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Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty (Bad Kitty)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  4,946 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and you're invited! Bad Kitty's second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information -- and even some suspense! Who took Kitty's presents? Why are Kitty's friends so bizzare? Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty's feline mood swings, and they'll be touched by the heartwarming visit from a surprise guest.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Roaring Brook Press
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Tim The Enchanter
Jun 19, 2015 Tim The Enchanter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sydney-s-reads
This is the review of Sydney, my 7 year old daughter.

This book is about Bad Kitty and her friends, Big Kitty, the Twin Kitties, Stinky Kitty, Chatty Kitty, Pretty Kitty, Strange Kitty and the dog (who is not kitty's friend). This story takes place during the day at Kitty's house. Bad Kitty was having her Birthday. Since it takes place at Bad Kitty's house, she REALLY REALLY REALLY wants to open a present.

I liked the book because it was funny and there were lots of fun things in the book. I liked
Jessica Wheeler
Sep 15, 2009 Jessica Wheeler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Happiness is finding a book you know your child will love. And there is nothing like the perverse joy of having your child sneak off to read instead of doing what you ‘want’ them to do. Thankfully, many of the great books my kids have relished such as The Lightening Thief, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Sisters Grimm come with sequels that satisfy as much as the first one does. This was never truer than with Nick Bruel’s latest Bad Kitty book, Happy Birthday Bad Kitty.

Oooh, it is so good. My k
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 07, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dog Pinata Enthusiasts
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Sunny
Happy Birthday Bad Kitty!

It's time to break out the balloons....

that Bad Kitty popped

Get out the decorations...

that Bad Kitty destroyed

Invite all the kitty guests...

that brought her lame gifts

And let's eat some cake....

that can't be chocolate because chocolate is bad for kitties.

This book was too cute!

I love the artwork and I just love Bad Kitty.

There are times when Bad Kitty reminds me of this bad kitty:

She really reminded me of that kitty in this book.
Mary Ann
This hilarious book will hook kids new to reading chapter books with its goofy humor and exaggerated illustrations. It’s Bad Kitty’s birthday, and she’s hoping for a really special birthday gift. All of the neighborhood cats come: Chatty Kitty, Strange Kitty, Twin Kitties and Stinky Kitty. But someone keeps sneaking away with the presents after they’ve been unwrapped! Bad Kitty reminds me of Garfield the Cat and Calvin and Hobbes, but this story reads more like a traditional chapter book with l ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
This book is in one of my favorite series. It's Kitty's birthday. He and his owner set up decorations. The owner invites all the kitty's in neighborhood. They are big kitty, the twin kitty's, stinky kitty, chatty kitty, pretty kitty, and strange kitty. They don't give him very good presents. Someone keeps steeling them and the owner thinks it's kitty. But it's not him and he thinks it's one of the other kitty's but it's not them either. Once kitty figure's that out he realizes that it's puppy. W ...more
Nov 23, 2009 Gretchen rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Okay, this is a kid's book, but it is so hilarious. I love the Bad Kitty books. It is Bad Kitty's birthday, and she is having a birthday party with all of the neighborhood kitties invited. In this book we also find out some background information about Bad Kitty's kittenhood. And, as usual, Uncle Murray has some helpful cat facts and tips.
Nov 23, 2009 Melanie rated it really liked it
A funny, random chapter book about (surprise, surprise) Bad Kitty's birthday. Other kitties come for a party. I gotta say, Weird Kitty is my favourite. And there is a character called Mama Kitty, which makes me a little teary because of my good Mama Kitty, who I still miss sometimes. Anyway...funny book. Takes a half-hour to read. And Uncle Murray's comments are funny.
Sep 27, 2009 Boni rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-mg
Not quite as funny as Bad Kitty Gets A Bath, but still highly enjoyable. I hope there are more chapter-book Bad Kitty's on the way- he's very worthy :)
Sep 03, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
Another good Bad Kitty book. These are a fun read and my daughter enjoys them.
Oct 17, 2016 Lydia rated it liked it
It is Bad Kitty's birthday! However, Bad Kitty isn't really thrilled by the prospect of decorations or guest (though presents and cake would be nice); she'd prefer to just sleep. The guests come, none the less, and bring... interesting(?) presents, which promptly disappear! After all the guest are cleared, there is only one possible suspect, who almost becomes a piñata, but is rescued by cake. Bad Kitty is still not pleased, so when she is disappointed by her "big" present and cake, she finally ...more
Nov 03, 2016 PSU rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book was easy for me too read I still enjoyed it yeah I read little kids stuff because its interesting to see what little kids learn about even though we passed through this already but maybe we remember maybe we don't well I don't remember anything about yourself when you were little for example me when I was little I really don't remember anything when I was little . This book is about this cat that is really bad in the begging the cat
Dec 08, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-261
This was a fun book. It also has some humor in it as well. It is an easy read with lots of pictures. It also has fun fact strung through it about cats. It's reading level is about 3rd grade and it's interest level is about 2-5th. I read this with my 4th grade reading buddy and she loved it.
A birthday party for Bad Kitty. Hilarious, when she gets upset about how things are going. She just wants the present that she was promised.
Jan 01, 2017 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, not-comics, cats
I liked this quite a bit better than the bath one. More so now, I can see the huge appeal these books have to kids.
Jan 10, 2017 Noah rated it it was amazing
Feb 04, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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Keri Payton
It's Kitty's birthday...and she just wants to sleep. Until there is the promise of presents and cake! All goes fairly well until Kitty's presents start disappearing. Who could the culprit be?

