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From the Bad Kitty (chapter book) series, volume 6

by Nick Bruel & illustrated by Nick Bruel

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-59643-670-1
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

Can Diabla von Gloom's School for Wayward Pets take the "bad" out of Bad Kitty? 

When Baby gets hurt during a Bad Kitty/Poor Puppy screaming-hissing-howling chase, Bad Kitty's owners send the two pets to school. Much to Kitty's chagrin, her owner sends her off with a complete set of Love Love Angel Kitten (think: Hello Kitty on happy pills) accessories (like a backpack, ruler, bowling ball, cinder block and a full spectrum of pink crayons). Petunia, a cat-hating bulldog, and Dr. Lagomorph, “a diabolical mutant supervillain” (a bunny in a helmet made from a plastic bottle), fill out Kitty and Puppy's class. With their sweet, understanding teacher, Miss Dee, the students experience circle time (during which Petunia mistakes Kitty for a cow), arts and crafts, show and tell (Bad Kitty shows off her hairball talents) and storytime. Miss Dee encourages Bad Kitty, but will it be enough to erase her bad attitude? Bruel's sixth Bad Kitty chapter book is, as its predecessors, laid out in a mix of black-and-white panels, full-bleed illustrations and text. It offers as much dry, sly (and over-the-top) humor as it does attitude and is peppered with Uncle Murray's chapters of real information, this time centered on cat/dog interaction. Bad Kitty's Love Love Angel Kitten–inspired dream of zombie-cuteness (when she drifts off during storytime) is not to be missed.

Bad Kitty's legions of fans will not be disappointed. (Graphic hybrid fiction. 8-12)