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Bad Kitty (Bad Kitty)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,696 Ratings  ·  410 Reviews
From the creator of The New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk -- four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill...and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, C ...more
Hardcover, Cat-Nipped Edition, 40 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Roaring Brook Press (first published October 1st 2005)
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Maggie Stiefvater
This picture book follows an exceptionally bad kitty that proceeds to punish its family for not coddling it as they should. Basically, this is a picture book for kids -- which sounds obvious, but usually isn't. I often pick up books for my kids because they appeal to me -- they're quaint, beautiful, or have a great message. As an adult, I found the illustrations in this one garish, the cat ugly, the text way too long, and the meaning pretty much absent.

My kids love it.

They find it hilarious and
Oct 06, 2015 Suzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, made-me-laugh
Nick Bruel knows cats. His illustrations of the cat are so fun as good kitty turns to bad kitty and back to good kitty as a result of not having food. Along the way we get 4 turns through the alphabet. Healthy food that kitty doesn't want to eat (Dill, Garlic, Horseradish, etc.), bad kitty deeds as a result of being hungry (Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Devoured my new book, etc.), foods kitty gets excited about (Elephant Eggs, Fried Flies, Goose Goulash, etc.) and good kitty deeds now that ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Jaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
This was such an adorable read. The A to Z format of the book would definitely capture the attention of young readers and Bad Kitty is such a funny character. She reminds me so much of my bad kitty, I truly enjoyed reading it. My cat would (and has) torture me for running out of his favorite foods and only having the A-Z "nasty" things to eat. The difference is my cat wouldn't do the A-Zs of apologizing for his bad behavior. He'd figure I had gotten what I deserved.
Nov 19, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun story, if a bit long (IMO). The copy I checked out from the library came complete with the kitty bite marks out of the cover--fun! I think this is a very creative ABC book but the antics seemed to go on a bit too long since we go through the alphabet three times (four if you count what is inside the cover). Still, I can see some children will really delight in all the kitty's antics when it doesn't get its way; and then how cute it can be when it is happy.
Oct 19, 2014 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly brilliant.
Bad kitty is the naughty spirit in all of us.
Lenore Webb
Jan 20, 2012 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is the bedtime story from last night. Sadly I am nursing a bad cold so reading is out for me. Thank goodness Vanessa Williams agreed to read for us. She is willing to read for your babes too! How? Well she is on CD reading Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel. It sure did save me since I was really down and out last night. It was hard when kitty was told that her favorite foods were all gone and that all that was available was asparagus and beets and cauliflower and dill and lots and lots of other veget ...more
September Michaud
This book is hilarious!

It's about a cat who is good until...he can't get the food that he wants...then he turns into BAD KITTY!
Afraid that's he's going to have to eat Leeks, Mushrooms, Parsnips, etc. he Bites grandma, Floods the bathroom, and Yowls all night.

When he gets his chosen food of Buffalo Burritos, Elephant Eggs, and Fried Flies, he turns back into a good kitty who Repairs the curtains, Saves the day, and Ties shoes.

Notice that there is a strong alphabet theme here. This book is good fo
Leigh Sabinsky
Title: Bad Kitty
Author: Nick Bruel
Genre: Alphabet Picture Book
Theme(s): Alphabet, Food, Animals, Behavior
Opening line/sentence: She wasn’t always a bad kitty.
Brief Book Summary: In this book, a good kitty turns bad when there is nothing left but healthy food in the house. The book lists in alphabetical order an array of vegetables, as well as all the naughty things bad kitty does around the house. It then goes on to list in alphabetical order all the good food brought home for kitty from the g
Aug 31, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Bad Kitty title opens with Kitty out of her favorite cat food and her owners substituting healthy options, presented in alphabetical order from Asparagus to Zucchini. Kitty is not amused and responds with her own alphabetical list … of bad behaviors, ranging from Ate homework to Zeroed the zinnias. After her owners counter with an alphabetized list of kitty goodies ranging from an Assortment of Anchovies to Zebra Ziti, Kitty makes amends for her bad behavior with a final list of contrite de ...more
Bad Kitty roared into the children's publishing world ten years ago, scratching and clawing her way to the top. In honor of her popularity and the book's tenth anniversary, this picture book is being reissued. It is absolutely hilarious and just as fun now as it was then. The author cleverly takes readers through the alphabet four different times, once in a list of unpalatable foods available for Kitty, which sends her into misbehavior mode as she alphabetically causes problems in the house to s ...more
May 21, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that Bad Kitty is a very funny book. The plot is simple: Kitty’s owners run out of cat food; Kitty is disgruntled and acts out in various anti-social ways; Kitty’s owners return with food fit for a cat; Kitty makes amends. In relating Kitty’s antics, author and illustrator Nick Bruel takes us through the alphabet four times, from A to Z. The first and third times, he lists foods beginning with each letter (Asparagus? Ack! Anchovies? Ah!); the second and fourth times, he d ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
"Bad Kitty," by Nick Bruel is about a kitty who decides to be bad when there are only vegetables to eat because there is no more cat food. The kitty broke the lamp and ruined the rug along with many other things. When they have finally gone to the grocery store there is now great food for the kitty like fried flies and chicken cheesecake. In the end the kitty decides to be good and gets rewarded with a friend.
The illustrations in this book fit perfectly with the words. There were so many differ
Oct 31, 2014 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel is an experience like no other. In this colorful extravaganza, Bruel elevates the picture book experience beyond the ordinary. He also takes alphabet books to a new creative height.

