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The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  316 ratings  ·  110 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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Христо Блажев
Най-злото суицидно хлапе на света: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/d...

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
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Barbara
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Nikoleta
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."

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Izumen
Доза черен хумор за деца - http://izumen.blogspot.com/2014/01/bl...

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
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Jillyn
Three and a half stars.

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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
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Ана Хелс
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
Sara Truog
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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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
Jeni
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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.

http://knigozavar.com/2013/11/20/the-...

“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
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Петър Панчев
http://knijenpetar.blogspot.com/2014/...
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
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Жор
Цялото ревю:
http://knizhenjor.com/2013/11/devette...

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!

http://knizhenjor.com/2013/11/devette...
Adele Broadbent
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
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Shirley
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
Charlotte
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
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Ms.Patterson
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.
Tomiko
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
NeDa
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
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
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!

As
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Lee Födi
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
Lori

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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Sarah
What could be more fun than imagining what it would be like to have as many lives as cat? Alexander Baddenfield manages to find and evil scientist willing to perform the experiment. Unfortunately, Baddenfield is so bad he wastes his extra lives. Interesting character development and humorously written. Even though writing is for 3-4 grade reading level, parents might want to know the ending first. When Baddenfield finally uses up his extra lives and dies, he drifts to down to subterranean depths ...more
Kelli Bragg
This was an amusing enough story, and I really appreciated Mr. Marciano's sense of humor (although some parts were a little preachy, like his viewpoint on manmade global warming).

Although he managed to lighten up the dark content with humor, I think several of the humorous moments wouldn't be discernible to kids...adults, however, will appreciate those.

While it's a book that I would recommend, I would recommend only to kids who aren't overly sensitive, as I think it could be a bit emotionally o
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Kristin
Alexander is an horrible boy who comes from a long line of horrible people, all of whom have met an untimely demise. Realizing at the age of 12 that he might meet a similar fate, he goes out in search of someone who can transplant the nine lives of a cat into him. The subsequent chapters focus on the many lives (and deaths) of Alexander Baddenfield.

This was a very quick read. The illustrations were Edward Gorey-esque, and even the plot of the book reminded me a little of The Ghastlycrumb Tinies.
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Cornmaven
A super fun story, sort of like A Series of Unfortunate Events in terms of its approach to negative things and use of more sophisticated vocabulary. Lots of "dastardly deeds" and Alexander is a really really bad kid. I loved the illustrations and the interesting physical manner in which the story ended.

I am sure people who only know Marciano's Madeline books will be shocked, shocked at this one, but I loved it. And it was cool to learn that he shares a studio with several illustrators, includin
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Annelise
Absolutely PERFECT. Dark, witty, snappy and hilarious.
Sassy School Counselor
I think this book would be a super fun read for my 5th-8th grade boys. It's an easy read that's well highly entertaining. I could easily see this being made into a Tim Burton movie.

There is a underlying sense of animals not being treated well, but don't worry the snake gets even. The one part I didn't care for was on page 120 when the main character is scared of dogs and Winterbottom tells him to stay away from pit bulls. I know I am completely biased when I type this (as a mom of two pitties)
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Adam Silvera
ORIGINALLY REVIEWED ON SHELF AWARENESS

John Bemelmans Marciano's (Madeline and the Old House in Paris) debut novel is dark humor at its finest.

The Baddenfields descend from a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels who often die young and "in particularly grisly and poetically justified ways," because they refused to listen to the Winterbottoms who serve them. Winterbottom the Eighteenth endeavors to keep Alexander, the last Baddenfield, alive. The fun kicks off when Alexander undergoes a transp
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