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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 Juvenile (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...more
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."

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...more
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...more
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...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
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...more
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.
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...
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...more
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
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...more
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
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....more
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...more
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)...more
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...more
Kristina Lareau
I received this galley as a Goodreads Giveaway!

I thoroughly enjoyed the tone and snarkiness of this middle grade novel. It was a cross between Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning and Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton.

The Baddenfields are terrible and the nonchalance of the narrator's tone regarding the Baddenfield's horrible deeds is entertaining and sarcastic. I take issue with some of the book's pseudo science, and wish the author did further research regardi...more
Brenda
The 9 LIVES of Alexander Baddenfield is funny. For all time the Baddenfields have been bad and the Winterbottoms have served them, trying to keep them safe and trying to steer them in a better direction. It hasn't worked well the Baddenfields have always been greedy and evil. From the first Boddenveld of Holland who created the 1637 tulip debacle to Pieter Boddenveld in New Amsterdam (now New York) who made mass profit selling the land he had purchased for about $24 in beads to Rolf Baddenfeld o...more
Angie
Alexander Baddenfield is the last of the Baddenfields. Each member of the family has died in some very unpleasant way at a young age. At age 12, Alexander is sure he is going to end up the same way despite the fact that he has been protected and coddled by his man Winterbottom (a Winterbottom has always taken care of the Baddenfields). So he concocts a plan to implant the nine lives of his cat into himself. He finds a mad scientist to do the operation and it is successful. Alexander now feels in...more
Brenda Lower
The Baddenfields are the worst people around. Alexander's ancestors have done horrible things: blamed Abe Lincoln for chopping down a tree, spiked Rip Van Winkle's drink so he would sleep, and even tried to kill the last remaining black pygmy rhinoceroses! As last of the Baddenfields, Alexander has to live up to his family name!

And Alexander has a fantastic idea: why must only cats have nine lives? He wants nine lives too! He searches everywhere for a doctor that will transfer a cat's lives to h...more
Shannon

*I received this ARC copy from Goodreads first reads*
5 Stars
Alexander Baddenfield is not a good little boy. In fact he is a very mean little boy who has inherited his bad attitude from the long line of Baddenfields’ before him. Being so bad has earned them all very short lives and Alexander is the very last Baddenfield left. So he comes up with a plan to have lives to spare and end the Baddenfield curse.
This is a very quick and fun read. I will say up front that obviously this book talks about d...more
William Wall
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Roald Dahl was famous for his description and depiction of despicable characters—what I like to call “character despiction”—and on the outset, John Bemelmans Marciano appeared to be following the same path. While I’ll admit that the boy protagonist does have some despicable qualities, there’s not much else similar to Dahl’s fun and imaginative story-telling.

The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield is a 135 page story for y...more
Leslie
9 Reasons to Read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

#1 The Premise:

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I felt sure that between the jacket copy and the illustrator, I was going to like this one. It was going to be deliciously dark and, thus, right up my alley. [#2 It is deliciously dark, by the way.] While there was some concern that the clever narrator would be a bit too much, I knew I would love this read after page 2. The reason why:

“But now you say to yourself, “Aha! I know: The twist is that the boy is not really...more
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