I'd seen the Bad Kitty titles in store before but I'd never looked into them. So, when I attended Book Expo America this month, I took up the line to have 'Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty' signed by Kitty herself. Quillbert even got a picture taken with her.

'Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty' is a quick, comical and cute
Courtney Umlauf
Jan 05, 2017 Courtney Umlauf rated it really liked it
It's Kitty's birthday, but you wouldn't know it by her grouchy attitude. She's not too happy that all of her presents have gone missing, but she doesn't know that her owner has one more surprise up her sleeve that might just put a smile on Bad Kitty's face.

This series is simple, unintimidating, funny, and surprisingly informative. Highly recommended. Check out my review of the series as a whole here.

**For basic reading comprehension questions for this book, check out my Teachers Pay Teachers sto
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 12, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was ok
This is a strange book to have ended up in the graphic novels category for the Cybils nominations as I wouldn't really, at first, have considered it a graphic novel. There are no frames or bubbles and the whole story is told by a narrator. However, the book is heavily graphically dependant and without the graphics there are many parts of the story that wouldn't make sense. Hence, I realistically (though grudgingly) can see its place as a graphic novel. I didn't like this book. It's Bad Kitty's b ...more
Jayne Singer
Sep 12, 2016 Jayne Singer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maddie
it was cool
Becky B
It's Bad Kitty's birthday! Kitty wants to sleep, but she is lured out of bed first by a ginormous breakfast and then by the promise of presents. Several other kitties come for Bad Kitty's birthday party. Each one brings a gift, but all the gifts disappear and each guest is a suspect. Eventually the truth comes out, but not before the lack of sleep causes Bad Kitty to have a break down and go berserk, ending the party.

Bad Kitty is so 100% cat. The illustrations are great, the comic timing perfect
Mikaela V
Nov 12, 2015 Mikaela V rated it it was amazing
Bad Kitty
11 November 15

This book by Nick Bruel is about a cat who’s nickname is bad kitty. Today it is bad kitty’s birthday! Some of her cat friends come over for a party. The only problem is that bad kitty does not want a birthday party and she is not in the mood to have anyone over let alone having her dog brother there as well. When bad kitty’s owner finally catches her after a couple of hours trying to make her come out and play she wants to open presents. But wait!! where did all her presen
Feb 09, 2016 Madelyn rated it liked it
This book was okay. I mean, I had an obsession with these when I was in second or third grade. They were way too easy for me but I was in need of an easy to read book. This book series was let me say, interesting. The books weren't bad.

The books, again, were an easy read with a cat who has difficulty behaving properly. These books are pretty cute, they are essentially a glorified Grumpy Cat. In this specific book, Bad Kitty celebrates his birthday and for the most part, he wants nothing to do w
May 12, 2013 Rachael rated it liked it
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My sister and I were babysitting and it was late at night and the kids were either asleep or getting close to that time. I picked up this book from their coffee table. I had read one other bad kitty book, but it was just one of the children's book. I really liked it so I started reading. Obviously this book is way below my age level, but I thought the author made a really entertaining book for younger readers. I loved all his fancy na
Feb 20, 2010 Sandy rated it it was ok
I'm kind of amused by the picture book Bad Kitty, so I thought I'd give this chapter book featuring this same kitty a try, curious about how well it would translate from one format to another. This chapter book is very dependant on its illustrations so in a lot of ways it reads like a black-and-white picture book. Unfortunately, the story just doesn't work for me. The facts about cats interspersed throughout the book are interesting and Bad Kitty's breakdown at the end and eventual reuniting wit ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Dolly rated it really 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. There are interesting and informative facts about cats sprinkled throughout the story, which are good for children who may have a cat as pet. It is silly and probably be ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Ubalstecha rated it liked it
Bad Kitty is back! And this time it's her birthday and all the kitties of the neighbourhood have been invited. But Bad Kitty is not happy with how some of the party turns out and the usual temper tantrum ensues.

Another of the Bad Kitty chapter books. This one is full of the wacky illustrations that make the series so popular. The neighbourhood kitties are also funny characters that the reader will like.

Sadly though, this book lacks something that the original picture books and Bad Kitty Takes a
Nov 03, 2016 PSU rated it it was amazing
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAD KITTY is about that bad kitty wants a special gift and the one who takes care of him invites Big Kitty,Twin Kitties,Stinky Kitty,Chatty Kitty,Pretty Kitty,and last but not least Strange kitty. And each of them brings them a gift so then they check the table and the gifts are gone.Bad Kitty is looking for them so Bad Kitty checks everyone to see if they have his gifts.But no one has his gifts but there is only that is left to check it is the DOG! what will happen next?

I recomm
Lauren Rhodes
Apr 27, 2015 Lauren Rhodes rated it liked it
Literature Requirement Children Series
It's Kitty's birthday and that means she receives a breakfast fit for a Queen. It has all her favorites such as bagels, clam doughnuts and eel fritters, iguana jelly and snake tortillas to name few. Her mouth is watering looking at the overflowing bowl of food. She devours the food rapidly. Things do not go as planned on her birthday as calamity after calamity happens. However, the reader is not dismayed when Kitty's gift for her birthday arrives and it's a
Caitlyn Roads
This book by Nick Bruel is a strange, funny and easy reader. It’s Bad Kitty’s Birthday and all she want for her birthday is to be lazy and the $600 super cat scratcher. He was so lazy that he didn’t respond to anything besides for when the cake, presents, and unique geusts all arive. Every guest brought a great present but none of them were the $600 super cat scratcher, what he really wanted. It has a really shallow plot, but also has tons and tons of illustrations. I would not recomond this boo ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Bad Kitty (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
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