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The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  368 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels. One day, Alexander has an astonishing idea. Why not transplant the nine lives from his cat into himself? Suddenly, Alexander has lives to spare, and goes about using them up, attempting the most outrageous feats he can imagine. Only when his lives sta ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 2013)
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Oct 13, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it
There has been a long line of awful and obscenely wealthy Baddenfield men.

To say that the Baddenfield family had a checkered past is to insult innocent board games everywhere. It is also inaccurate. The lives of the Baddenfields were not checkered. If their family tree had been a chessboard, their squares would all be black.

Thankfully, none of them seem to live very long. In fact, there's only one left - 12-year-old Alexander.

So how bad was Alexander?

Alexander always wanted to be a bully. When
Христо Блажев
Най-злото суицидно хлапе на света:

Спомняте ли си Ричи Рич, доброто хлапе с мнооогото пари? Е, Александър Баденфийлд е той, но наобратно, неговото зло алтер его. Той е чичо Скрудж на младини. Той е дори автентичният Ебенезър Скрудж на младини! Няма епитет, с който може да бъде описана лошотията на това хлапе – а неговите антикачества са достойна сумаризация на гените на рода Баденфийлд, които десетилетия наред са тормозили света със себе си и тарикатлъка с
Feb 28, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it
Alexander Baddenfield is an anti-hero -- a terrible boy at the end of a long line of despicable Baddenfield men, who have all died mercifully young. (No female Baddenfields or wives are ever mentioned and, considering that some of Alexander's ancestors died as young as 17, it seems they spawn asexually and all but raise themselves, with limited guidance of the likewise all-male line of Winterbottoms who attend them.)

Determined to escape the fate of all the Baddenfields before him, Alexander fin
Aug 08, 2014 Jillyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Three and a half stars.


The Baddenfield family has always been filled with scoundrels, living up to the bad in Baddenfield. And for centuries, they've been cursed to die young, despite the Winterbottoms, a family who has always served (and tried) to protect their horrible bosses. Alexander is twelve years old, and as bad as the rest of them. He hatches a brilliant plan- to take the surplus lives away from his pet cat, and transplant them into his body. He starts to live like never before, hav
Sara Truog
Mar 03, 2014 Sara Truog rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, for-daniel
Dark comedy for kids about a boy who is the last in a long line of tried-and-true baddies… and who asks a quack doctor to implant his cat's nine lives into him so that he can live forever. He proceeds to die in all kinds of dramatic and wild ways, attended by the last in a long line of loyal servants who is as cautious as his master is reckless. Enjoyable for those who appreciate dark humor - and THIS is the point of my review.

Daniel really enjoyed this book and suggested that my library book c
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Jan 26, 2014 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Понаписах нещо за книгата:

"Сюжетът тук е като никой друг. Пълно е с герои, които няма как да не обикнеш - просто защото те са невъзможни и е половин лудост да бъдат заключени между кориците на нещо класическо като книга. Затова си представям тази история като малка награда за твореца в Марсиано. Една лудория, извън очакванията, почивка или глезотия за собствено удоволствие."

Мартин Касабов
Доза черен хумор за деца -

Ето ви детска книжка като никоя друга. Детска книжка, в която главният герой е 12 годишно хлапе, което умира. При това не веднъж, ами ЦЕЛИ ДЕВЕТ ПЪТИ! Ако това не ви грабва, то не знам как изобщо се разсейвате в този живот...

