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Bad Kitty for President (Bad Kitty)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,591 ratings  ·  144 reviews
The votes are in--it's a Bad Kitty landslide!
It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothe...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amelia Bedelia's First Vote by Herman ParishDuck for President by Doreen CroninBad Kitty for President by Nick BruelThe Election Activity Book by Karen BaickerDaffy Duck for President by Chuck Jones
Children's Books About Voting
3rd out of 23 books — 10 voters
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope OsborneThe Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav PilkeyThe Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. AdlerBad Kitty vs Uncle Murray by Nick BruelThe Secrets of Droon Set, Books 1-8 by Tony Abbott
Reluctant Readers - Boys K-3
19th out of 55 books — 8 voters

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Paul  Hankins
The seat of the president of the Neighborhood Cat Club has been occupied by Old Kitty for some time. Now, old and tired (and having served his two allowable terms), a new candidate must rise from the ranks and take the lead. . .


But after some convincing from the narrator, Kitty decides to take on the roll of president. . .but not so fast, Kitty, fancy outfits don't make you the president. There are steps to follow here.

Uncle Murray steps in to explain the primary system. But the primary sys...more
Bad Kitty for President is another of Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty novels. In this, the Neighborhood Cat Club President’s term is up and the position is open. Bad Kitty wishes to make laws about other cats invading the neighborhood so he is convinced by the narrator to run for president. The book goes through primaries, political parties, campaigning, and much more in a fun way. This novel explains a great deal, especially with the “Uncle Murray’s Fun Facts” pages. Realistic kid questions are asked an...more
it is a book about a pointless topic, i don't think this cat has a purpose in life- caroline spaeth
Mary Ann
With trademark humor and mischief, Bruel continues the Bad Kitty series with great kid appeal in this timely installment. The Neighborhood Cat Coalition is set to elect their president and Old Kitty has decided to step down. Annoyed by the stray cats in the neighborhood, Bad Kitty springs into action when she realizes the potential power that can come with elected office. The black-and-white cartoon illustrations draw kids into the story and keep the pacing and humor moving at a good pace. The k...more
Nick Buel's Bad Kitty for President is out just in time for the presidential race this year. Bad Kitty for President includes the steps necessary to become president in easy to understand language and graphic novel format with a character that elementary students are already familiar with and enjoy. The students will enjoy most of the jokes, though many of them target higher-level humor that may appeal to middle school students. Bad Kitty runs for neighborhood president when he decides something...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
After I read this book I realized something about Nick Bruel. He has cleverly written this series of Bad Kitty books so that each one is progressively a bit more difficult to read, starting with picture books, then moving to chapter books, then moving to this one, thereby luring young readers into ever more challenging reads. However, as appealing as Bad Kitty is, I don't think this book will appeal to every fan. The story revolves around Bad Kitty wanting to be president of the Neighborhood Cat...more
I wish I could give this book more stars. I actually would have given it just 2.5 stars if I had been able. I love Bad Kitty - the picture book and especially the first chapter book, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. Unfortunately, none of the other chapter books have been quite as fabulous as that. In fact, it seems as if they get wordier (the Uncle Murray parts) and not as appealing to kids. In fact, I know several children that skip the Uncle Murray lectures. I appreciate the knowledge Uncle Murray is t...more
Bad Kitty explaining the electoral process is a stretch on a good day. When I started reading I actually thought there was potential for this to be an engaging, albeit silly way to teach kids how the presidential election works, but Bruel drops the ball when things get complicated and simply moves on without a real explanation. It is classified as Fiction, but the presentation ( a pseudo-glossary, explanatory spreads) implies that it is offering factual information, making it less fun than other...more
Wow. The Bad Kitty books have been popular at my library for a while--especially with kids who have enjoyed other heavily illustrated chapter books like Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Nate the Great-- and I'm ashamed to say I've only just now read a few. Mistake! They're good. This one has the added benefit of containing one of the clearest explanations of all parts of the US electoral process (for president) that I've ever read. I see it was originally released in summer of 2012-...more
This book is written more for older children than for beginning readers, who are presumably the intended audience. It lays out the complicated process of elections, defining many terms in a glossary in the back of the book. The text explains such concepts as primaries, delegates, caucuses, nominees, debates, PACs, and super-PACs (here called 527 groups). It's a tough slog, without much room left for humor. Duck for President by Doreen Cronin is much more basic and easier to understand.
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (2012)
Genre: Chapter book
Format: book
Plot summary: Kitty decides to run for President of the Neighborhood Cat Association.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Section source used to find the material: In class recommendation
Recommended age: Grades 2-4

with all the election hype, the debates, etc what better time to read this than now - for fellow Bad Kitty followers you will like it.

If I had a choice between Newt G and Bad Kitty - well, we all know who I'd vote for don't we.

This book just wasn't as funny as the other Bad Kitty books. It had potential, but totally fell flat for me.
James Moore
I chose this book as the graphic novel to read. I was surprised at how well it explained elections in a kid friendly way. I'm personally trying to adjust to the new style of books now that are graphic novels, I've always been used to that style being nothing more than comic books, but it seems that kids really enjoy reading them. I was also surprised at how many books of this series there are. I could personally see using a book like this to help a younger child around 3rd or 4th grade get a bas...more
Rachael Quinn
I was really excited when I saw that there as a new Bad Kitty book sitting on the desk in the children's room at work. I love Bad Kitty. A big part of why I love Bad Kitty is that she reminds me so much of my particularly bad kitty at home. Cat owners usually recognize this temperament.

