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Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray (Bad Kitty)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,705 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Kitty’s owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who’s going to watch them? Good ol’ Uncle Murray, star of the Fun Facts feature of previous Kitty books—the guy you thought knew everything about cats. Think again! It isn’t long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Amy
Oh, boy. How am I going to rate Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray? My niece *adores* the Bad Kitty books, and my nephew likes Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray in particular. Both kids laugh their heads off at Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray. In addition, my niece likes to read Bad Kitty books aloud, and I have noticed an improvement in her expression and fluency, so it's really hard for me to say what I'm going to say next about Bad Kitty.

I cannot stand these books! I love that the kids love them (hence the four...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 06, 2012 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cat Lovers and Little Ones
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Sunny
Bad Kitty is back!!


With Puppy and Uncle Murray..


Uncle Murray?


Who is Uncle Murray?


Uncle Murray is going to watch Kitty and Puppy while their people are gone for the week.


But where did their people go?


This book is great! Full of zany kitty action that will really get you inside a kitty's head.


It's also full of 'real kitty' facts. Like why cats are afraid of people, vacuum cleaners, and why some kitties don't like to be left alone.


This book is a chapter book and would be great for little ones who...more
Cheryl
Speaking just for myself, I liked it. Funny, clever, good interjections about really caring for real cats that actually told me stuff I didn't know. But I have to give it another star because I know there are kids who would absolutely love this. Kids who are fans of The Adventures of Captain Underpants and are almost ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid but don't think they like to read will definitely benefit from this lively mix of beginning chapter book and graphic novel.
Sweet on Books
Uncle Murray comes to take care of Bad Kitty and Puppy while their owners go away. Let the games begin. First of all, Bad Kitty is a touchy little cat. Bad Kitty needs to be handled with care and Uncle Murray is like a bull in a china shop. After some hilarious non-starters, Uncle Murray decides that goofy cat isn't worth it and he leaves. However, responsibility gets the better of him and lucky for us readers, Uncle Murray returns to take care of the animals. An uneasy alliance is formed. When...more
Halley Todd
Bad Kitty is quite an annoying cat, but, she is also just plain goofy. It is not her fault that she is scared of big, loud Uncle Murray, who is pet-sitting her and Puppy while their people are away for a week. Even though he doesn't understand why she hides and screams at him, he still does his best to feed her. But, the line is crossed when she gets outside and a horde of cats chase him while he tries to catch her. Then, he leaves her by herself, which also causes her to be scared. However, he...more
Erin
Bad Kitty may be bad, but I love him anyway. A cat's perspective on what goes on when his owners go away and the pet sitter comes to play - complete with snarky, cat-like commentary! I liked how Bruel also incorporated sections explaining feline behavior, which added a nice component to help kids understand their pets. Plus, the drawings of Uncle Murray looking more and more frazzled made me laugh out loud!
Kim
Ella got this book for Christmas and told me I should totally read it. It is the story of a very bad kitty who is babysat by Uncle Murray while his owners are away. Chaos ensues! The book has a lot of pictures and is almost written like a comic book - lots of dialogue and sound effects (Pow! Meow!). The story and writing aren't particularly clever or interesting, but what I did like was how the author interspersed the story with little interludes about cat behavior. For example - why loud noises...more
Tatiana
Our favorite foul feline is back for another rousing round of pain and hilarity in "Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray".

SPOILER ALERT!!!

Uncle Murray for some crazy reason has taken on the saintly task of kitty sitting Bad Kitty for an entire week, along with the drool-challenged Puppy. We learn immediately that Bad Kitty has an intense dislike for the affable Uncle Murray, and reacts like any skittish kitty - he trashes the places and takes Uncle Murray's sanity with him. The non-fiction side stories we...more
Erin
While the owners are out of town, Kitty and Puppy are under the watchful guidance of Uncle Murray. However, due to their tricky antics, Uncle Murray is not having a very good time staying at their house. Kittys' touchiness leads to the first altercation between Uncle Murray and Bad Kitty. Due to the silly cats behavior, Uncle Murray decides his time is better spent elsewhere, so he leaves. However, due to the need to be responsible, Uncle Murray returns and forms an uneasy alliance with the anim...more
Shana Martin
The Children’s Choice Award Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel is a story about Bad Kitty and Puppy who is left with Uncle Murray when the owners leave to have their new baby. During the pet-sitting, Bad Kitty and Uncle Murray don’t get along which causes Uncle Murray to leave. However, Uncle Murray changes his mind after leaving and comes back. When the owners come home Uncle Murray communicates his dislike for their pets secretly by telling them that fish make nice pets.
The new and nota...more
Wesley C
Oct 03, 2014 Wesley C marked it as to-read
In this book i loved it. This book is fascinating. It's the best of Bad Kitty. I LIKE IT!