Александър Баденфийлд е младият наследник на богат холандски род, всъщност-последният, единствен наследник на този род, тъй като семейната среща-сафари не се оказва добра идея. Хлапето има верен иконом с инте
Ана Хелс
Mar 08, 2014 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing
По принцип съм особено чувствителна на тема насилие върху животни, и картината дори на една сритана котка може да ме откаже от принципно читав текст. Така де, защо трябва да си го отнасят единствените верни до гроб приятели, от които няма как да очакваш нож в гърба – толкова ли няма някой пършив язовец или мравояд с колики, който да ритат и разчекват многоужаваемите герои по разни книжа. Та, идеята , че някакво изродче ще вземе да заколи собствената си любима котка, за да и присвои животите, си ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Excellent premise and opening chapter - the last Baddenfield (he and his family really lived up to their name - they were called the Baddenfield's for a reason!) comes up with a Great Idea which involves transplanting his cat's (Shaddenfrood!) 8 extra lives into himself giving him a grand total of 9 lives. After the ridiculously dangerous surgery works, Alexander lives his previously sheltered life(s) recklessly and preferably in the most outrageous ways. Since Baddenfields have a history of dyi ...more
Elisheva Rina
Dec 16, 2015 Elisheva Rina rated it it was amazing
Alexander Baddenfield is a bad, bad boy. He is filthy, stinking rich and a spoiled brat. His faithful retainer, Winterbottom, is desperate to prevent Alexander from dying an early death like his ancestors. But Alexander is as reckless as all the other Baddenfields and when he decides to remove his cat's (extra) eight lives and give them to himself (with the help of a mad scientist, who had discovered that cats have extra stem cells in their belly buttons), he seizes the opportunity to live wildl ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Jeni rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, children-s, 2013
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Аделина 'Змей' Генова
“Деветте живота на Александър Баденфийлд” е книжка за малчуганите. За тези, които все още се учат, че лошотията и проклетията винаги си намират заслуженото, а добрината заслужава поощрение.

“Деветте живота на Александър Баденфийлд” е и книжка за порасналите. За тези, които имат нуждата да си припомнят, че животът е само един и не бива да го пилеем и за тези, които трябва да се укротят от проумяването, че няма резервен вариант. Освен това книгата е писана с
Beth Snow
Jul 13, 2016 Beth Snow rated it really liked it
I shouldn't have laughed at the end, but I did. Dark humor at its finest.
Jun 25, 2016 Sana rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
Петър Панчев
Да имаш девет живота хич не е лесно, особено ако се казваш Александър Баденфийлд и си на дванадесет години. Александър е последната издънка на едно гадно, направо отвратително семейство, което през вековете е създавало само неприятности около себе си. Не стига това, ами дори е пазено и дундуркано през годините от друго семейство - Уинтърботъм, което е дало клетва да му служи, докато се раждат Баденфийлдовци.
Bruce Gargoyle
Ten Second Synopsis:
Alexander Baddenfield transplants nine lives from his cat into himself. Predictably, things do not end well.

This is a delightfully droll tale in which a naughty boy gets his just desserts. Eventually. This cheekily illustrated book is Edward Gorey for children (and their subversive parents) and I don’t feel too bad in telling you that Alexander dies in the end. Multiple times. There’s also a shocking reveal about the real name of Alexander’s gentleman’s gentleman.

This book wi
Apr 30, 2015 Жор rated it really liked it
Цялото ревю:

Трудно е да си добър, когато си богат, а бе доста вероятно Александър да е най-богатият човек на земята, след като наследи парите не само на баща си, но и на всички от рода, живели някога.

И така, колко лош бе Александър?

Покъртително лош!
Adele Broadbent
Jan 22, 2015 Adele Broadbent rated it it was ok
Alexander hails from a long line of nasty, selfish, self absorbed, Baddenfields. He is the last living Baddenfield and has the last living Winterbottom (from a long line of caring, kind, thoughtful Winterbottoms) to look after him. Winterbottom has tried to protect Alexander from every possible threat - sunburn, traffic accidents, drowning, dog bites and food allergies, to name a few. But it results in Alexander wanting to rebel.
He decides his cat doesn't deserve 9 lives and finds a doctor to pe
Alexander Baddenfield is the last one in the line of his family. His father and uncles all died in horrible accidents when they were fairly young, along with their servants, Winterbottems, who spend their entire lives devoted to serving the Baddenfield family. Since Alexander's father died, he was left in the care of Winterbottem, who takes every precaution to keep Alexander safe from any harm. Alexander becomes tired of being trapped in a life of constant worrying from Winterbottem, and arrange ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great! You should read it because it was full of dark humor. Also, there is no waiting for another death to happen.The deaths are always happening. If you are "squeamish ,faint of heart, or sentimental"(exerpted) , this will toughen you up! I wish those darn people would not nitpick this book
and give it bad reviews! I would give it 65 5-star reviews.

