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The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  431 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels.  One day, Alexander has an astonishing idea.  Why not transplant the nine lives from his cat into himself?  Suddenly, Alexander has lives to spare, and goes about using them up, attempting the most outrageous feats he can imagine.  Only when his lives ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 2013)
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Melki
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
There has been a long line of awful and obscenely wealthy Baddenfield men.

To say that the Baddenfield family had a checkered past is to insult innocent board games everywhere. It is also inaccurate. The lives of the Baddenfields were not checkered. If their family tree had been a chessboard, their squares would all be black.

Thankfully, none of them seem to live very long. In fact, there's only one left - 12-year-old Alexander.

So how bad was Alexander?

Alexander always wanted to be a bully. When
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Книжни Криле
Какъв е по традиция главният герой в една детска книга? Симпатичен, самоотвержен, находчив, смел, проявява щедрост и съчувствие... С колко от тези качества може да се похвали геройчето от днешното ревю? Нула! Всъщност, Александър Баденфийлд е пълен противовес на всички жанрови традиции. Ето ви едно надменно, арогантно, себично, самодоволно създание, което направо ще ви иде да удушите. Но няма да ви се наложи. Защото Александър намира далеч по-изобретателни начини, по които да сложи край на своя ...more
Христо Блажев
Най-злото суицидно хлапе на света: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/d...

Спомняте ли си Ричи Рич, доброто хлапе с мнооогото пари? Е, Александър Баденфийлд е той, но наобратно, неговото зло алтер его. Той е чичо Скрудж на младини. Той е дори автентичният Ебенезър Скрудж на младини! Няма епитет, с който може да бъде описана лошотията на това хлапе – а неговите антикачества са достойна сумаризация на гените на рода Баденфийлд, които десетилетия наред са тормозили света със себе си и тарикатлъка с
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Nikoleta
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Понаписах нещо за книгата:

"Сюжетът тук е като никой друг. Пълно е с герои, които няма как да не обикнеш - просто защото те са невъзможни и е половин лудост да бъдат заключени между кориците на нещо класическо като книга. Затова си представям тази история като малка награда за твореца в Марсиано. Една лудория, извън очакванията, почивка или глезотия за собствено удоволствие."

Jillyn
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Three and a half stars.

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The Baddenfield family has always been filled with scoundrels, living up to the bad in Baddenfield. And for centuries, they've been cursed to die young, despite the Winterbottoms, a family who has always served (and tried) to protect their horrible bosses. Alexander is twelve years old, and as bad as the rest of them. He hatches a brilliant plan- to take the surplus lives away from his pet cat, and transplant them into his body. He starts to live like never before, hav
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Мартин Касабов
Доза черен хумор за деца - http://izumen.blogspot.com/2014/01/bl...

Ето ви детска книжка като никоя друга. Детска книжка, в която главният герой е 12 годишно хлапе, което умира. При това не веднъж, ами ЦЕЛИ ДЕВЕТ ПЪТИ! Ако това не ви грабва, то не знам как изобщо се разсейвате в този живот...

Александър Баденфийлд е младият наследник на богат холандски род, всъщност-последният, единствен наследник на този род, тъй като семейната среща-сафари не се оказва добра идея. Хлапето има верен иконом с инте
...more
Ана Хелс
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
По принцип съм особено чувствителна на тема насилие върху животни, и картината дори на една сритана котка може да ме откаже от принципно читав текст. Така де, защо трябва да си го отнасят единствените верни до гроб приятели, от които няма как да очакваш нож в гърба – толкова ли няма някой пършив язовец или мравояд с колики, който да ритат и разчекват многоужаваемите герои по разни книжа. Та, идеята , че някакво изродче ще вземе да заколи собствената си любима котка, за да и присвои животите, си ...more
Barbara
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Sara Truog
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, for-daniel
Dark comedy for kids about a boy who is the last in a long line of tried-and-true baddies… and who asks a quack doctor to implant his cat's nine lives into him so that he can live forever. He proceeds to die in all kinds of dramatic and wild ways, attended by the last in a long line of loyal servants who is as cautious as his master is reckless. Enjoyable for those who appreciate dark humor - and THIS is the point of my review.

Daniel really enjoyed this book and suggested that my library book c
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Catherine
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alexander Baddenfield is an anti-hero -- a terrible boy at the end of a long line of despicable Baddenfield men, who have all died mercifully young. (No female Baddenfields or wives are ever mentioned and, considering that some of Alexander's ancestors died as young as 17, it seems they spawn asexually and all but raise themselves, with limited guidance of the likewise all-male line of Winterbottoms who attend them.)

