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PUPPY GETS HIS OWN BOOK. Kitty's best friend stars in this zany companion to the best selling BAD KITTY.

Poor, poor Puppy: Kitty isn't interested in playing, so all puppy's left with are: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars, 4 Dolls... and 22 other toys. When he's done, Puppy's so tired, he takes a nap—and dreams of playing apple bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, Dodgeball in Denmark... and 22 other games. Who else but Nick Bruel could combine the alphabet, ...

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Overview

PUPPY GETS HIS OWN BOOK. Kitty's best friend stars in this zany companion to the best selling BAD KITTY.

Poor, poor Puppy: Kitty isn't interested in playing, so all puppy's left with are: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars, 4 Dolls... and 22 other toys. When he's done, Puppy's so tired, he takes a nap—and dreams of playing apple bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, Dodgeball in Denmark... and 22 other games. Who else but Nick Bruel could combine the alphabet, a counting game, a whirlwind geography course, and a screamingly funny story... all in 40 pages?

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Nick Bruel’s Poor Puppy has been selected as a 2008 Colorado Children’s Choice Nominee
Publishers Weekly

The scrawny, supercilious feline from Bad Kittyis back and-quel surprise!-has no interest in playing with guileless, gangly Puppy, who appeared at the end of that title and takes center stage here. "Poor Puppy," Bruel writes. "Poor, poor Puppy. Poor, poor, poor, poor, poor Puppy!" The book then becomes a counting/alphabet book to demonstrate that Puppy isn't really poor-in fact he has many playthings at his disposal: "1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars" and so on. But Puppy still wants to play with Kitty, and as he falls asleep, the book takes another trip through the alphabet-and through the world-as Puppy dreams of 26 fun activities and locales he'd like to share with his "best friend" Kitty: "Apple Bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada," etc. Unfortunately, Bruel's usually sharp sense of humor is not as evident in this sequel. The alphabet-driven catalogues of Bad Kittywere funny because they pushed the boundaries of probability when it came to Kitty's sociopathic tendencies, her favorite foods and her equally hyperbolic acts of redemption. But despite Bruel's colorful visual treatment of the physical activity here, the vignettes often feel inert. Even the wittiest moments-such as Puppy and Kitty playing Patty-cake in Peru-may generate fewer laughs than Kitty's previous comedic nefariousness. Bad Kitty fans will want to take note of a new "cat-nipped" edition of that title (with a pair of large bite marks, courtesy of Kitty), due out the same month. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)

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When Puppy’s best friend Kitty does not want to play with him, he finds other toys, numbering one to twenty-six, and going down the alphabet from 1 airplane to 26 zoo animals, to play with, and he makes a mess with them all. After the fun, Puppy is so tired that he takes a nap. This time, his dreams take him on a round-the-world alphabet trip with Kitty, playing apple-bobbing in Antarctica through netball in the Netherlands to Zimbabwe, where they run “zig-zags with a zebra, a zebu, and a zorilla!” When Puppy finally wakes up, he is happy because now Kitty wants to play too. From the mischievous, mess-making pair on the jacket we are shown a wild chase, until the alphabet adventures begin in four or six mini-scenes per page spread. We are then treated to two wild travel dreams per page. Cartoon-like paintings depict recognizable objects while offering a multitude of inventive ways the characters get messily involved in comic situations. The final page seems to promise more adventures to come. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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The cat from Bruel's Bad Kitty (Roaring Brook, 2005) plays an important supporting role to a puppy in this counting and alphabet book. When the feline doesn't want to play with the energetic pup, he opts to entertain himself with an assortment of toys. The curious little fellow explores one airplane, two balls, three cars, four dolls, etc. Each number corresponds with objects chosen to match the numerical order of the letters of the alphabet, all set within cartoon-style panels ablaze with color. As the cat keeps an eye on what the dog is up to, it sometimes unintentionally winds up as part of the action. When puppy wears out from counting through the alphabet and beds down for nap, his dream transports him on an alphabetical trip around the world. He plays baseball in Brazil, quoits in Qatar, and yodels in Yemen. Teachers will find many curricular uses for this lively, multifaceted romp.
—Lynn K. VancaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Bruel brings back Bad Kitty and her "present" (Puppy) from Bad Kitty (2005). Poor Puppy-"Poor, poor Puppy. Poor, poor, poor, poor, POOR Puppy!"-his best friend Kitty won't play with him, so he goes in search of toys to keep him occupied. He finds an ever-increasing number of items (in alphabetical order) from one Airplane to 26 Zoo animals. Kitty only becomes interested when he finds her Old cat toys under the couch. She spends the remainder of the alphabet trying to get her squeaky mouse away from him. After all that play, Puppy's tuckered out. He goes to sleep and dreams his way through the alphabet again, and across the globe. He dreams of Apple-bobbing in Antarctica to Zig-zagging in Zimbabwe-all with Kitty, of course. Back-to-back runs through the alphabet have never been so much fun, and the pictures are all jammed with things to count. Just as clever, energetic and full of attitude as the first. (Picture book. 3-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596432703
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Bad Kitty Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.35 (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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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Made me smile

    I am a cat owner who got this book for my 2 year old granddaughter who loves dogs. We both enjoyed the book, but I think I liked it even more than she did!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Poor Puppy knows how to have fun!

    Those who have read Bad Kitty have to read Poor Puppy. Like Bad Kitty is teaches kids the alphabet but this time introduces them to numbers to. The illustrations are hilarious especially after puppy finds the forgotten cat toys under the couch. Kitty follows him around because there is one toy that kitty wants and puppy has it.
    When puppy gets tired he takes a nap, with the cat toy! When he naps he dreams, and not just about anything, he dreams of playing with kitty. Like 'kickball in Kenya' and 'jump rope in Japan'.
    This book is great and definite must have.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Outstanding Book!

    This book is a real eye catcher! It keeps the child interested while focusing on counting and the alphabet. My four year old just loves it and wants me to re-read it a million times!

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