PUPPY'S BIG DAY by Nick Bruel


From the "Bad Kitty (chapter book)" series
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Age Range: 8 - 11
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Puppy and Uncle Murray escape a rampaging Bad Kitty for a day’s adventure on the town.

Bad Kitty’s acting crazier than usual. Puppy never minds, but Uncle Murray rescues him anyway, and the two go for a walk. Uh-oh! Uncle Murray forgot Puppy’s leash, so he gets a ticket from a police officer. Puppy has to do his business and…Uncle Murray has no bags to clean up—another ticket. Puppy’s collar and tags are at home…another ticket. Poor Uncle Murray! Maybe a trip to the dog park will help. Puppy meets a new friend—in the way puppies do—and when he and Uncle Murray get separated, Puppy ends up in the pound. Will Uncle Murray rescue him? What about Puppy’s new friends? And what of Bad Kitty’s conniption? Bruel lets Bad Kitty’s drooling, happy canine sibling have a tale of his own. As in previous chapter-book–length outings in the series, the story is heavily illustrated and dotted with two-page informational spreads. This time, Bad Kitty takes over Uncle Murray’s lecturing duties to speak on differences in potty habits between cats and dogs and the reasons dogs sniff bottoms. Perhaps it’s not the best of the series, but it offers plenty of good, goofy fun that’s ever-so-slightly instructional.

Bad Kitty fans will certainly embrace Puppy’s first outing since Poor Puppy (2007). (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-11)

Pub Date: Jan. 6th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-59643-976-4
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/First Second
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2014


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