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Bad Kitty (series)

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Cover artist  Nick Bruel
Language  English
Originally published  2005
Illustrator  Nick Bruel
Country  United States
Author  Nick Bruel
Genre  Comedy
Published  2005
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Publisher  Mcmillan (Neal Porter books, Roaring Brook Press); Scholastic Corporation
Media type  Print (hardback & paperback)
Similar  Poor Puppy, Evil Cats, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, A Bad Kitty Christmas, Dog Shaming

Bad Kitty is a series of American children's books by Nick Bruel, about a housecat named Kitty, who often wreaks havoc about her owner's home. The first book, Bad Kitty, was a picture book, published in 2005, and featured Kitty encountering foods and doing activities categorized by the alphabet. It was followed by Poor Puppy, which deals with Kitty's housemate, Puppy. Bruel also created chapter books including Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door, Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President. The chapter books feature tips on caring for cats. In late 2011, Bruel published A Bad Kitty Christmas as a picture book. The series won a Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award.

Contents

Main

  • Kitty – The title character of the series; she is a housecat who wreaks havoc around her owner's home when she is in a bad mood, hence the name. She has black fur and a white tuft of fur on her chest. According to Bruel, "Kitty is physically modeled after a cat named Zou-zou Nick Bruel had as a child who was all black except for a small tuft of white fur on her chest."
  • Puppy – He is introduced in the series at the end of Bad Kitty and is the subject of the picture book Poor Puppy and the novel "Puppy's Big Day".
  • The owner – The narrator of the series. His face is not seen in the books.
  • Uncle Murray – Uncle Murray was only mentioned twice in the first book, Bad Kitty. In the chapter books, he is given sections called "Uncle Murray's Fun Facts". He is a major character in the book, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door. Bruel wrote that he is named after his real life Uncle Murray.
  • Kitty's Friends

    The following is a list of cats that make their debuts in Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty.

  • Big Kitty – Big Kitty is a Maine Coon who is the biggest cat in the series.
  • The Twin Kitties – The Twin Kitties are American Shorthairs who love to play.
  • Stinky Kitty – Stinky Kitty is a Persian who is always getting dirty and smelly.
  • Chatty Kitty – Chatty Kitty is a Siamese who is the most talkative cat in the neighborhood. The translations of her speech are presented as footnotes.
  • Pretty Kitty – Pretty Kitty is a Turkish Angora who has won many cat shows and whom all of the male cats are in love with.
  • Strange Kitty – Strange Kitty is a Sphynx who is called strange for reading comic books instead of (like cats) chasing mice.
  • Minor characters

  • Power Mouse – Strange Kitty's buddy and sidekick
  • Old Lady – A senior woman that appeared in A Bad Kitty Christmas
  • Old Kitty - The former president of the Neighborhood Cat Club
  • Petunia - A bulldog and a student in "Bad Kitty: School Daze"
  • Dr. Lagomorph - A rabbit and archenemy of Strange Kitty's alter ego, Captain Fantasticat. Bruel mentioned that lagomorph is the biological name for the family of rabbits.
  • Reception

    Lynn Beckwith at Bookpage.com describes Kitty as "a joyfully silly portrait of a picky eater with attitude", and that Bruel's illustrations are bold and humorous.

    References

    Bad Kitty (series) Wikipedia


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