There are movies which from the moment the first credit rolls right onto the screen to the moment that the last credit rolls off the screen are a cinematic experience. Bad Kitty offers the equivalent experience in picture book form. From the front cover, to the title page, through even the smal
Jul 11, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, childrens
What a wonderful ABC book, I just loved it! It’s Bad Kitty but he wasn’t always bad. It was just that one day they ran out of food so they tried to give him healthy food and he just wasn’t buying into it. They tried to give her dill, fennel, kidney beans, radishes, tomatoes; the list goes on from A to Z. So he: hurled hairballs at our heads, clawed the curtains, overturned her cat box, and was violent with the vet and so many more mean things from A to Z. When his owner finally comes back from t ...more
Maya Benberry
May 01, 2014 Maya Benberry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
This book is adorable. It teaches children the alphabet and uses every letter. The first alphabet is all the food that the owners planned on feeding the cat that made the cat turn into the bad kitty. This includes things like asparagus, beets, and cauliflower. The next alphabet depicts all the naughty things the kitty has done to rebel against the food that he dislikes. Some of his naughty tasks included damaging the dishes, endangered the goldfish, and flooded the bathroom. The story continues ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Leila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is a gem. Not only does it give the very young reader a bright and colorful look at vegetables (some of which might not often show up at the family table), but it features a delightfully disobedient main character: Bad Kitty. She is not to be overlooked--or, most certainly, fed anything inappropriate to the feline diet! Kids will love Bad Kitty's awful attitude, whether they like their vegetables or NOT!
Camille Ryckman
Brief summary When there is no cat food in the house kitty is offered a variety of "healthy" options in alphabetical order. She doesn't like any of them so she decides to be bad and do bad things, but in alphabetical order. Her owner brings her cat food options - in alphabetical order and she decides to do good deeds - in alphabetical order.
A good read with funny pictures the use of alphabetical order is nice and helps reinforce the ABC also gives some good descriptive words.
Age appro
Jun 19, 2008 iam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-puppy
This bad kitty does everything in the alphabet, more than once. I laughed out loud. It's irreverant and would be truly appreciated by any child who ever had to face life in a house with a maniacly moody cat. If you have kitties instead of kids you will love this book, even if you need to give it to some kid or family you know just to keep up appearances.
Morgan Flaherty
This is a book filled with interesting alliterative lists. It is about a pet kitty who turns bad due to the fact that its owners ran out of yummy foods and started feeding it healthy foods such as asparagus and cauliflower. The kitty starts doing bad things in rebellion and becomes a "very bad kitty" until the owners go to the grocery and buy the cat's favorite foods, such as "turtle turnovers" and "shark sushi". The kitty is overjoyed and sets out to make up for all the bad things it did. The i ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The book of the night. I can't believe I hadn't read this before. It's probably been on our shelf for ages. I loved it. The pictures were a riot, as were some of Kitty's favorite foods.

You know, I'm a dog person - but this book made me love the evil inside every cat.
Laura the Highland Hussy
one of the faves around here! I read it for a class I subbed once, and immediately went to the library for my own kids. after keeping it so long the library demanded it back, I've finally bought it.
Rachel Stolzman
I loved the illustrations in this book--they were bright, colorful and all around fun to look at! The text was bold and easy to read, and the pictures of the kitty's expressions were hilarious. I also loved how the author (Nick Bruel) used words with every letter of the alphabet to describe the food for the kitty, and the kitty's actions. I like how they changed the font to show when the story was being told and when kitty's owners were talking. The story was hilarious and fun to read. I think t ...more
Carol Royce Owen
Mar 30, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When food runs out kitty turns bad...really bad. But when more is bought he tries to make amends until...
Oct 07, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE how this books goes through the alphabet four different times in a fun and engaging way!
Jul 08, 2014 Melle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people owned by cats
Recommended to Melle by: one of my library kids
An inventive alphabet-themed picture book with bright, colorful illustrations. Lots of fun, very cute, very imaginative, lots of fun vocabulary words (food and behavior), an all-around good story, and suitable for all ages. One little nit-picky issue: the author should have checked which foods are actually bad for cats and not included them in the things, bad or good, that were fed to kitty. (Do NOT feed a cat garlic:
alphabet book
Nov 14, 2012 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best ABC book ever
Gail Cooke
Jan 28, 2012 Gail Cooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It’s always a special treat to hear a favorite book superbly read. Who doesn’t love Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty series, and who better to deliver it with appropriate comic appeal than Emmy and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams? Yes, it is hilarious but it is also a four-part alphabet book that will have youngsters learning their ABCs whether they intended to or not.

Our story opens when Kitty finds out that there’s no more cat food in the house, so she’s going to have to make do with veggies - Asparagus
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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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