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BAD KITTY GETS A BATH by Nick Bruel Kirkus Star


From the Bad Kitty (chapter book) series, volume 1

by Nick Bruel & illustrated by Nick Bruel

Age Range: 5 - 12

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-341-0
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

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. (Fiction. 5-12)