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A Bad Kitty Christmas

A Bad Kitty Christmas
by Nick Bruel

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring…Except for BAD KITTY.” A greedy Bad Kitty didn’t get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. (goodreads.com)

Hands up those of you who remember the time I used to read and blog about the books I read. Hands up. Anyone? Anyone?

Yeah, me neither.

Internet, I am struggling this month. Reading isn’t the only casualty from the struggling, many other things are casualties as well. In fact, my Christmas spirit is pretty much null and void and I don’t even have all of my decorations up. Mother Nature isn’t helping my cause by making this my first ever green Christmas. We don’t have any snow on the ground. There hasn’t been any snow yet this year. Well, there was ONE day in November, but it was only ONE day. Life has been tumultuous enough that my generally festive, whimsical nature has been squashed like a bug. I can’t read. I can’t festive. I can’t blog. It’s just miserable.

Although today was a good kick in the festive pants when I went to pick up a surprise, mystery box at UPS. Imagine my delight when I opened it and saw this:

Bad Kitty was the only Christmassy book in the bunch, but it was enough for me.

I’ll be darned if this book didn’t make me tear up a little and almost have to stop reading it aloud to my husband and dogs.

I kid you not.

Not only is A Bad Kitty Christmas funny, but it’s also very moving at one point and dammit, I choked up and had to take a deep breath before I could continue.

There are THREE alphabets to go through in this picture book. All of them are laugh-out-loudish and Kitty’s expressions are just precious. I love how unimpressed she looks. She reminds us of Unimpressed Annabelly when she was, well, unimpressed. Heh.

Nick Bruel never fails to make me laugh when he tells a Bad Kitty story and this one is no exception. I am almost tempted to not pass this one on to my sister & niece because I loved it so much. I will, though, as I do with all the Bad Kitty books, though I will make my sister promise to give it back to me if she ever does a cleaning out of old books or whatever because I don’t want to lose this one!

If you’re looking for a funny and sweet Christmas story for a child you know (or your own inner child) I would highly recommend that you go out and get yourself a copy of this book! (Yes, Tiny Orange Monkey, this means YOU!) (not to be confused with Sassymonkey, just so you know.)

Side note – I was happy to see that I dressed appropriately to receive this mystery package today. I know I like to coordinate, but this is the first time I have ever coordinated with something I didn’t even know I was going to get!

Merry Christmas my friends! I hope to get more than one book (and a half, since this one shouldn’t really count) read before the end of the year. Maybe Santa will bring me some whimsy and happiness for Christmas!

Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray

Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
by Nick Bruel

I am a completely sucker for any and all of these Bad Kitty books. It’s possible I have even stopped passing them on to my sister and niece. Heh. Ok, so I will be passing this one on as well. I think my sister might appreciate it more though. Whereas Kitty’s first two books were about the alphabet and much more young child-ish, the later ones are in chapter book format, though heavier on the artwork than the words.

In this humourous story, poor Kitty is left all alone with Puppy while her humans go away for a while. The humans do ask Uncle Murray to pet-sit, but no matter what he does, he seems to run into Kitty and scare her, until finally she runs out of the house and he has to track her down.

I will admit, that when I first saw Uncle Murray, I thought he was going to be a deadbeat and cause all the problems, but the dear man just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and Kitty just took out her naturally cranky reactions on him. I felt bad for Uncle Murray quite quickly in the little story.

These books never fail to make me laugh out loud. I love Kitty and her cranky, sceptical face. I cannot wait to see her reaction to what the humans brought home at the end of the book. I am sure there will be yet another test of wills between Kitty and the new arrival. She’s managed to ignore or break in Puppy enough by now, but we’ll see.

Bring on the Bad Kitty books, I say! She’s the best feline star book series I have ever discovered!

 

Bad Kitty books

  1. Bad Kitty (either the original or the Cat-Nipped Edition) – picture book
  2. Poor Puppy – picture book
  3. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – chapter book
  4. Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty – chapter book
  5. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
  6. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby
  7. A Bad Kitty Christmas

Happy Birthday Bad Kitty!

