Naughty Kitty!


NAUGHTY KITTY is the cute, cuddly, and funny follow-up title to Adam Stower's SILLY DOGGY!

When Lily is finally allowed to have her very own kitten, strange things are afoot. Lily's brand new, teeny-tiny Kitty shouldn't be any trouble at all, but as soon as Lily leaves Kitty alone, hilarious hijinks are always around the corner.

Kitty ruins the kitchen, Kitty ruins the den. And we won't talk about what Kitty ...

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NAUGHTY KITTY is the cute, cuddly, and funny follow-up title to Adam Stower's SILLY DOGGY!

When Lily is finally allowed to have her very own kitten, strange things are afoot. Lily's brand new, teeny-tiny Kitty shouldn't be any trouble at all, but as soon as Lily leaves Kitty alone, hilarious hijinks are always around the corner.

Kitty ruins the kitchen, Kitty ruins the den. And we won't talk about what Kitty did to the rug. (Ugg!) Could it be that someone or something else is to blame for Kitty's wild behavior?

A loveable story that will have kids laughing out loud, NAUGHTY KITTY is a classic tale of mistaken cat-tastophies that makes for a roaringly purr-fect read.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Animal-loving Lily returns in this rambunctious follow-up to 2012’s Silly Doggy!, in which she mistook an escaped bear for a much-wanted dog. This story also involves a zoo escapee—a tiger—but Stower doesn’t rehash the plot: Lily is oblivious to the animal’s presence. As she leaves her new pet Kitty alone to eat, readers see an enormous tiger skulking in through the kitchen door. The animal raids the fridge and makes a colossal mess while Kitty looks on in alarm. Charm and humor radiate from Stower’s full-page and spot art, revealing the tiger just out of Lily’s sight while she chastises Kitty for a string of debacles. “I still don’t know how you stole all my sausages!” complains Lily in one scene, wagging her finger at Kitty with one hand while inadvertently feeding the slavering tiger behind her back with the other. The author executes the reader-knows-more-than-protagonist conceit with style, and Lily’s failure to notice that her backyard is filled with even more zoo runaways offers a hint of misadventures still to come. Ages 3–5. (June)
Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
In this appealing picture book, Adam Stower engages readers with the peculiarities of kitty’s bad behaviors. Since Lily’s mom would not allow her to get a dog because they were too smelly, too messy, and too much trouble, they decided to get Kitty—a sweet, little gray kitten that brings Lily lots of joy. As Lily plays, hugs, and feeds Kitty she agrees with mom that he is really no trouble at all. But as soon as Lily leaves Kitty alone, catastrophes start happening. A small bowl of food that Kitty is eating becomes a kitchen nightmare. Splattered food, overflowing sink, broken dishes, and so much more…what has Kitty done! When Lily puts Kitty in his bed, more trouble ensues. The cushions are torn and the drapes are shredded. Again, Kitty is taking all the blame for making a mess. Lily begins to get angry. But is it really Kitty’s fault? The colorful illustrations soar off the pages. Anyone who has been blamed for something they did not do will enjoy this story. This is a good book for emerging readers as well as the experienced storyteller. Be sure to read the inside cover, front and back, to learn more about the truth. This book will have children rooting out loud for Kitty and pointing out who is behind all these messes! Reviewer: Denise Hartzler; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this follow-up to Silly Doggy (Orchard, 2011), Lily's mom gives her skeptical daughter a fluffy little kitten instead of a long-hoped-for pooch. The child admonishes her new pet to behave and not make a mess, but each time she leaves kitty alone, she discovers chaotic mayhem upon her return. What Lily doesn't know but readers can clearly see is that the havoc is being wreaked by a huge tiger that hides whenever Lily comes near (the endpapers alert them to his escape from the zoo). The commotion appears to abate when the tiger follows a neighbor's dog, sporting a tiger-striped sweater. The book ends with a promise of more misadventures as a zoofull of animals cavorts, unbeknownst to Lily, in her backyard. The cartoon watercolor-and-ink illustrations use a combination of spreads and small vignettes to capture both the disasters caused by the tiger and the tenderness of Lily's acceptance of her kitten. Children will enjoy the jokes and spotting the tiger lurking, while adults will appreciate the goofy endpaper news items that reveal more about the story beyond its ending.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Is Lily's soft, tiny kitty wreaking havoc, or might there be an escaped tiger lurking about?Lily's mother finds dogs messy and troublesome, but she's happy to get a kitten. The small, wide-eyed fluffball flops backward for Lily to tickle his tummy, the very picture of innocence. But within moments of his arrival, the house is "a catastrophe." The refrigerator shelves are broken, silverware drawers teeter precariously, and the kitchen's covered in broken eggs and gnawed meat. "Naughty Kitty!" says Lily, but readers know better. Way back on the opening endpaper, a newspaper headline trumpets, "WILD ANIMAL LOOSE." Details? "It was spotted this morning….‘ It was NOT spotted,' claims Miss Norah Muffin….‘ It was most definitely striped.' " Those stripes appear near Lily's garden gate and under the kitchen window. The tiger sneaks in and out, wrecking the house under Lily's nose but behind her back, stealing a sausage right from her fork while she eyes the kitten, providing readers the uproarious delight of understanding the situation while Lily doesn't. Emotionally counterbalancing the destruction, Stower's illustrations feature pleasant colors with mild, watery shadings and steady outlines; Lily has round cheeks, and even the tiger's stripes aren't too dramatically dark. Two surprises keep giggles coming—and don't skip the closing endpaper. Funny enough to create sincere longings for a hapless house cat and its large rampaging cousin. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545576048
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 375,289
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Stower has illustrated many books for children. He studied illustration at the Norwich School of Art and Design and at the University of Brighton. He lives with his daughter in Brighton, England. You can visit him at
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