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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