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Review: Bad Kitty Series

on September 19, 2012

This is a series based on the life of a cat that has a bit of an attitude. But honestly, what cat doesn’t have at least a tiny bit of diva running through their agile body. That is why we love them and wouldn’t want them any other way. If we want cuddles on command, we get a dog.

The Bad Kitty series is fairly well known, it is on the New York Times bestseller list. The author, Nick Bruel, has also won several awards for this series and I can understand why. These books are loaded with the shenanigans of this feisty cat while also incorporating feline facts into the story. Your kids are actually learning as well as being thoroughly entertained with the antics of Bad Kitty, Poor Puppy, and Kitty’s friends. This review is simply to bring it into the spotlight for people who may not have heard about it yet.

So far there are seven books in this series.

1. Bad Kitty –

Back Cover Blurb: Kitty is not happy when she’s told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that’s left are     Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill…and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on through Z. Only when tastier tings arrive (an assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake…) does she Apologize to Grandma.

My Thoughts: This was a great way to introduce readers to Bad Kitty’s world. It is quick, easy, guided reading going through the alphabet. My kids giggled all the way through it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

2. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – 

Back Cover Blurb: Bad Kitty is back and is forced to take a bath. this time Kitty is at her worst in a riotous guide filled with bad smell, cautionary tales of horror and, hopefully, some soap.

My Thoughts: If you’ve ever given a cat a bath you know what a labor it can be. Bad Kitty makes the situation worse on everyone involved. Anything that could possibly go wrong, does, and in a hilarious way. Tips of bathing felines are interspersed with the incidents.

Rating: 5 out of 5, because I’ve given cats baths many times in my life. I’m just glad I didn’t have to bathe Bad Kitty.

3. Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty – 

Back Cover Blurb: Bad Kitty’s day starts off with a special alphabetical birthday breakfast that includes aardvark bagels, clam doughnuts, and eel fritters. Before long, Bad Kitty’s party guests arrive, including Chatty Kitty, Strange Kitty, Stinky Kitty, and several other neighborhood pals. But when Bad Kitty discovers that her presents have vanished one by one, things start to get ugly for her guests.

My Thoughts: This is the first book in the series when Bad Kitty’s friends are introduced, and they are as unique as Bad Kitty herself. Again, “Fun Facts” are sprinkled throughout the book that teach kids responsible pet care and inform kids why cats sleep, scratch, and engage in odd behaviors. And, yep, I learned a few things that even I didn’t know.

Rating: 4 out of 5, a great book. The kids loved it, it just didn’t grab my attention like the other books have. This is Super’s favorite of the series.

4. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: Uproar at the Front Door

Back Cover Blurb: Kitty’s owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who’s going to watch them? Good ol’ Uncle Murray. But it isn’t long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigan of epic proportions.

My Thoughts: OMGoodness! Poor, poor Uncle Murray. Bad Kitty almost gives off the impression she is possessed in this book. It was hilarious!

Rating: 5 out of 5, if I could rate this higher, I would. Best one of the series, hands down.

5. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby – 

Back Cover Blurb: Kitty’s owners have brought her a surprise. It’s big, it’s stinky, and it drools, but what the heck is it? Kitty thinks it’s a…dog. ACK! The neighborhood cats are convinced it’s another cat and enter it in the Kitty Olympics. But despite it kitty-like talents, we all know that it’s really…a BABY!

My Thoughts: The thought process Bad Kitty has while trying to determine ‘What the heck that thing is…’ is great. The Pussycat Olympics are narrated by one of the neighborhood cats, which makes it really enjoyable. I hope the baby gives Bad Kitty the grief she deserves.

Rating: 5 out of 5. Go get that Bad Kitty, Baby!

6. A Bad Kitty Christmas – 

Back Cover Blurb: Kitty just won’t behave – not even on Christmas! The cards are crushed, the wrapping paper is ripped, the tree has toppled, and one wacko cat is behind it all. The holiday hustle and bustle is just too much for cranky Kitty – and when she doesn’t get all that she wants, she loses her temper. On the way to Uncle Murray’s, crazy Kitty hops out of the car window and goes on a Christmas caper – creeping around the city while everyone else is sleeping. She meets a new friend and an old friend – and learns the meaning of Christmas (kind of).

My Thoughts: Holy Cow! There’s a Bad Kitty Christmas book!?!?! I’ve got to buy this book!

Rating: N/A, didn’t know about it, haven’t read it, can’t review it.

7. Bad Kitty for President – 

 

Back Cover Blurb: It’s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Club. Once Bad Kitty and Big Kitty figure out what the heck an election is, one kitty will win by a whisker! When the votes are in, the results might surprise you.

My Thoughts: As well as the entertaining antics of Bad Kitty, this book is filled with knowledge about the election process. It even has activities for the kids to try as well as a glossary. You also get to see Bad Kitty smile for the first time, and it’s not a pretty sight.

Rating: 5 out of 5, Yay for teaching kids in an entertaining way!

What’s next in the Bad Kitty series? Bad Kitty School Daze.

I know I’ll be buying that one. How about you?

If there is a book you would like the Clan Kids and I to review let us know. We’d be happy to check it out.

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One response to “Review: Bad Kitty Series

  1. Allison says:

    I love Bad Kitty. I just cataloged one of these books for the library and I laughed pretty hard. Great choice for a review!

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