Search Results: "Nick Bruel"


BOOK REVIEW

BAD KITTY DRAWN TO TROUBLE by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Surprisingly (and sneakily) instructional, totally hilarious…and worth every penny. (glossary, recipe) (Graphic/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Bad Kitty takes on her greatest foe: Sillier than Puppy, mightier than Uncle Murray, scarier than a bath…it's her creator! Read full book review >

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A WONDERFUL YEAR by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"From silly to quite touching, an array of emotions spans this whole wide, wonderful year. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A comics-style look at the seasons in four short episodes of buffoonery. Read full book review >

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PUPPY'S BIG DAY by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Bad Kitty fans will certainly embrace Puppy's first outing since Poor Puppy (2007). (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-11)"
Puppy and Uncle Murray escape a rampaging Bad Kitty for a day's adventure on the town. Read full book review >

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LITTLE RED BIRD by Nick Bruel
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"When you choose your own way, there's a price you must pay—it's a quandary as old as all time. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Little Red Bird "had all she could need— / She had water and seed / And plenty to read," but she longed, we are told, to be ever so bold: to spread her red wings and to see all the things outside of her place and the curtains of lace at the window of her dim abode. Read full book review >

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BAD KITTY SCHOOL DAZE by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Bad Kitty's legions of fans will not be disappointed. (Graphic hybrid fiction. 8-12)"
Can Diabla von Gloom's School for Wayward Pets take the "bad" out of Bad Kitty? Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BAD KITTY by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Fun for all, especially fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Bad Kitty is back; and, just like every morning, she doesn't want to get out of bed. Read full book review >

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BAD KITTY by Nick Bruel
Kirkus Star
by Nick Bruel, illustrated by Nick Bruel
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Even the alphabet-experienced will love this bad, bad kitty! (Picture book. 3-9)"
She may be a "bad bad BAD Kitty," but she's the star of an alphabet book that should be in every collection. Read full book review >

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BOB AND OTTO by Robert O. Bruel
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Illustrated and published posthumously by Robert's son, Nick, this is a charming tribute to friendship and the stories all parents tell their children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Bruels explore the transformative power of friendship in this clever tale of a worm and a caterpillar. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR TROUBLE by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"The addition of multi-syllabic dinosaur names and Latinate vocabulary words add extra appeal. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Replacing his usual stock of farm animals with an older, more primitive cast, King-Smith pits families of Pterodactyls and Apatosaurs against a predatory T. rex. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE MISHMASH TREES by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"That's about it for plot, but the names are so silly, and Bruel does such a masterful job of depicting the blobby cast (in spots the gombrizils look like proto-Simpsons) that early-reader graduates can't help but break out in giggles. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Another short, cozy animal (to use the term loosely) tale from the master of same. Read full book review >

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BAD KITTY GETS A BATH by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Multiple copies are a must. (Fiction. 5-12)"
Bad Kitty usually cleans herself. Read full book review >

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BOING! by Nick Bruel
by Nick Bruel, illustrated by Nick Bruel
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A substantial leap over David McKee's similarly themed but pedestrian Elmer and the Kangaroo (2000) and a jumpstart on counting. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Common sense works when encouragement doesn't in this bouncy solo debut. Read full book review >