Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

Hardcover | September 1, 2009

byNick BruelIllustratorNick Bruel

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It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and you're invited! Bad Kitty's second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information -- and even some suspense! Who took Kitty's presents? Why are Kitty's friends so bizzare? Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty's feline mood swings, and they'll be touched by the heartwarming visit from a surprise guest.

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It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and you're invited! Bad Kitty's second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information -- and even some suspense! Who took Kitty's presents? Why are Kitty's friends so bizzare? Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty's feline mood swings, and they'll be touched by the heartwarming...

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing! and the Bad Kitty books, among others. He 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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.39 × 5.64 × 0.72 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Roaring Brook PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1596433426

ISBN - 13:9781596433427

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

Customer Reviews of Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nick Bruel does it again! I just love these Bad Kitty books! But we all know there is no such thing as a bad kitty - only the masters who do not serve them well, making Kitty angry. Nick Bruel really knows cats and proves it in his Bad Kitty books.
Date published: 2009-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not So Great This is a strange book to have ended up in the graphic novels category for the Cybils nominations as I wouldn't really, at first, have considered it a graphic novel. There are no frames or bubbles and the whole story is told by a narrator. However, the book is heavily graphically dependant and without the graphics there are many parts of the story that wouldn't make sense. Hence, I realistically (though grudgingly) can see its place as a graphic novel. I didn't like this book. It's Bad Kitty's birthday. He's so lazy he can't be bothered until he hears there are presents and cake. He has one thing he wants, a $600 super cat scratcher. Each unique guest arrives (the stinky kitty, the pretty kitty, etc.) bringing an appropriate gift but of course no $600 super cat scratcher. It's a lot of pages for a very simplistic plot, but then it's very full of illustrations. Spread through out the book are real life factual spreads about cats which seem to just pop up and while related to the story going on feel like a teacher stepped onto the scene and is giving a little lesson. I won't continue as it's not my practice to only make negative comments. Not recommended.
Date published: 2009-11-12

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CHAPTER ONEGOOD MORNING, KITTY!GOOD MORNING, KITTY!Today is going to be a great day! The sun is shining! The birds are singing! Flowers are blooming everywhere with all the colors of the rainbow!You know what today is, don’t you, Kitty? Today is a very special day! Today is the kind of day that only comes once a year! Today is the kind of day that you celebrate ALL day long! Today is the kind of day that deserves a BIG, FUN PARTY!Now, do you know what today is?TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!And that means we start your very special day with a very special BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST!We made all of your favorites . . .Aardvark Bagels, Clam Doughnuts, Eel Fritters, Grilled Hummingbirds, Iguana Jelly, Koala Lemonade, Mongoose and Nuts, Orangutan Pancakes, Quetzal Raisin bread, Snake Tortillas, Unicorn and Vegetable juice, Walrus in XO sauce, and for dessert a Yak Zabaglione!Excerpted from Happy Birthday Bsd Kitty by Nick Bruel.Copyright 2009 by Nick Bruel.Published in September 2009 by Roaring Brook Press.All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

Editorial Reviews

"It's Bad Kitty's unapologetic, curmudgeon nature that delivers the laugh-out-loud funny." -Publishers Weekly"Just plain hysterical. . . . Fun for all, especially fans." -Kirkus Reviews"[A] mix of wry story and high-impact cartoon-style art." -Booklist"Bad Kitty is back for another adventure, and children who have met this cantankerous feline in her previous outings know that a typical birthday celebration just won't do. . . . Bruel's fast-paced humor is just right for the beginning chapter book set, and the interplay of the text with the comic black-and-white illustrations ratchets up the zaniness level. . . . A frenzied fusion of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of appeal for young readers." -School Library Journal