I was kind of disappointed in this book. It wasn't as funny as the previous books. It was, however, very informative. I saw that somebody said this was a pointless topic. What they don't realize is that every elec...more
I just bought this today at the Scholastic Book Fair being held at the K-8 school on campus, and then I read it over lunch. Kind of a waste of money, I guess. But it was for a good cause. Anyway, I digress...

Old Kitty has been President of the Neighborhood Cat Club for 8 years, and due to term limits, it's time to elect a new president. Kitty becomes the nominee for the Right Side of the Street Party, while Big Kitty becomes the nominee for the Left Side of the Street Party. Who will win the ele...more
Jun 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We just love the books in the Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel. They are so funny, with sarcastic and tongue in cheek humor that has our girls begging for more. With its graphic novel format, this book is a very fast read, even at 160 pages, and our girls asked me to read "just one more chapter" over and over until we finished it.

This wasn't an overly funny book, especially compared to some of the other books in this series, but it was filled with election facts and information that is particular...more
Another Bad Kitty book - this time with a focus on presidential elections. It's another chapter book done graphic novel style (though with a bit more text). This is geared towards slightly older kids than the other Bad Kitty books I've read (simply because I'm not sure younger kids wound be able to really understand - or care). I didn't get as much enjoyment from this one as the others (though Kitty's smile definitely cracked me up) because I felt we didn't get as much Kitty time.
Sean Dugan-Strout
As silly as the title may seem, it actually turned out to be a very educational book about how our democratic society operates! The story begins with a cat that must hang up his presidential duties of the neighborhood, where elections are then held to find the next president. Bad Kitty (as his name suggests) eventually becomes determined to claim presidency, but only to get rid of the alley cats he doesn't care for. I found that, although it was a clever idea to have multiple narrators allow the...more
This was a funny story of a cat running for President of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition.

Bad Kitty, and children (of course) learn about campaigning, registering and voting, along with terms and rules of becoming the President.

If you want to teach your children about Democracy and the way U.S.A elections are run, in a non-treating way. This is a great book to read with them. Fast read too.
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel is the newest Bad Kitty book. This series follows Bad Kitty (who is a very bad kitty) and is perfect for kids who are ready to transition from picture to chapter books. This book follows Bad Kitty as he runs for president (of the kitty association) and he learns how the American political system works.

This is a fantastic book full of laughs while also teaching readers about the political system. Bad Kitty's campaign is full of scandals and lies (inferring t...more
William Self
It can be difficult to get my 8 year old daughter reading. She is a fan of The Bad Kitty series. We read this book together which I am glad we did so I could expand on her questions. We read it over several days and I was worried she would lose interest but she kept asking to read just one more chapter. It is a great book to introduce children 7+ to how our democracy works.
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 14, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Sunny
Bad Kitty is running for President!!

Well, not the kind you are thinking of.

He has no interest with running the nation... just the neighborhood.

It's that time of year again! Time to cast our ballots, wear patriotic hats, and kiss a ton of babies.

That's actually how the cats pick their nominees and Bad Kitty wants in on the action!

Actually, she just wants to run the stray cats out of the neighborhood.

My kitties can sympothize. They too hate it when stray kitties walk past thier window!! They both...more
Dawnella Adams
This was my introduction to Bad Kitty & I was impressed! There was a fully developed story line along with some twisted humor. Yet, what surprised me was the factual component: This book would be excellent to read to elementary classes leading up to a presidential election.
Another enjoyable installment of Bad Kitty's misadventures. I still have yet to read one that surpasses Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, though.
Bad Kitty has decided to run for president of the local cat club. As Bad Kitty tries to woo all the other cats, we learn about the stages in the election process. Bad Kitty teaches us some very important lessons, including "every vote counts".

I am a Canadian, so I can't attest to the absolute accuracy of the text, but this seemed like a very good explanation of the American political system. I know this would be a fun way to help students learn about the electoral process.

Bad Kitty is one of th...more
Roger Smitter
I read this because my 8 year old grand daughter is reading it and it's the election season.

Bad Kitty is a funny tale about cats running for president of the cats association in their neighborhood. The story is clever with references to cats on the left (side of the street) and the right. The final ballot provides some good humor about cats.

The book provides opportunities for grown ups to explain our political process. The book recognizes and has some fun with the problems our elections (money,...more
Alexza Beltre
i really like this book because it teach you that no one is perfect. on page 125 when kitty thougth he was going to win, he lost because he left his helper and decided to do it alone. or on page 74 when he made A web site saying that he HAVE TO win. and for no noboby voted for hem as a president. you would like this book if you when bad people get what they deserve just going from bad to worst. one challenge on this book was when everyboby was to heard the last voted, in which kitty thougth he h...more
I've not read any of the longer Bad Kitty books, just the picture books, but I quite enjoyed them. This book, however, seemed much more of an adult book than a children's book--even with the glossary I felt that the vocabulary was well beyond the audience of the series. It also had a very non-fiction feel to it. I would probably buy it for the library, as this is a popular series, and certainly this could be useful for teachers trying to explain the election process--particularly with the presid...more
Vanessa Raley
Bad Kitty.there is old Kitty is so old he dos not like hes food. Someone did to be the now president.
Bad Kitty is got take his place.
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Nick Bruel is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of children's books including Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, and Boing!, among others. Nick 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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