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty
by Nick Bruel

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. (goodreads.com)

This delightful book was a gift from a friend which I regifted to my sister and niece (not in a BAD regifting way, mind, just that I have been buying this series for my niece since the first book, Bad Kitty was discovered by me!)

The birthday edition of the series is yet again in “chapter” format although I’d still say it’s closer to a picture book than a middle grade chapter book. This is certainly a book that you can read out loud to your little ones and laugh along with them (or sometimes alone as you might be the only one to get some of the jokes at the moment).

I love Bad Kitty and her mean-spirited way and grumpy demeanor. Just the way she’s drawn appeals to me and my inner grumpy Cat. You get to meet all of her friends from Stinky Kitty (not to be confused with the skunk from my back yard whom we have named as such), Strange Kitty (he wears a top hat!), and Pretty Kitty. The surprise guest mentioned in the summary made me tear up and recall a Garfield special I watched from the 1980s (I think?) which has a touching reunion scene in a lasagna shop (which always, ALWAYS made me cry!).

I completely enjoy this series of books and so does my sister (and niece, though as she’s almost 4 she doesn’t appreciate them the same way we do – but she will as she grows up with my family’s sense of humour). There are to be two more in the series as well which of course I will pick up to complete the collection.

If you happen to be in the children’s section of your bookstore, I implore you to pick up a copy of any of these books (Bad Kitty, Poor Puppy, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath and this one) and try not to smile while you read them! I’ll bet you even laugh out loud once or twice!

So much fun!

Bad Kitty books

  1. Bad Kitty (either the original or the Cat-Nipped Edition) – picture book
  2. Poor Puppy – picture book
  3. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – chapter book
  4. Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty – chapter book
  5. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
  6. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby
  7. A Bad Kitty Christmas

Bad Kitty: The Cat-Nipped Edition

Bad Kitty Bad Kitty: The Cat-Nipped Edition
by Nick Bruel

While I was on vacation in New Brunswick earlier this week I found this little gem in the children’s section of an independent bookstore (they still MAKE those??). This book is not only educational (lots of alphabetical lists) it is HILARIOUS and the art is amusing. My first instinct was to buy it for myself (ha) but then I thought maybe my sister would like this for her little girl (she’s only 1 so it would be read to her). However, the publisher wanted $22 Canadian for it, but only $16 US. Heck no! I shouted – so I looked it up on amazon.ca when I returned to my cousin’s house and ended up buying it for $15 and free shipping. HA!

Unfortunately, my vacation was cut short due to my lack of health and I returned home on Wednesday and there in the mailbox was my book (quick like a bunny since I only bought it Tuesday afternoon!). I read it to my husband, I read it to my parents when they came over to drop off some stuff and I sent them away with the book since they were going to see my sister before I ever will.

So, Kitty wasn’t always a bad kitty. He used to be a good kitty, but then his humans ran out of kitty food and only had a bunch of HEALTHY things (listed in an alphabetical manner) and so Kitty became a Bad Kitty and did all sorts of amusing and alphabetical things (like Destroy this book). The drawings make you laugh, the antics of the kitty make you laugh and it’s just a really terrific book for kids – to be read at bed time, or for older kids to learn to read (and learn about healthy foods – what the heck is a xigua??? Oh! Chinese for watermelon!) .

There is apparently a “sequel” called Poor Puppy, but the reviews said it wasn’t nearly as humourous or intelligent, so until I can see it for myself and read it and look at it, I wasn’t about to buy it.

Hopefully my sister will like this book. I think she’ll appreciate the humour because we often have similar taste in funny, even if we don’t have anything else in common at all. 🙂

Bad Kitty books

  1. Bad Kitty (either the original or the Cat-Nipped Edition) – picture book
  2. Poor Puppy – picture book
  3. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – chapter book
  4. Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty – chapter book
  5. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray (Hardcover – August 2010)