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.
It's bedtime, but Bad Kitty has other plans, she wants to play, sing, and run. Kitty is coaxed to prepare for bed by being told if she gets ready for bed there will be time for a story. Read along and see what happens. CATS RULE! DOGS DROOL!
It's bedtime, but Kitty doesn't want to get ready for bed. Kitty has a whole list of other ideas for what to do right now. But with a story dangling as bribery, maybe Kitty will get ready for bed.
Bad Kitty and small children have many similarities as are obvious from reading this book. I can see parents reading this and simultaneously laughing and crying because it reads all too true to life. Oh, and laughing because Kitty's antics are quite funny. She gets positive reinforcement for doing things well, and verbally redirected when she is doing things she shouldn't. Bruel's illustrations, as always, convey the comedy so very, very well.
Kitty does not want to go to bed because kitty has so many other things to do before bedtime, like singing, running, etc. However, kitty also really likes reading stories for bed, and knows that he doesn’t get to read his bedtime story unless he does the other things he needs to do before bed like brushing his teeth and putting on his pajamas.
While I like the book very much, I wish that the similarity of the cover to Goodnight Moon's had been developed in the book and not just for the cover. I had been hoping for a Bad Kitty Goodnight Moon. 😢
A perfect book to be used at a reading event for younger students (especially if it is held after school)! Typical funny text and a familiar character that most students love! Two thumbs up! Nothing new, but still will be well-received.
Young readers will relate to Bad Kitty not wanting to go to bed. They may even have heard the same message that they have to brush their teeth, etc. to get a bedtime story. As always, the energy flows off the page when Bad Kitty is around.