One of my students came bounding into the classroom the other day BEGGING me to read his new book. I took one look and thought, “Oh no, it’s one of those goofy, over-commercialized books, with nothing substantial.”
It was probably the big bites in the book that made me think that. But I didn’t want to hurt his feelings so I said, “Sure, it looks fun!”
Turns out this book is GREAT fun.
Title: Bad Kitty: The Cat-Nipped Edition
Written and Illustrated by Nick Bruel
Publishing: Roaring Brook Press, 2005
Ages: 3 to 8
Themes: Alphabet, Cats, Food, Behaviour
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 4/5 stars
She used to be a good kitty, until one day … Oh Dear! We’re all out of food for the Kitty!
Good Kitty turns into a very Bad Kitty when her owners run out of cat food. Her naughty behaviour is SO outrageous you can’t help but laugh. Especially when Bad Kitty realizes her mistake. Now she must make amends, but can she turn her behaviour around? And will it work?
Why I Like This Book — A Lot!
It’s silly, funny, and original. And I have to admit it’s the best alphabet book I’ve seen in a long while. It reviews the alphabet not once, not twice, but FOUR times.
A lot of alphabet books can be a bit slow and drawn out. Not this book! The pace moves quickly, as it bounces through unlikely food choices and crazy kitty behaviour which makes it both a fun read-aloud and a great pick for young independent readers.
1. The official Bad Kitty page has LOTS of fun activities, videos, drawing lessons and games to try out! You need to visit this page.
2. You could easily use this book as a springboard and write your own book about “Bad Puppy”, “Bad Froggy”, etc. You might even get your reluctant readers excited about this.
3. It would be fun and easy to make a class alphabet book, following the same format used by the author. Class books are great for modelling writing and then repeated readings afterwards.
4. Your class could do a cat art project and then write a short paragraph describing their favourite part of the book. Some good cat art lessons are this one from Mrs. T’s First Grade Class and this one, which emphasizes tints and shades, from Deep Space Sparkle.
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