Problem:
In this book, Bad Kitty's parents went on a trip, leaving Uncle Murray to be his babysitter. Bad Kitty always think ed Uncle Murray was a enemy. So Bad Kitty yet tries to avoid Uncle Murray the whole time. But, every time Uncle Murray got near Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty would go crazy!


Solution:

In the solution, The parents came back home and they were gone for two weeks. Uncle Murray was shocked. Afte...more
Sarah Sammis
Uncle Murray first appears in Bad Kitty when Kitty threatens to "eat Uncle Murray" if she's not fed any of her favorite foods. Since then he's been a recurring comic foil for Kitty.

In Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray the rivalry is explained and turned into another cat behavior lesson. This time the focus is on why cats are prone to spooking. Among the lessons are why cats howl, why they poof themselves up and why they won't eat when their human family leaves.

Interjected with the lessons are the point...more
Christyn
Kitty is back and badder than ever! I had an absolute blast with Bad Kitty Vs Uncle Murray. This is a battle of wills (amongst other things), mostly on Kitty's part - and she's even recruited reinforcements to help her against the 'monster' (uncle Murray) toward the end. It was funny, and completely Bad Kitty. There were also some real cat facts throughout the book. Really enjoyable and fun!
Margaret
6/10/11 ** Day 14 Book 18 ** This chapter book edition of the Bad Kitty series is a great transitional chapter book for kids who love humor. This is the tale of Bad Kitty and Puppy who've been left for a week with Uncle Murray. Of course, Uncle Murray loses the battle of wits. With a combination of text heavy pages, full-page comic images, and comic-book style frames, Bruel does a great job capturing the idiosyncratic nature of cats. You won't want to miss the cat diaries in which 16 minutes tra...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
This is my first Bad Kitty book and boy was it a cute one! Bad Kitty is a bit touchy (what cat isn't) and when Uncle Murray comes to take care of her and Puppy...it doesn't go well.
The artwork is cute and I loved that it takes the opportunity to share a bit of actual info about cats in general.
It's definitely a kid's book worth reading!
Dolly
Jan 21, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is another funny graphic novel in the Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel. While I think our hands-down favorite book in this series has been Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, this is also a very humorous book with hilarious illustrations. It's a very entertaining story, and although graphic novels are often difficult to read aloud, we all took parts in the story and read it aloud together. Our girls especially loved all of the onomatopoeia and occasionally argued over who got to read them. Overall, it's a...more
Mimeewasuda
I feel like Kitty has given a human-like to a character and I feel Kitty is a person that came true. I always laugh of how Uncle and Kitty fights. As usual it gives a facts about cats.
Taylor
I started on the Bad Kitty collection in the second grade. I've read them all. Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray is my favorite out of the entire collection however, they were all good.
Kirsten Blau
I enjoyed this book because of the interesting facts about cats that were incorporated throughout the story and the fact that this book was full of humor. I love to love so this book was great. That cat is such a mess!
Melanie
Bad Kitty's family is leaving for a trip. Bad Kitty will stay home with Puppy and Uncle Murray until the family returns. And they promised to bring a surprise!

Well, Kitty doesn't like strangers. He takes a particular dislike to Uncle Murray. The next few days are going to be hard on Uncle Murray as Kitty manages to get in the way everywhere and anywhere he's looking. Eventually Kitty becomes so freaked out that he heads out the front door. Of course Uncle Murray gives chase. As does every other...more
Carol
Enjoyed the French translation of this book. It's a good choice for grades 3-5, funny and introduces some new vocabulary, but not too much.
Jane
May 21, 2014 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: jude
Jude says, "It was really funny and good. But why I gave it four stars was that it doesn't have too many funny parts."
Lexi M
Feb 20, 2014 Lexi M added it
I liked it but i personally think it would be better in color.......do you think the same?
Jenni
This is a children's book that we bought for our LO, who isn't due for another 6 months. :) We saw this series in the bookstore, and knew we had to have it. Yes, it will be a long time before our child will be able to read this book, but I'm glad we got it.

This book, along with others in the series are short beginner chapter books, that tells a humorous story of Kitty. But, for families with cats, it's extra special because it features little tid-bits of info on cats and why they have/do specifi...more
Robin
Highly repetitive and not as humorous as something like Captain Underpants.
Lea
Oct 03, 2010 Lea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
The Bad Kitty books are hilarious, and Bad Kitty is a great character. In this book, the unseen human owners are going away, and Uncle Murray is left in charge of Kitty and Puppy. Those familiar with Kitty's personality know that this can't end well. Kitty's adventures with Uncle Murray are broken up by Uncle Murray's informational asides about why cats act like they do. Kitty and Uncle Murray do make peace in time for the owners return, and the owners have brought with them something that is su...more
Juline
Quelques passages vraiment très drôles, mais globalement pas incroyable.
James Biser
All of the bad kitty books are a fun read with smaller kids.
Emily
Perfect silly book for the 6 year old cat lover in your life.
Mikayla
I thought it could have been better
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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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