Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

by Nick Bruel

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312629021
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Series: Bad Kitty Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 55,987
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About 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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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?


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.

Reading Group Guide


Word Scrambler

Directions: Unscramble the words on the left to make words you might read in the Bad Kitty books.

1. TELITR OXB_______________________________

2. URF LBAL_________________________________

3. CUELN RMYRUA___________________________

4. DBA YTITK________________________________

5. PPYPU_____________________________________

6. NTASREG KTYIT____________________________

7. HBTA_____________________________________

8. THYCTA TTKIY____________________________

9. OEMW_____________________________________

10. YAPHP DBRIYTAH__________________________

Drawing Activity

The neighborhood cats are on their way over with presents for Kitty. What will you bring her? Draw your present here so you can celebrate Kitty's birthday too!

Fill in the Words

Directions: Fill in the appropriate kind of words in the passage below from Bad Kitty Gets a Bath.

Be prepared. The first lesson that all cat owners must

____________ (VERB) is that CATS____________ (VERB) BATHS.

For your own safety, please repeat this to yourself ____________ (NUMBER) times. It's not that cats don't like baths. It's not that cats have a ____________ (ADJECTIVE)

relationship with baths. It's not that cats chose not to vote for baths in the last election. It's not that cats would rather choose ____________ (NOUN) over baths. It's not that cats neglect to send baths a card on their birthdays. It's not that cats pick baths last when they ____________ (VERB) sides for a kickball game. It's not that cats think about baths in the same way as ____________ (NOUN)

thinks about dogs. It's not that cats once thought baths are an awesome present that cost ____________ (amount) dollars, and then baths didn't have the decency to say "thank you".

It's simply that CATS HATE BATHS!!

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Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JTomCooper More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really funny!!!!!!
rmg1106 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because it makes you laugh. This is my favorite of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Murphys-Kitchen More than 1 year ago
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.
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allawishus on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a mildly cute, easy-to-read chapter book. Lots of illustrations throughout drive the story - that of a bad kitty having a birthday party. All his kitty friends are described, as well as their presents, the cake, the decorations, etc. I liked the other Bad Kitty books well enough, and this was pretty funny, but nothing to write home about. Good for younger kids who might be too young for the Wimpy Kid series.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a strange book to have ended up in the graphic novels category for the Cybils nominations as I wouldn't really, at first, have considered it a graphic novel. There are no frames or bubbles and the whole story is told by a narrator. However, the book is heavily graphically dependant and without the graphics there are many parts of the story that wouldn't make sense. Hence, I realistically (though grudgingly) can see its place as a graphic novel. I didn't like this book. It's Bad Kitty's birthday. He's so lazy he can't be bothered until he hears there are presents and cake. He has one thing he wants, a $600 super cat scratcher. Each unique guest arrives (the stinky kitty, the pretty kitty, etc.) bringing an appropriate gift but of course no $600 super cat scratcher. It's a lot of pages for a very simplistic plot, but then it's very full of illustrations. Spread through out the book are real life factual spreads about cats which seem to just pop up and while related to the story going on feel like a teacher stepped onto the scene and is giving a little lesson. I won't continue as it's not my practice to only make negative comments. Not recommended.
phh333 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Silly, picture driven story about a cat and his birthday party.
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i loved it so much that i read it in one day!
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Smeegle More than 1 year ago
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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Phredman101 More than 1 year ago
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. : (