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Bad Kitty for President (Bad Kitty)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,019 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
The votes are in--it's a Bad Kitty landslide!
It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosed by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bot
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Paul  Hankins
The seat of the president of the Neighborhood Cat Club has been occupied by Old Kitty for some time. Now, old and tired (and having served his two allowable terms), a new candidate must rise from the ranks and take the lead. . .


But after some convincing from the narrator, Kitty decides to take on the roll of president. . .but not so fast, Kitty, fancy outfits don't make you the president. There are steps to follow here.

Uncle Murray steps in to explain the primary system. But the primary sys
Stacy Fetters
A Billion dollars!! Holy $€*@!!

Bad Kitty is sick and tired of all those stray cats coming into his territory and digging in the trash. She wants them gone. So she does the only thing she can do.... run for president.

I'm pretty sure this is how Trump decided to run. Was sick of stray cats always messing up his hair. Now cheddar skin is president.

Bad Kitty does her not so best and makes a mockery out of everything.

Usually Bad Kitty has me in stitches. This one was kind of dull and I didn't even
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Bad Kitty for President is another of Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty novels. In this, the Neighborhood Cat Club President’s term is up and the position is open. Bad Kitty wishes to make laws about other cats invading the neighborhood so he is convinced by the narrator to run for president. The book goes through primaries, political parties, campaigning, and much more in a fun way. This novel explains a great deal, especially with the “Uncle Murray’s Fun Facts” pages. Realistic kid questions are asked an ...more
Jasmine H
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I kinda liked this book but it was short. This would be good for 3rd graders who enjoy learning books. This book was like informational books. Bad kitty was mad at stray cats because he wanted them to stop digging in his garbage. The he found out Old kitty was retiring so bad kitty wanted to be president but he lost. So he was mad and never wanted to do it again.
it is a book about a pointless topic, i don't think this cat has a purpose in life- caroline spaeth
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Informative and fun reading at the same time!
Melissa Wehunt
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it...I actually lol'd several times. Quick and fun and educational...glad my previous recommendations turned out to be right on. :) Oh, and loved the illustrations!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
After I read this book I realized something about Nick Bruel. He has cleverly written this series of Bad Kitty books so that each one is progressively a bit more difficult to read, starting with picture books, then moving to chapter books, then moving to this one, thereby luring young readers into ever more challenging reads. However, as appealing as Bad Kitty is, I don't think this book will appeal to every fan. The story revolves around Bad Kitty wanting to be president of the Neighborhood Cat ...more
Mary Ann
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd, humor, 4th, cats, 5th
With trademark humor and mischief, Bruel continues the Bad Kitty series with great kid appeal in this timely installment. The Neighborhood Cat Coalition is set to elect their president and Old Kitty has decided to step down. Annoyed by the stray cats in the neighborhood, Bad Kitty springs into action when she realizes the potential power that can come with elected office. The black-and-white cartoon illustrations draw kids into the story and keep the pacing and humor moving at a good pace. The k ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Nick Buel's Bad Kitty for President is out just in time for the presidential race this year. Bad Kitty for President includes the steps necessary to become president in easy to understand language and graphic novel format with a character that elementary students are already familiar with and enjoy. The students will enjoy most of the jokes, though many of them target higher-level humor that may appeal to middle school students. Bad Kitty runs for neighborhood president when he decides something ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bad Kitty explaining the electoral process is a stretch on a good day. When I started reading I actually thought there was potential for this to be an engaging, albeit silly way to teach kids how the presidential election works, but Bruel drops the ball when things get complicated and simply moves on without a real explanation. It is classified as Fiction, but the presentation ( a pseudo-glossary, explanatory spreads) implies that it is offering factual information, making it less fun than other ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: intermediate
I wish I could give this book more stars. I actually would have given it just 2.5 stars if I had been able. I love Bad Kitty - the picture book and especially the first chapter book, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. Unfortunately, none of the other chapter books have been quite as fabulous as that. In fact, it seems as if they get wordier (the Uncle Murray parts) and not as appealing to kids. In fact, I know several children that skip the Uncle Murray lectures. I appreciate the knowledge Uncle Murray is t ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (2012)
Genre: Chapter book
Format: book
Plot summary: Kitty decides to run for President of the Neighborhood Cat Association.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Section source used to find the material: In class recommendation
Recommended age: Grades 2-4

Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is written more for older children than for beginning readers, who are presumably the intended audience. It lays out the complicated process of elections, defining many terms in a glossary in the back of the book. The text explains such concepts as primaries, delegates, caucuses, nominees, debates, PACs, and super-PACs (here called 527 groups). It's a tough slog, without much room left for humor. Duck for President by Doreen Cronin is much more basic and easier to understand.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Old kitty is not going to be president anymore. Bad kitty wants to be president. He makes commercials to pretend he was good. Uncle Murray published them. Bad kitty forgot to vote. Everyone else got one vote. They voted for themselves but the twin kitty's voted for each other. They decided to let Strange kitty be the president.
William Self
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
It can be difficult to get my 8 year old daughter reading. She is a fan of The Bad Kitty series. We read this book together which I am glad we did so I could expand on her questions. We read it over several days and I was worried she would lose interest but she kept asking to read just one more chapter. It is a great book to introduce children 7+ to how our democracy works.
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is very funny. I like that Kitty had her usual grumpy, spitty fit. The introduction was funny. This story is probably one of the funniest stories I have ever read. I read it like 3 or 4 times. It is a good book.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
with all the election hype, the debates, etc what better time to read this than now - for fellow Bad Kitty followers you will like it.

If I had a choice between Newt G and Bad Kitty - well, we all know who I'd vote for don't we.

Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, comedy, america
painfully timely, competent moderator and all
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book just wasn't as funny as the other Bad Kitty books. It had potential, but totally fell flat for me.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, humor
I suppose this is one way to introduce young children to the political process. Bad Kitty is pretty savvy with the attack ads.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bedtime-stories
This one made me laugh. A parody of sorts about being president and the election process.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
There was this old Kitty named,old Kitty and He served his time as president,then they were going to have election on to see who would be the next president and Kitty heard about it and he went to join in it and he did and they did some crazy challenge it was called kiss the baby,
Kitty wanted to win so bad that we went around knocking on the Kitty’s dores that he was going against, and today is the day said Kitty you are going to win well when he got there he was going to vote for himself and t
Lillian T
I loved this book because it's funny and it's about a cat trying to get voted. This book would be perfect for 5th graders who enjoy cats that are funny or if they just like funny stuff. If you like cats and being able to laugh then you will love this book because this cat is trying to get voted by other cats . The ending is strange kitty got voted other than bad kitty and she gets mad at strange kitty then it's the end but it's really the end of the book
Mar 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
From parent
The amount of %#*& in these books is overwhelming

well, in the united states, some presidential campaigns can cost more than a billion dollars! A billion dollars! Holy %#@$

Not a book for children
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Old Kitty's term is up, Bad Kitty decides to run for president so that he can decide what to do with all the stray cats that are coming into his neighborhood. His worthy opponent? Big Kitty.

A pretty good overview of how the election process works
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would totally vote for Bad Kitty for president. I wish he had been on the ballot. Still, my son found this book so funny he read it in one night when he was supposed to be sleeping, so that is a pretty good consolation.
Bryon Reed
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Galion Public Library Teens
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Review by K.K.: "I really didn't like the president stuff but it was funny."
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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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