel has fun with the format, using footnotes, different font sizes, comedic/informative interludes about cat behavior (“Uncle Murray's Fun Facts”) and lengthy side stories that take place in corner panels to add to the story's freewheeling atmosphere. But as usual, it's Bad Kitty's unapologetic, curmudgeon nature that delivers the laugh-out-loud funny. Ages 7–10. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Bad Kitty is back for another adventure, and children who have met this cantankerous feline in her previous outings know that a typical birthday celebration just won't do. Kitty "helps" with the decorations, "welcomes" the guests, and gets the best gift of all in a surprise visitor at the disastrous party's end. Bruel's fast-paced humor is just right for the beginning chapter book set, and the interplay of the text with the comic black-and-white illustrations ratchets up the zaniness level. "Uncle Murray's Fun Facts" sections sprinkled throughout offer facts about why cats sleep, scratch, and engage in odd behaviors, and an appendix tells more about each of the breeds represented by Bad Kitty's party guests. A frenzied fusion of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of appeal for young readers.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Bad Kitty is back; and, just like every morning, she doesn't want to get out of bed. Today, however, is a special day: Bad Kitty's birthday! After a special alphabetical breakfast made of everything from Aardvark Bagels to Yak Zabaglione, Bad Kitty "helps out" with the decorations (i.e., destroys them). She picks out what she really wants from the Cat-alog of Cat Toys just before the guests start to arrive. She unwraps their . . . questionable gifts, which promptly vanish. Who is stealing them? Bad Kitty's human gives her a truly hideous gift, and Bad Kitty has a major freakout until a special guest calms her down. Then Poor Puppy gives Kitty his homemade present, and it's time for bed. Bruel's follow-up to Bad Kitty Takes a Bath (2008) is nearly as much fun. Uncle Murray returns with his real facts about cats, and an appendix offers information on the breeds of each of the guests. The frenetic black-and-white illustrations are just plain hysterical, and the translations of Siamese Chatty Kitty's blathering is a stitch. Fun for all, especially fans. (Fiction. 7-10)
From the Publisher
“It's Bad Kitty's unapologetic, curmudgeon nature that delivers the laugh-out-loud funny.” —Publishers Weekly

“Just plain hysterical. . . . Fun for all, especially fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] mix of wry story and high-impact cartoon-style art.”—Booklist

“Bad Kitty is back for another adventure, and children who have met this cantankerous feline in her previous outings know that a typical birthday celebration just won’t do. . . . Bruel’s fast-paced humor is just right for the beginning chapter book set, and the interplay of the text with the comic black-and-white illustrations ratchets up the zaniness level. . . . A frenzied fusion of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of appeal for young readers.” —School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312629021
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Series: Bad Kitty Series
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 72,549
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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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CHAPTER ONE

GOOD MORNING, KITTY!

GOOD MORNING, KITTY!

Today is going to be a great day! The sun is shining! The birds are singing! Flowers are blooming everywhere with all the colors of the rainbow!

You know what today is, don’t you, Kitty? Today is a very special day! Today is the kind of day that only comes once a year! Today is the kind of day that you celebrate ALL day long! Today is the kind of day that deserves a BIG, FUN PARTY!

Now, do you know what today is?

TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!

And that means we start your very special day with a very special BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST!

We made all of your favorites . . .

Aardvark Bagels, Clam Doughnuts, Eel Fritters, Grilled Hummingbirds, Iguana Jelly, Koala Lemonade, Mongoose and Nuts, Orangutan Pancakes, Quetzal Raisin bread, Snake Tortillas, Unicorn and Vegetable juice, Walrus in XO sauce, and for dessert a Yak Zabaglione!

Excerpted from Happy Birthday Bsd Kitty by Nick Bruel.

Copyright 2009 by Nick Bruel.

Published in September 2009 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    1st Grade Perspective

    It was the best book I ever read. It was funny and hilarious. It almost made me cry it was so hilarious. The cover was funny.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    My daughter finished this book the same day!

    We gave this to my 8 year old daugther on her birthday. She finished it the same day, laughing out loud with how funny it was. Now this is amazing, as she does not enjoy reading and really struggles! I was so happy to see her enjoy reading, and happy to report that she has read this book three more times since her birthday.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    The Worst kitty in the world has a wild birthday party

    This book is not just funny, it's hilarious! Kitty is having a birthday, but seems unimpressed. His guests arrive and each has a present for him. The cats who attend are unique. There is Big Kitty, Twin Kitties, Stinky Kitty and several others. There is also a goofy-looking dog. As presents are placed on the table, they begin to disappear. Kitty wants to know who stole his presents, but none of his guests appear to be the culprit. Finally, the real present-snatcher is revealed. The art work is superb and funny and the story line is one that any child would enjoy. It is an easy read, even for relatively young children. The author and the artist have captured the essence of what a bad kitty is and how he would behave under these circumstances. I recommend it highly for children up to age 12 or 13, though adults with cats can also enjoy the humorous story line and art work.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Loved it

    Really funny!!!!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    recommend

    I enjoyed this book because it makes you laugh. This is my favorite of the series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    This is not for a Samsung Galaxy Tablet - Do not pick it

    I made the horrible mistake of purchasing this eBook via my nook app on my Samsung Galaxy tablet and much to my surprise it did not work. I tried to open it and after several attemps and much frustration, we went to our local Barnel & Noble store and took the tablet in with us for customer assistance. After two associates looked at the tablet and made attempts themselves, they were also unable to open the eBook. I purchased the paperback version of this book and my daughter is now happy. As for me, I will probably not buy anymore eBooks through this app. : (

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    LOL

    This book HAS to be the funniest book I'v ever read!
    P.S. Go on Youtube and search "how animals eat their food" Its almost as funny as the Bad Kitty books

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    Great gift idea

    I not only bought this book for my son, but also bought this as a birthday present. Kids seem to love all of the Bad Kitty books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    My granddaughter started reading the Bad Kitty books when she wa

    My granddaughter started reading the Bad Kitty books when she was six and now that she is 8, she still enjoys them.  She says that they are funny and make her laugh.  Any book that inspires a child to read for pleasure is a winner to me.  She loves them.  We have both hard copies and Nook copies.  She like reading both versions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Doesn't work. Waste of money!

    I wish I had bothered reading the review. Ridiculous!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Doesnt work

    I love bad kitty but that book wont open. Super annoying. You are taking a risk if you buy it. Total waste of money.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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