|Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle Murray
|What You Need to Know:
• Bad Kitty is an entirely unique and funny series of books.
• These books, in early chapter book format, are heavily illustrated, with lots of science facts (mostly
pertaining to cats).
• Kitty is hysterical! The content is sometimes comically graphic in nature. For example, there is a step by step guide
to how hairballs are formed!
• Check out Bruel's kid-friendly website .
|Sweet Series Background:
Bad Kitty is one funny cat. Bad Kitty is the brainchild of one funny author, Nick Bruel. I am not sure if these books are an ode to cats or if this is fun stuff for cat loathers. Either way, kids will enjoy these funny books about the life of a cat - exaggerated, of course. Why are cats so afraid of baths? Bad Kitty Takes a Bath attempts to explain why. Why are cats so afraid of strangers? Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray attempts to explain this. The illustrations are laugh-out-loud.
|Sweet Book Summary:
Uncle Murray comes to take care of Bad Kitty and Puppy while their owners go away. Let the games begin. First of all, Bad Kitty is a touchy little cat. Bad Kitty needs to be handled with care and Uncle Murray is like a bull in a china shop. After some hilarious non-starters, Uncle Murray decides that goofy cat isn't worth it and he leaves. However, responsibility gets the better of him and lucky for us readers, Uncle Murray returns to take care of the animals. An uneasy alliance is formed. When the pets' owners return, Uncle Murray is somewhat catatonic and is mumbling about what nice pets fish make. The best part of the book is the last page when Bad Kitty is introduced to the reason his owners have been gone for a week: the new baby. This reader eagerly awaits the next book that will no doubt pit baby against Kitty.
Bruel has created a funny little character in Bad Kitty. Kitty is part drama queen and part neurotic prone to fits of delusions that are sidesplittingly funny. Kids and adults will enjoy reading this book together. Bruel also offers the reader a wealth of information in the form of "Fun Facts". For example, one fun fact section is entitled, "Why are Cats Afraid of Vacuum Cleaners?" In this well illustrated book, there is also a graphic component with comics interspersed throughout. I see reluctant readers of all types eating these books up.
|Author: Nick Bruel Illustrator: Nick Bruel Published: 2011, 160 pages
Themes: Humor, Animals, Adventure, Books for Boys
|Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Do you have a pet? What kind? If not, what kind would you like to own?
• Can you ever tell what your pet is thinking about?
• What are some of the things you think your pet might think about?
• Do you like cats? Why/Why not? What pet would you prefer instead?
• Can you think of a book idea, similar to Bad Kitty, with your pet or a friend's pet in the starring role? What would it
|This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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