Watch out! Here comes Bad Kitty

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.

Introducing ………          

Bad Kitty: The Cat-Nipped Edition

Written and Illustrated by Nick Bruel  

Roaring Brook Press, 2005

Fiction, Ages 3 to 7

Themes: Alphabet, Cats, Food, Behaviour

Opening: She used to be a good kitty, until one day … Oh Dear! We\’re all out of food for the Kitty!

Synopsis: 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: It\’s silly, funny, and original. It\’s the best alphabet book I\’ve seen in a long while. It reviews the alphabet not once, not twice, but FOUR times. Even so, the pace moves quickly, as it bounces through unlikely food choices and crazy kitty behaviour.

1.  The official Bad Kitty page has LOTS of fun activities and games to try out!

2. A Bad Kitty doll you can buy.                                               

3. Cool cat photos and games on the National Geographic Site for Kids

4. You could use it as a spring board and write your own book about \”Bad Puppy\”, \”Bad Froggy\”, etc.

5. OR your own alphabet book.

6. Mrs. T\’s First Grade Class has a charming art lesson.

7. Here\’s another cool cat art project from Deep Space Sparkle.

Check Susanna Hill\’s blog for some more fabulous picture books!

28 thoughts on “Watch out! Here comes Bad Kitty”

  1. My son absolutely LOVES Bad Kitty Books…I believe he has all but one. I thought the same thing at first, but I laughed hysterically when listening to him read it…these are too cute!I posted a gift for my followers…even though I still have 2 more to reach 100…I just couldn't wait and decided to count some of you as two..hahaha MichelleThe 3AM Teacher

  2. My kids LOVE Bad Kitty. I used it in the beginning of the year. There is one thing I don't like. I think it says shut up or something and some of my kids hyper-focused on it. Thanks for the resources!First in Maine

  3. Thanks, everyone:). I wonder why naughty animal stories are so much fun? Ha ha.You're right about the \”shut-up\”, Kimberly. Luckily no one in my class blinked an eye. Hmmmm.Have a great weekend!

  4. I LOVE Bad Kitty! Such fun! And as always I love all your suggested activities. I think in the future when I love a book but can't think what to do with it, I'll ask you 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this delightful book!

  5. I absolutely LOVE Bad Kitty — and I'm delighted that the edition you saw was the cat-nipped edition with the chomp taken out of it. That immediately drew me to it in the bookstore, and I fell in love.

  6. I've had this one on my Amazon list for eons, but had the same feeling as you about being commercial. Glad to know it's not and that there's a version with a bite missing! And how great that it goes through the alphabet so many times. 🙂


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