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Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Bad Kitty)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  3,051 ratings  ·  298 reviews
Pet owners beware!

Bad Kitty really needs a bath, and sheis forced to takeone in this hysterical new illustrated how-to for young readers. The following are some items you will need for Kitty’s bath: one bathtub, plenty of water, dry towels, a suit of armor, a letter to your loved ones, clean underwear (because stressful situations can cause “accidents”), an ambulance in yo
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Square Fish (first published 2008)
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Monica Edinger
This book is hilarious and great fun to boot. I was a fan of the previous Bad Kitty book and this one is just as good. This time we reunite with Bad Kitty in a chapter book that is pretty much a How-To book about cats, water, and (really!) how to give them baths (and why they might even need one). Short chapters, large cartoony illustrations, witty language ---what's not to like?

Here's what the author recommends you have in addition to the basics on Pages 38-39:

A suit of armor, a letter to you
Okay, I had to sing praises for the newest Bad Kitty book. To be honest, this one had me at the title, and it didn't disappoint. What I learned: Cats Hate Baths. The author makes sure that the reader knows this from the start. He even includes a quiz to test your knowledge. This over-the-top book includes all the steps to bathing kitty, including: finding kitty, getting kitty into the tub, bathing kitty, and the way kitty will get her revenge afterwards. (Be sure to check your sneakers before pu ...more
Bad Kitty Gets A Bath

Grades 2nd-4th

This chapter book is like none other that I have seen. It has a large amount of illustrations that support the text and each are humorous and cartoonish. The colors used in the pictures are black, white and shades of gray. The text varies immensely in size from 12 font to taking up half the page for one word. This variance grabs the readers’ attention and gives the effect the author was trying to create. Each chapter is about 10 pages long which makes it manag
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 07, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: First time cat bathers
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Sunny
Kitty does NOT like baths!

I repeat: Kitty does NOT like baths!

If you kitty likes baths then you should probably have your kitty see a therapist because: Kitty does NOT like baths!

In this book, I learned the proper way to give a kitty a bath. ANd I must admit that I learned something things that I never thought of.

For example: I never thought about dressing up in a suit of armor while administering kitty's bath. Nor had I thought about updating my will. I will remember to do these the next times
Mar 29, 2009 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat fiends, Bruel fans, gigglers
Recommended to Jess by: Bad Kitty
Shelves: z_09, chapter-books
"CATS HATE BATHES" explains Bruel at the start of the book and he's got a point. With a mixture of humor, occasional facts, and tips from Uncle Murray, readers learn cat basics.

Plenty of fun and something Bad Kitty fans will love. Although, I sometimes wonder if Bruel's intended audience was more librarians and parents than kids. I.e.: the plasma & censored bits as well as the glossary. This isn't to say that kids won't like it--they will--but that I wonder who will like it more.

His illustra
I discovered Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty series exactly a week ago, and I was instantly fascinated by Bruel’s insight to the subject matter and his scientific approach towards the question of the bath, so I went to the library first thing on Monday and checked Bad Kitty out.

Bruel sets out to explain a very important thesis of catology: that is, cats, as a rule, tend to dislike baths. Bruel’ exploration of the topic and his illustrations accompanying his findings about the reactions of felines when su
Started volunteering today with a local elementary school doing lunch time reading with students. This book was selected as today's read by my third grade mentee G. who says he picked it because he likes other books by the same author. G. thought the vocabulary might be for high school kids but we got 4 good words from it to review next week: anonymous, subdue, plea, and keratin. We both learned something new about the hook like structures on cats' tongues called papillae. G. got a few good laug ...more
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Mr. Putter and Tabby taking the train

Cindy Lee

What happens when you can’t take your pet on the train? Will you never take your lovely pet? Or will you take your pet quietly? How will you do it?

This book is about taking the train with Mr. Putter’s neighbor. Mr. Putter and Tabby’s neighbor is Mrs. Teaberry and her lovely dog, Zeke. They were so happy to take the train. When they went to train station, they were so surprised because pet couldn’t take the train! Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry couldn’t
Hylary Locsin
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This illustrated novel tells the story of Bad Kitty and her bathing experiences. The primary purpose of the story is to instruct the reader on the proper methods of bathing a cat, Bad Kitty being the example "specimen." Chapters include the various steps of the bathing process, from preparing the bath, locating kitty, getting kitty into the water, and after the bath. Information is also given on f
Amanda Bonbrisco
Bad Kitty is absolutely hilarious! This is definitely a bestselling series! The book states true facts about cats, while making it entirely entertaining. The author Nick Bruel uses great images and nice exaggerations to portray a cat's feelings from how they get dirty to how hard the struggle is of getting them to take that fearful bath. I recommend this book for anyone, but I think it would work well in an elementary school classroom.

For late Kindergarten and 1st grade, it would serve as a grea
Hilarious series of books that both kids are enjoying. The format is short text with fun pictures that keep the 4 year old entertained but also had longer sections of non-fiction (called Uncle Murray's Fun Facts) that give the 7 year old more detail. Having read this one and Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray, we can't wait to read the rest of the books.
Laurie Garrison
My daugher and I was out at the bookstore looking for our usual books and ran across this on a endcap. We picked it up and laughed, so much I was crying. I said "this book is coming home!"

