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Bad Kitty: 04/29/09

Bad Kitty is the first of three books (the other two being Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty Gets a Bath) featuring a "bad bad BAD kitty" who wasn't always bad. Bad Kitty is destructive when things don't go her way. She's somewhere between your typical cat and your typical toddler.

Like many picture books for the children in pre-school to early elementary school, Bad Kitty uses the alphabet to frame its story. In most of the alphabetic picture books I've read, the alphabetic sequence is completed one, maybe twice. In Bad Kitty, the sequence is completed four times.

The book can be divided into the bad and the good of Bad Kitty's day. The family she lives with have run out of cat food. They offer her instead a variety of vegetarian options from A to Z. Kitty retaliates twenty six times, in alphabetical order (of course). Kitty though gets a chance to redeem herself when her family returns with things better than cat food including things like "an assortment of anchovies" and sillier things like "Uncle Al." Kitty undoes her bad things (in a slightly different but still alphabetical order) and decides not to eat Uncle Al (much to his relief, I'm sure).

As with any book in a series, it ends on a cliff hanger. Kitty for being so good gets a reward. Except it's not exactly what she was hoping for. Can you guess what it is?

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Comment #1: Thursday, April, 30, 2009 at 11:03:58

Margo Dill

Hey, thanks for including my blog here! I love this book, and Nick Bruel stopped by my blog and left some GREAT comments. Check them out in the comments section of the Bad Kitty post on Read These Books and Use Them! :)

Thanks again,

Comment #2: Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 15:43:35


You're welcome. I like his advice on doing alphabet games. We do that sort of thing at home.

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