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Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty (Bad Kitty)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,909 ratings  ·  169 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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Jessica Wheeler
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
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.
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 :)
Another good Bad Kitty book. These are a fun read and my daughter enjoys them.
"Happy Birthday Bad Kitty" by Nick Bruel, is a fiction book. This book is about Kitty having a interesting birthday party. Kitty's owner invited guests, made decorations, a cake and presents. All kitty wanted to do on her birthday was sleeping, so she was annoyed by this whole party thing. I rated "Happy Birthday Bad Kitty" 4 of out 5 stars because it was funny and cute, and a great book for children; I felt like the author could've written the book more fluently. Overall I recommend this book a ...more
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Nicola Mansfield
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
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
You can never go wrong with Bad Kitty if you're looking for something humorous and fun. Happy Birthday Bad Kitty features Bad Kitty's birthday celebration - including her person, Puppy, and the familiar cast of other neighborhood kitties. It's a chapter book in graphic novel style with one alphabet page. It was another enjoyable and funny book with classic Bad Kitty behavior.
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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
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
Apr 06, 2014 Jessie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I was babysitting a six-year-old and she wanted me to read this to her. I know that this is the kind of book that I would have loved as a kid. Obviously, as a teenager, the entertainment comes from the kids laughter when you read it out loud. It's a cute book for young kids but not one of those children s books that are equally entertaining for adults.
Nov 09, 2014 Melle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning chapter book readers
A fun little story about Bad Kitty's first birthday interspersed with some factual information about cats. A good beginning chapter book, a good fiction/nonfiction balance, really fun illustrations, and a decent vocabulary builder (crepuscular). A purr-fect read for Zelda's first birthday, even though she wasn't cool with it.
Hannah Givens
Another more-advanced Bad Kitty book, great for read-alouds or kids moving beyond plain old picture books. Again, I love the way the narrator interacts with the story and Bad Kitty. I also always love it when new characters are introduced, and we got to meet a whole bunch of new kitties in this one!
Sep 05, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
my daughter and I read this for abut an hour and laughed our way through it. Then when I had to get up and do something else, she continued reading and pouring over the pictures. It is a good mix of humor, simple plot and facts about cats. I can't wait too get he rest of the series.
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
Great first chapter books to engage reluctant readers. Good to use for dialogue and character voice.
My cat loving daughter is a huge fan of Bad Kitty...the other kids didn't mind this as a read aloud either.
This was our first bad kitty book, an easy read but good for the kids to do and keep a good pace.
James Biser
All of the bad kitty books are a fun read with smaller kids.
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
Bridget R. Wilson
Cats do not like parties. They don't even like their own birthday parties. Bad Kitty is less than pleased with the celebration of her birth. She'd much rather be sleeping. Instead, she has to put up with an endless stream of guests and their gifts. During her party, Bad Kitty lives up to her name.

What I thought: Another great Bad Kitty chapter book from Nick Bruel. Kids love parties. They'll especially love Kitty's dislike of hers. I loved the notes at the end of the book about different cat bre
Rachel Singleton
This book is awesome I love it and want to read it
Bailee Fontenot
It was very funny and easy to read!!!
This cute graphic novel for kids is both informative and silly. It's Bad Kitty's birthday and isn't happy about her presents, her guests or her cake. Being a bad kitty, she pretty much destroys everything. The best characters is Strange Kitty, a comic book loving cat who makes friends with a mouse at the party and they are engrossed in comic books while the party comes down around them. There are cat facts between each of the simple chapters including a page on why you should never, ever, feed c ...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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