Bad Kitty for President

Bad Kitty for President

by Nick Bruel


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Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel

Learning about elections has never been more fun! Now with election themed stickers.

It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Club! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.

This revised edition of Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel features a sheet of stickers and some updated backmatter. It's the perfect way to teach kids about the election process in the United States in a fun way.

Praise for Bad Kitty for President:

"From primaries to debate skills, from the impact of the media to voter registration, Bruel walks young readers through all the steps in the U.S. election process." -Booklist

“While there is no doubt that Bad Kitty for President will provide some good-old page-turning enjoyment, readers should come away with some election knowledge to boot.” -School Library Journal

“With their trademark wit, Bruel and his bad Kitty are back.” -Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596436695
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Bad Kitty Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 791,869
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of, among other books, Bad Kitty, Poor Puppy, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray, and Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Tarrytown, New York.

Reading Group Guide

Bad Kitty For President: Word Scramble!

Bad Kitty is at it again! Help her and Poor Puppy un-scramble the words listed below before the ballots close for good!











Word Box











Bad Kitty for President: Writing Exercise!

Every candidate needs a good writing team! Become a part of Bad Kitty's campaign by helping her write a speech to read at the next Neighborhood Cat Coalition.

In the box below, outline your ideas, and then, on a separate sheet, use these points to write your final speech. And remember, no empty promises, Kitty!


Main Argument:


Bad Kitty for President: Where is Bad Kitty Campaigning?

Help! We've got to find Kitty's campaign trail! Use the clues below to locate the states Kitty has visited, and where she will be going to next.


1. This Midwestern state is known for its cheese and cooooooold winters. Go Packers Go!

2. This state is known for its aloha spirit and delicious pineapples! Aloha!

3. This state is known for its loyal sports fans and historic Freedom Trail. It's the Bay State!

4. This "sunny" state is known for its yummy oranges, fun theme parks, and boggy Everglades.

5. This state shares a border with Canada and is part of the Great Plains region. It is located just north of another state with a similar name!

6. This Northeast state is home to the busiest, most populated city in the US––the state and the city have the same name!

7. This Pacific state is known for the historic Gold Rush. It is also home to Tinsel Town and some of the best surfing!

8. Commonly known as the Lone Star state, it is home to the Alamo!

9. Located in the west, this state is home to some of the best skiing and hiking trails in our country. It's home to the Rocky Mountains!

10. This Northwest state is the only state to be named after a president.

Bad Kitty for President: Host Your Own Mock Election!

Curious how the Neighborhood Cat Coalition keeps their checks and balances?

Host your own mock election at school or home today. Here's all the stuff you'll need for a smooth-sailing election. Just don't let Bad Kitty into the ballot box!

Official Petitions

Have a school or community official encourage students to participate in the election by signing up as candidates for specific positions.

Campaign Speeches

Whether you are running for class president or student council member, it is always a great idea to hold an assembly where all of the candidates talk about their platform and ideas. They should discuss issues that might have an effect on the student experience.

Election Ballot

Have everyone who is interested in the election cast their vote individually and privately. Create a box with a small slit for the ballots. The ballots could look like this:

I give my vote to:

My Write In Candidate is:


Tallying Ballots

Once the voting has closed, assign a group of students to count all of the votes. Use a chalkboard, a white board, or even a computer chart to make sure every vote is counted, and every voice is heard. Once all of the votes have been counted, you can announce the winner!

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Bad Kitty for President 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious and I would have read this to my son when he was 8 (he's an adult now, and I would add, an informed and educated adult who keeps up on topical information). This satire of the political process can help explain all the ridiculous rhetoric all of us, children included, face every political season. The glossary of political terms at the back is quite informative to help educate kids. Our society uses expletives (%#%$) to denote "colorful language" in our text -- wouldn't you rather your children understand that, than be ignorant of it? And let's face it, we all know an Uncle Murray!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooooooooooo good i love these books omg!!! People please these are the best books ever!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tis book is pretty good once you read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books and i think that everong should read them......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book I want to read it over and over again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is very funny
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was the least funny Bad Kitty book we have read. We love all the others we have read. It was entertaining but kind of boring.
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My 6 yo loves the Bad Kitty books. He just laughs and laughs when we read them, and they have helped encourage him to start reading chapter books on his own. However, this one lost his interest. I think if he was older and had an idea of how an election works he would have enjoyed it, but he knows very little about politics and is not interested in learning. When you have to explain the ideas, the jokes aren't funny and he didn't really want to hear the explanations. We'll stick to the others which are great!
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Can't even open it. Big disappointment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not impressed at all! It doesn't even deserve the 1 star I was forced to give! Sarcastic, sassy & rude and also has bleeped out foul language. example: "What the %#@$ is that?" This is nothing that kids need help with today. I understand the world is not all rosey and nice but this isn't helping it ethier.  There are many  other kids books out there that don't use any of this nonsense.
irisheyes412 More than 1 year ago
Disappointed in the choice of words, story content, and illustrations.  The story content was not funny.   Uncle Murray is scary looking not funny with his comments that he makes. We really enjoyed Bad Kitty Takes a Bath.  We ordered the rest of the Bad Kitty books on the nook and are very disappointed.  We would  recommend give Bad Kitty Takes a Bath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed with a few of the authors selection of words... or lack there of. My eight year old daughter pointed out at least two pages that contain bleeped out foul language indicators.... for instance page 86 contains the following; "What the %#%$ is that?" If this is meant to be the word "heck" then spell it out... let's not leave this kind of thing for kids to fill in the blank. I know that kids hear all sorts of foul language today, but I don't think they should have to read it in a children's book. I don't feel that a children's book is the right place to have this kind of stuff.