Bad kitty gets a bath

Author Bruel, Nick
Language English
Publisher
New York: Square Fish/Roaring Brook Press, 2009




Annotation:

Takes a humorous look at the normal way cats bathe, why it is inappropriate for humans to bathe that way, and the challenges of trying to give a cat a real bath with soap and water. Includes fun facts, glossary, and other information.



Subjects :

  • Baths Juvenile Fiction
  • Humorous Stories
  • Baths Fiction
  • Illustrated Children's Books
  • Cats Juvenile Fiction
  • Cats Fiction

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Best Books :

  • Children's Catalog Supplement to Nineteenth Edition, 2009 , None

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award , None , 2011
  • Garden State Children's Book Award , Fiction , 2011
  • Gryphon Award , Children (13-18) , 2009
  • KC3 Book Award , None , 2011
  • Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award , Grades K-3 , 2011

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award; None 2011-2011
  • Golden Archer Award; Intermediate 2010-2011
  • Horned Toad Tales; None 2009-2010
  • KC3 Book Award; None 2010-2011
  • Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award; Grades K-3 2011-2011
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award; Young Reader 2012-2012
  • Wisconsin Battle of the Books; Elementary 2010-2011

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
650L

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 3.7
Interest Level 3-5
Title Point Value 3

Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Vocabulary
Interest Level LG
Accelerated Reader Points 0.5

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Reviews :

Elizabeth Bush (Bulletin)
Certain domestic tasks should be rewarded with combat pay, and washing the cat is high among them. Bruel presents a hilarious and at times even surprisingly informative set of directions on how to accomplish this perilous mission with the least angst and bloodshed. After establishing the fact that, hairballs notwithstanding, cats are generally able and well equipped to clean themselves, Bruel moves on to the most important information about the bathing process: CATS HATE BATHS. Having discussed this at riotous length, he proceeds to offer suggestions on how to prepare the bathroom (warm water, towels, armor, plasma), where to locate a cat gone into hiding, how to corral said cat in the bathroom, how to reason with the cat, how to wash and dry the cat, how to reestablish cordial relations with the cat. Bruel s demonstration kitty is actually a maniacal beast, bug-eyed, spike haired, prone to fits of violence and censored outbursts (in a note, editor Neal Porter at one point remarks, What Kitty says here is so horrible and repulsive that we could all go to jail for the rest of our lives if this was printed ). In short, this is the kind of kitten youngsters will embrace, as long as it s not their house that kitty is reducing to shambles. A couple of sly sendups of pet-tending books are tucked in, including a clueless fictional Uncle Murray expounding on cat care and a glossary that includes the term glossary at the tail end. Those who adore, scorn, or simply observe cats will all be equally anxious to sink their claws into this giddy offering Review Code: R* -- Recommended. A book of special distinction. (c) Copyright 2006, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2008, Porter/Roaring Brook, 125p., $13.95. Grades 2-4.
(PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2008.)

Shelle Rosenfeld (Booklist)
This follow-up to Bad Kitty (2005) pairs Bruel s witty asides and spastic, tongue-in-cheek commentaries with more high-energy cartoon illustrations. With hyperbolic humor, Bruel describes the dangerous process of cat bathing, from collecting the necessary tools (including cat shampoo and a suit of armor for humans), to finding and coaxing Kitty into the water, to dealing with your now-clean-though-very-unhappy animal. (One illustration suggests checking your sneakers for something awful inside. ) Following all of the scratching and hissing and spitting, a brief epilogue depicts bathing Puppy, a ridiculously simple process that cleverly highlights the elaborateness of Kitty s ritual. Packed into the chaos are fun facts, such as explanations for why cats hate water and the hows and whys of hairballs; a glossary of common cat sounds ; a few strategically placed editor s notes; and a not-so-serious glossary. Whether they prefer cats or dogs, young and reluctant readers will get plenty of laughs from this comic and informative chapter book. Grades 3-5
(PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2008.)

Midwest Book Review (CBW)
Written by the author of the "Bad Kitty" children's books, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath is a storybook about the trials and tribulations of giving a dirty black kitty a bath! Expressive black-and-white illustrations on almost every page are sure to bring a smile to the faces of cat lovers young and old. Beyond the humorous insights into the near-futility of getting a cat to do anything it doesn't want to do, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath also offers gentle, practical advice for bathing a cat: "Try not to pour water directly onto Kitty's head. Instead, use a soft, moist towel and gently wipe her face and head." Though over one hundred and twenty pages in length, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath is more of a visual storybook than a text novel, and is well suited to young picturebook readers who are just about ready to start reading slightly more complex fare. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath is also a wonderful giftbook for cat owners of all ages! The Pets/Wildlife Shelf ...., Roaring Brook Press, $13.95. n/a
(PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2008.)

Kirkus (Kirkus)
Bad Kitty usually cleans herself. Sometimes, however, when Poor Puppy chases her into a garbage can, for instance, she really needs a bath. Everyone knows that cats hate baths. "It's not that cats don't like baths. It's not that cats have a difficult relationship with baths...CATS HATE BATHS!" This helpful book gives readers instructions on how to give Kitty a bath when there are simply no other options. It begins with finding and catching Kitty, which is easier said than done. There's a helpful glossary of translations of the sounds Kitty is likely to make during the bath (one entry so R-rated it's censored by the editor), and another glossary at the back of the harder words in the text (including "glossary"). Bad Kitty has made her way through the alphabet and numbers up to 26 in previous outings, and in this heavily illustrated chapter book larded with science facts and plenty of laughs, she proves once again she's a force to be reckoned with. Multiple copies are a must. 2008, Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, 128p, $12.95. Category: Fiction. Ages 5 to 12. Starred Review. © 2008 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2008.)

L. A. Gallaway (Children's Literature)
Bad Kitty needs a bath and that means trouble! Nick Bruel creates a hilarious book by combining serious text with humorous illustrations. The book is presented as a simple instruction manual for how to give a kitty a bath, but there is humor around every soap bubble. When gathering supplies for giving kitty a bath, Bruel suggests soap, water, a towel, and a suit of armor (among other things). The instructions are interrupted with wrong turns (using a firm voice with kitty), dreams (in which kitty cooperates and gives you a bath filled with chocolate covered diamonds as a reward for all your hard work), and to ask puppy questions (to which his response is, Duh Arf?! ). The illustrations carry and expand the story with humor that motivates and supports the young reader. This book will captivate and delight a wide variety of readers. Anyone who loves (or hates) cats will get a good chuckle from this book: children and adults alike. 2008, A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press, $13.95. Ages 7 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2008.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Square Fish/Roaring Brook Press, 2009

Media Type: Language Material
125 p.:
PZ7.B82832 ([E])
0312581386
9780312581381
Originally published New York: Roaring Brook Press 2008. With additional material.
New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2008

Media Type: Language Material
125 p.:
PZ7.B82832 ([E])
9781596433410
1596433418
"A Neal Porter book."
New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2008

Media Type: Language Material
125 p.:
PZ7.B82832 ([E])
9781596433410
1596433418
9781596435209
1596435208
9780312581381
0312581386
"A Neal Porter book."
Roaring Brook Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2008.,

Media Type:

0312581386
1596435208
9781596435209
1596433418
9780312581381
9781596433410

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