Determined to escape the fate of all the Baddenfields before him, Alexander fin
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Jeni
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, juvie
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Adelina  Genova
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Деветте живота на Александър Баденфийлд” е книжка за малчуганите. За тези, които все още се учат, че лошотията и проклетията винаги си намират заслуженото, а добрината заслужава поощрение.

http://knigozavar.com/2013/11/20/the-...

“Деветте живота на Александър Баденфийлд” е и книжка за порасналите. За тези, които имат нуждата да си припомнят, че животът е само един и не бива да го пилеем и за тези, които трябва да се укротят от проумяването, че няма резервен вариант. Освен това книгата е писана с
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Петър Панчев
http://knijenpetar.blogspot.com/2014/...
Да имаш девет живота хич не е лесно, особено ако се казваш Александър Баденфийлд и си на дванадесет години. Александър е последната издънка на едно гадно, направо отвратително семейство, което през вековете е създавало само неприятности около себе си. Не стига това, ами дори е пазено и дундуркано през годините от друго семейство - Уинтърботъм, което е дало клетва да му служи, докато се раждат Баденфийлдовци.
Жор
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Цялото ревю:
http://knizhenjor.com/2013/11/devette...

Трудно е да си добър, когато си богат, а бе доста вероятно Александър да е най-богатият човек на земята, след като наследи парите не само на баща си, но и на всички от рода, живели някога.

И така, колко лош бе Александър?

Покъртително лош!

http://knizhenjor.com/2013/11/devette...
Lorin Elizabeth
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's the dark, witty style of Lemony Snicket, without the greatness. Could have done with more length (one of the nine lives is one page long, which could have been hilarious, instead it felt rushed) and investment in character development. Was not much moved.
Sana
Jun 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring-af
2.5 stars.
Etienne
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really good!! Way better than what I was expecting! A funny/cynical tales of a bad kids who came from a long lines of bad people. The humor of it is so well placed that there jokes that would please children, around ten maybe, but there's also a more adult message behind it, so older people may like it as well. I enjoy it!
Cat
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark, but funny story! Kids with really black sense of humor, and maybe even teens and adults, will enjoy this story. Alexander Baddenfiled comes from a long line of bad Badeenfields. He finds an quack doctor to transplant 8 of hi cats 9 lives into himself and then goes out hell bent of destroying each one of them! Yeah, he's a bad one. Too fun! There aren't too many illustrations in the book, but the few are really fun! Great book!
Kevin
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't say really how I feel about this because I'm not sure. I'm not surprised I bought it where I bought it. It wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't the worst.

Read for POPSugar 2018 Reading Challenge - Book about death or grief.
Jeana
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this with my daughter before bed. She laughed a lot. It's a cute little story with charming illustrations.
Lauren Stoolfire
Excellent premise and opening chapter - the last Baddenfield (he and his family really lived up to their name - they were called the Baddenfield's for a reason!) comes up with a Great Idea which involves transplanting his cat's (Shaddenfrood!) 8 extra lives into himself giving him a grand total of 9 lives. After the ridiculously dangerous surgery works, Alexander lives his previously sheltered life(s) recklessly and preferably in the most outrageous ways. Since Baddenfields have a history of dyi ...more
Elisheva Rina
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alexander Baddenfield is a bad, bad boy. He is filthy, stinking rich and a spoiled brat. His faithful retainer, Winterbottom, is desperate to prevent Alexander from dying an early death like his ancestors. But Alexander is as reckless as all the other Baddenfields and when he decides to remove his cat's (extra) eight lives and give them to himself (with the help of a mad scientist, who had discovered that cats have extra stem cells in their belly buttons), he seizes the opportunity to live wildl ...more
Ms.Patterson
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 4th-grade, 5thgrade
After a weird and annoying first chapter I fear most kids won't have the patience for, it gets going fast. The main character is horrible to the core, and steals his cats 9 lives which he promptly and mostly purposefully blows through.
Mel
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very cute! Given to me by my student Patrick. He loved it and wanted to share the story!
NeDa
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Мрачно-забавен и поучителен текст, който въпреки достойнствата си, не би впечатлявал така без илюстрациите на Софи Блекол.
Чудесна нетипична книга, с оригинален поглед върху смъртта и животите ...
Beth Snow
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I shouldn't have laughed at the end, but I did. Dark humor at its finest.
Rachael
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
tries too hard to be like lemony Snicket, and doesn't quite make it. It was interesting to see a bad protagonist dies without any real redemption. Also, I'm not a fan of lemony Snicket in the first place. Wait. Why did I even read this?
Greeny Onie
ridiculously creepy..
Mary
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, kids, middle-grade
Well, that was super dark.
Kelly
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
One of the most bizarre books I have ever read!
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