If you have kids (or teens as mine is LOL) that loves cat's they will love this. You probably will also:)
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This one has a lot of humor, great pacing and momentum-build-up, wonderful and often outrageously silly pictures -- and it contains some meta-fiction bits (like inserting the editor's notes, covering parts of the text/picture).
This book was hysterical! I recommend it to anyone who likes to laugh. But especially to those who are perhaps just learning to read. Or those who must read aloud to young people. This is an excellent choice.
This book is hilarious and pure fun! Unlike the previous Bad Kitty books I've read Bad Kittyand A Bad Kitty Christmas this is more chapter book in graphic novel style. It details how Kitty likes to give herself a bath and how to bathe Kitty (and why they may have to take one). There are even some interesting facts about cats and water. It's also a great way to get reluctant/new readers reading. Perfect for just about anyone at every age who enjoys a smile and a laugh.
This awesome book is a hybrid - a chapter book and a graphic novel. It is a beginner chapter book that will be sure to tickle the fancy of a reluctant reader. It is educational and hilarious. It is an owner's guide to giving your own personal feline a well deserved bath. It is full of fabulous illustrations that compliment the text perfectly....showing raw emotions, and "Bad" Kitty's behaviour and attitude when Kitty is faced with this dreaded event. The purpose of the story is to document exact ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Marisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys and girls grades 2-5
Shelves: j-fiction, boybooks
"BE PREPARED. The first lesson that all cat owners must learn is that...CATS HATE BATHS
For your own safety, please repeat this to yourself four thousand eight hundred ninety-three times.
It's not that cats don't like baths. It's not hat cats have a difficult relationship with baths. It's not that cats chose not to vote for baths in the last election. It's not that cats would rather choose vanilla over baths. It's not that cats neglect to send baths a card on their birthdays. It's not that cats pi
Nick Bruel’s 2005 picture book “Bad Kitty” introduced us to the scrawny eponymous feline through four hilarious alphabetical catalogues: the healthy foods she turns up her nose at, her vindictive exploits, the much-preferred fancy vittles (An Assortment of Anchovies, baked Zebra Ziti), and finally her snuggly outpourings of gratitude. “Bad Kitty” and its sequel, “Poor Puppy,” are for kids who already know their ABCs well enough to be interested in the wider world of wordplay (and alliteration!). ...more
Hannah Givens
This is kind of a cross between a picture book and a middle-grade reader, almost like a graphic novel. It's a lot of fun, effortless compared to the first two, and I like the way the narrator interacts with Bad Kitty. Again, as with Bad Kitty and then Poor Puppy, the story has become more sophisticated between books -- this would be a fun readaloud for kids who like Bad Kitty picture books, and also a good choice for them to read on their own as they advance.
Stacy Fetters
Cats are dicks. Big surprise. I have a cat and he is the typical bad kitty.
This time bad kitty gets nasty and stinky. Well, time for a bath. They try bribes and stories. And even a dream sequence. Nothing works until telling bad kitty about the dog getting a bath and then all is fine. She puts up a heck of a fight.
This was a totally true story of giving a cat a bath. You walk away feeling like you aren't the only one and having a laugh. Was such a cute story.
Independent read for 2nd to 3rd grade

Bruel brought comedy and creativity to Kitty in an array of black, white, and gray watercolor illustrations in “Bad Kitty Gets a Bath”. The pictures support the content of the story with the chronological progression of giving kitty a bath. He also introduces the reader to referencing unknown terms in a glossary in the back of the book. He expressed action and extreme emotion that Kitty had toward taking a bath. Bruel changed the font and added bold tone in t
2nd-4th grade

Bruel creates his story will plenty of fun illustrations in the pictures and in the text. The cover is very inviting with a picture of a scrawney kitty looking very afraid with bun bubbles and glitter surrounding the kitten. The inside pages are filled with fun black and white illustrations that depict the page by page the story. The cartoons appear to be drawn with marker and pencil. The text flows with the story because it is never the same text. The texts size, font, boldness cha
Ok this is hysterical. I cannot wait to read more bad kitty novels with my girls. Laugh out loud funny. Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade readers independently. There are plenty of pictures to assist them in deciphering meaning, and the humor is just right for well....any age! It uses a few large vocabulary words, but also stars them to send the reader to the glossary if they are unable to determine meaning from the surrounding text. it nicely introduces a glossary to these new readers as well as ma ...more
Sarah Sammis
We are a family of Bad Kitty fans. We have every single book in the series, having followed it from the very first picture book. With Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Nick Bruel changed from picture books to hybrid graphic novels.

The title says it all: Bad Kitty gets a bath. She's stinky and dirty from a run in with the dog. Bad Kitty, with her normal bad attitude, needs extra special care when bathing, like a suit of armor, an ambulance waiting in the driveway, plane tickets to go into hiding until Bad K
Aug 03, 2014 Melle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning chapter book readers
Really cute, funny beginning chapter book. Lots of humor peppered with fun facts. Great for kids who are a little too young or who need something a little less text-heavy than Timmy Failure. Would make a fun family read-aloud selection.
If you have ever lived with a cat, you will laugh very hard. I read this book aloud to my 7 year old, and the entire family stopped their activities to listen in and giggle. Also a great early chapter book for those readers just starting on the "big kid" books. We love Nick Bruel's other Bad Kitty books as well. It is fun to binge read about that cranky cat and her nemesis, Puppy.
Lisa Overberg
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath is another funny book in the Bad Kitty chapter book series. In this story, the author provides humorous instructional steps for giving the disobedient cat named Bad Kitty a bath. He lists some things that will be needed for the bath time, such as a suit of armor and clean underwear in case you get too stressed and have an accident. The author gives instructions on preparing the bath, putting the cat into the bath, and what to do after the bath; he also talks about why cats ...more
Loved the book! It had my 4 and 6 year old laughing out loud at points. I love how Nick Bruel is able to teach children new facts and information while making the story fun and humorous.
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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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