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Bad Kitty for President (Bad Kitty)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,522 Ratings  ·  179 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
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
Oct 28, 2012 Theresa rated it liked it
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
Melissa Wehunt
Nov 13, 2014 Melissa Wehunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it...I actually lol'd several times. Quick and fun and educational...glad my previous recommendations turned out to be right on. :) Oh, and loved the illustrations!
it is a book about a pointless topic, i don't think this cat has a purpose in life- caroline spaeth
Mary Ann
May 09, 2012 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd, humor, 4th, cats, 5th
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
Feb 11, 2012 Glenajo rated it liked it
Shelves: children
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
Mar 07, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
Old kitty is not going to be president anymore. Bad kitty wants to be president. He makes commercials to pretend he was good. Uncle Murray published them. Bad kitty forgot to vote. Everyone else got one vote. They voted for themselves but the twin kitty's voted for each other. They decided to let Strange kitty be the president.
May 15, 2016 Kyky rated it it was amazing
This book is very funny. I like that Kitty had her usual grumpy, spitty fit. The introduction was funny. This story is probably one of the funniest stories I have ever read. I read it like 3 or 4 times. It is a good book.
Apr 23, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: intermediate
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
Sep 09, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was ok
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
Nov 19, 2015 Cassie rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, humor
I suppose this is one way to introduce young children to the political process. Bad Kitty is pretty savvy with the attack ads.
Anna Wilson
Mar 29, 2016 Anna Wilson rated it it was amazing
Title: Bad Kitty for President
Author: Nick Bruel
Illustrator: (if different than author)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Theme(s): election, being fair, losing
Opening line/sentence:” This is Old Kitty.”
Brief Book Summary:
This book is about Bad Kitty wanting to run for resident of the Neighborhood Cat Club. He is annoyed with all of the stray cats coming into his neighborhood so he wants to take a stand against them. However, Bad Kitty does not run a proper campaign. This book goes through the whole election
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
Sep 12, 2012 Judy rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 18, 2013 Jacoba rated it liked it
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

William Self
Sep 30, 2014 William Self rated it really liked it
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.
Becky B
The President of the Neighborhood Cat Club's 2nd term is about to be over so a new kitty president needs to be elected. Bad Kitty is chosen to run, and in the process learns a bit about the US electoral process.

Shh! Don't tell anyone but...this Bad Kitty story is actually quite educational. Shocking, I know. It's actually a very good introduction to the electoral process in the United States and readers might actually learn something along with Bad Kitty. Of course, there's a funny story in ther
Jan 06, 2015 Tyler rated it liked it
This book is called Bad kitty for president. ThE AUTHOR NICK BRUEL. The genre is a fantasy book and has 142 pages. There are alot of characters but the main one is Big Kitty witch stand for bk and Bad kitty wich people just calls him kitty. It's about a neighborhood cat club. Old kitty is the president but some else has to be president. Kitty wants to change some things but hehas to be elected first. The challenge for the people to pick a president they have to kiss a baby. Bad kitty and Big kit ...more
Lauren Rhodes
May 07, 2015 Lauren Rhodes rated it liked it
Shelves: family, animals, fun
Literature Requirement Children Series
Old Kitty is getting ready to leave office as president of the Neighborhood Cat Club but who should be elected next? The big race is between Bad Kitty, Big Kitty or Strange Kitty. Who will win the race and become the president of the Neighborhood Cat Club. This book follows the campaign trail of Bad Kitty and the do's and don'ts of voting and making sure voters know what your stance is and why they should vote for you. Hilarity ensues when Bad Kitty desperat
Feb 11, 2012 Janeene rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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.

Feb 24, 2012 Beth rated it it was ok
This book just wasn't as funny as the other Bad Kitty books. It had potential, but totally fell flat for me.
James Moore
Apr 30, 2014 James Moore rated it liked it
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
Sep 18, 2012 Rachael Quinn rated it liked it
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
Oct 18, 2012 Gretchen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, cats
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
Jun 10, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 27, 2015 Roy rated it it was amazing
What a fun little children's book! I am so glad that my youngest son wanted me to read this and that he is reading it too. What I really like is how many ways the author has to learn and how much fun he makes it all. The characters are all a crack up, even the librarian lady! This is a great series and I am very glad that my boy has gotten into them. Now him and I have a book series we can read together and talk about!
Feb 11, 2014 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Shelves: boys-favorite
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.
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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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