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Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Bad Kitty)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,582 Ratings  ·  366 Reviews
Pet owners beware!

Bad Kitty really needs a bath, and she is forced to take one 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
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Square Fish (first published 2008)
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Monica Edinger
Dec 29, 2008 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim The Enchanter
Sydney my 7 year old daughter read this one in one sitting. She liked the mix of reading with funny pictures. It made her think about bathing our cats and dog. She thinks you should read this one because reading is good and you can learn how to give a cat a bath!
Jun 05, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 28, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gryphon-award
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
Mar 29, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat fiends, Bruel fans, gigglers
Recommended to Jess by: Bad Kitty
Shelves: chapter-books, z_09
"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
May 15, 2016 Kyky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. In this story when kitty got really mad because she had to take a bath it reminded me of my old cat Phantom. I had never given him a bath before but my dad said he got really mad when he gave him one.
Sep 29, 2015 Cora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was first grade kinda book and the kids loved it! I
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
Feb 03, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 05, 2011 Cindylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2011 Hylary Locsin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 07, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 24, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A humorous, yet really accurate, story of giving a cat a bath!

Some great facts; how cats normally bathe themselves and how to be careful with the water, but a lot of silliness and crazy going around too (although I've known cats where a suit of armor would have been a great idea!).

No content issues, though kitty's hairball is gross.

Normandy Piccolo
Curiosity may have killed the cat. But, in the book, Bad Kitty Gets A Bath, Puppy makes sure Bad Kitty gets smelly after an unintended run-in with a garbage can full of stinky delights. Prepare to get wet reading chapter after hilarious chapter of this classic caper loaded with typical, uppity, feline candor when it comes to the issue of Cat vs. Water.

Bad Kitty Gets A Bath, outlines the many trials and tribulations an owner undertakes when having to bathe a rank cat. You might be thinking, “Yeah
Jenna Snyder

Title: Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
Author: Nick Bruel
Illustrator: Nick Bruel
Genre: graphic novel
Theme(s): humorous stories, baths
Opening line/sentence: This is how Kitty likes to clean herself.
Brief Book Summary: This humorous graphic novel goes through the process of giving Kitty a bath. Because cats hate baths, and Kitty is known to be bad, it is of course one huge, hilarious struggle to finally give Kitty a bath. The illustrations are very clever and enhance the reading, there is an added glossar
Nov 10, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it is a 5 star book because it is funny and hilarious. It is funny because bad kitty is running all over the house and making a BIG mess. It is hilarious because after bad kitty gets a bath her fur gets all poofy.That is why I rated this book 5 stars.
Lauren Rhodes
Literature Requirement Children Series
Nick Bruel chronicles another story of Bad Kitty only this time Bad Kitty needs a honest to good real bath you know the one with the soap and shampoo where you soak and lather on up. Normally cats bath themselves however, in this circumstance this kitty needs a little more assistance than it's tongue can give to clean itself. Unfortunately for Bad Kitty's owners CATS HATE BATHS. Cats only like getting wet when they decide to do so. In order to successfully b
May 05, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad Kitty is so funny and so relatable. The graphics only add to the hilarious writing style of the author. Bad Kitty is designed to be humorous. This book would be an independent read and children with pet cats would particularly enjoy this book. Figurative language such as onomatopoeia could be learned through the reading of this book. The main character, Bad Kitty, does not speak, but he does make sounds. The sentences in this book are about medium length, but they do utilize "..." at several ...more
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
Dharia Scarab
May 23, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was cute and funny for cat lover, both for adults and children.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I fin
May 27, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Summer Hemphill
Apr 27, 2015 Summer Hemphill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
*Gryphon Award*

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, by Nick Bruel is a hilarious chapter book with even more hilarious, animated illustrations. Bruel details the "proper" way to bathe a kitty from an unrealistic list of materials to actually locating the furry feline to dealing with the outrageously humorous aftermath in which kitty plots it's revenge.

Through the text, Bruel captivates and engages his readers by continuously using the word "you" as if he is speaking directly to the reader. This helps readers
Becky B
It is time for Bad Kitty to get a bath. Normally Kitty keeps herself clean, but every once in a while she just needs some extra help. As Kitty's owner prepares for this event, readers get tips on how to bathe a cat.

This was hilarious. Anyone who has ever owned cats will quickly see that Bruel obviously knows cats. This had me laughing out loud several times. I liked how he mixed in actual facts about cats into the story. I know this is marketed as an easy chapter book for the beginning reader cr
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:)
Anna Stover
Nov 17, 2015 Anna Stover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel very confused about how this book fits into the series, since in it, Kitty is more or less an actual kitty, instead of a dysfunctional scheming child in disguise. Don't get me wrong, he is scheming, but he remains, endearingly, recognizably feline, and that's what makes this book so darn hilarious. I love the first half so much I started taking pictures and sending them to my friend. The end was not so much to my taste, but I have to say that as a children's librarian, this is my go-to bo ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book may not be a life-changer, but I am giving it five stars because it is definitely a day-improver. Clearly Nick Bruel loves kitties, even Bad Kitties, and his approach -- by way of writing, makes it our approach -- to bathing the kitty is actually hilarious and in some areas quite practical. And the lead-up to the event is very suspenseful, considering a full suit of armor is recommended in addition to an ambulance parked outside with the engine running. The book is interspersed with "U ...more
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).
Oct 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Molly G
Feb 10, 2016 Molly G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, children, adfi
Day 2 of being a training supervisor—which means trainee is pretty self-sufficient and I mostly just hover, so in order not to be completely useless I brush up on section knowledge by scanning a bunch of books. This is another I found myself reading all the way through.

I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Not only hilarious and witty and wonderful and sweet, with phenomenal flights of fancy; also quite sound information and cat psychology. Jackson Galaxy & co. would be pleased!

Now I need to read the rest of
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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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