I will prove my point, because you may not feel as defensive as I do.You may worry about shipping, while
you can just get it from the
Lorin Elizabeth
Jun 16, 2015 Lorin Elizabeth rated it it was ok
It's the dark, witty style of Lemony Snicket, without the greatness. Could have done with more length (one of the nine lives is one page long, which could have been hilarious, instead it felt rushed) and investment in character development. Was not much moved.
Sep 07, 2014 Ms.Patterson rated it liked it
Shelves: 5thgrade, 4th-grade
After a weird and annoying first chapter I fear most kids won't have the patience for, it gets going fast. The main character is horrible to the core, and steals his cats 9 lives which he promptly and mostly purposefully blows through.
Aug 04, 2014 Tomiko rated it liked it
This book starts strong, full of dark humor with an injection of historical asides which are fun for precocious (or adult) readers to spot. Towards the end however, the story becomes almost sentimental, where you almost feel sorry for Alexander Baddenfield and wonder about what Winterbottom will do with the rest of his life. This isn't a spoiler, as the fate of A.B. was made very clear at the beginning of the book. Still, the macabre and creative deaths of Alexander Baddenfield make for an enter ...more
Aug 09, 2014 NeDa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Мрачно-забавен и поучителен текст, който въпреки достойнствата си, не би впечатлявал така без илюстрациите на Софи Блекол.
Чудесна нетипична книга, с оригинален поглед върху смъртта и животите ...
Penny Peck
Feb 28, 2014 Penny Peck rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Similar in macabre tone to the books by Lemony Snicket, this is great to recommend to a tween who wants a short book. Bratty Alexander comes from a long line of rich jerks who live short lives, so he gets a special transplant from a cat so he can live nine lives. He wastes many of them, dying after purposely touching the 3rd rail of the subway and doing other misdeeds. There are ink drawings here and there to add interest, and at 133 pages this is quite brief but more than a short story; perfect ...more
Kerri Lorenz
Oct 23, 2014 Kerri Lorenz rated it really liked it
I couldn't make my mind up at first about this one. I think the problem was that I had never read anything like it. Right from the beginning, reading that the main character is absolutely, without a doubt, going to die was a little disturbing and the text felt almost like a huge didactic warning against living a bad life. BUT then I laughed. And lightened up. And realized that I think I could recommend this to a ton of middle grade readers (and to top it off, it's a real short read). Woo hoo!

Lee Födi
Jan 02, 2015 Lee Födi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait to share this book with my creative writing students, especially with those ones who complain that all books end the same way or have happy endings. This book MAY have a happy ending, but that depends on your point of view. It's an amusing story of a rotten protagonist who has an operation to swap eight lives from his cat and transfer them to himself. He then sets out with reckless abandon, toying with his lives like a riverboat gambler. The concept, style, and format of the book ma ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very cute! Given to me by my student Patrick. He loved it and wanted to share the story!
May 01, 2014 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile

Alexander Baddenfield is a bad kid and he comes from a long line of bad people. A long line of bad people who meet their nasty end at a very young age.

Alexander has a plan though. He will find a doctor who will transplant his cats nine lives into Alexander...and then Alexander will have NINE lives to live.

Such a cute book, very dark humour and no sudden realization on Alexander's part but it made me chuckle and I think kids would really like it

(Also, it's written by John Bemelmans who is the gra
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