A Bad Kitty Christmas
A Bad Kitty Christmas

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Series: Bad Kitty   

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Annotation: After destroying all of the gifts and decorations at home, Bad Kitty escapes from the car on Christmas Eve and finds a new friend, who helps her learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Catalog Number: #56157
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-596-43668-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-52072-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-596-43668-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-52072-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2010037814
Dimensions: 28 cm.
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Language: English
ALA Booklist
'Twas the night before Christmas and Bad Kitty has already opened all the presents: "Though there were presents and bundles and boxes galore, Kitty was angry. She wanted MORE." Disgruntled Kitty runs away, and a kind elderly woman takes her in. She doesn't have much, and soon Kitty comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Echoing the rhythm and rhyme scheme of "The Night Before Christmas," the story includes three romps through the alphabet, as well as alternating first-person narratives and colorful comic-style illustrations. Humor and heart combine here in an entertaining holiday read that Bad Kitty fans will especially love.
Horn Book
In this "Night Before Christmas" parody, Bad Kitty ruins an entire alphabet's worth of Christmas presents then runs away from home. A kindly old lady takes Kitty in and shares her holiday spirit. Once reunited with her family, Kitty returns the favor in a satisfying conclusion. Bruel slyly adapts the familiar poetic structure; Kitty's over-the-top expressions make her bad behavior even funnier.
Kirkus Reviews
Bruel continues the hilarious adventures of Bad Kitty with a "Night Before Christmas" theme in this latest entry in his successful series about the alphabet-obsessed pet. Bad Kitty exhibits her customary bad-to-the-bone behavior as she tears through presents and decorations in alphabetical order, from ambushing an angel to zapping the narrator's zeal. But all that chaos isn't enough for the fearless feline, because she also dreams of an improbable Christmas banquet, enumerated in another alphabetical litany of hypothetical treats such as fried yak with zebra tail. After a scolding, Bad Kitty runs away from home, and as darkness falls on Christmas Eve, she is rescued by a tiny, elderly woman. The lady shares her family photos with the cat, launching another amusing alphabetical list of her extended family. Though the rhyming text is humorous, the kindly woman also makes some gentle comments about the important aspects of celebrating Christmas with family, and her kindness is repaid when Bad Kitty takes her home for Christmas. The cartoon-style illustrations and multiple-panel format will draw in reluctant readers who might resist a Christmas story, but, really, who can resist Bad Kitty, with all her funny faces and amusing antics? A witty and original take on the old Christmas Eve chestnut, with a sweet twist to season the fun. (Picture book. 3-8)
Publishers Weekly
---Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city/ Not a creature was stirring... except for Bad Kitty.- Riffing on Clement Clarke Moore-s -A Visit from St. Nicholas,- Bruel takes readers through the alphabet as his crazy-comical cat wrecks the holiday (-The Eggnog was Ended./ The Fruitcake was Flung-). After a scolding, Kitty runs away in the big city only to be rescued by a kind soul who knows a few things about Christmas spirit. Kitty-s zany antics, three romps through the alphabet, and a warm reunion make this a gift indeed for Bad Kitty fans. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3&12; Fans of Bad Kitty will not be surprised that she is up to no good again. Through a mash-up of odd alphabet lists and riffs on "The Night before Christmas," a litany of the feline's pranks is conveyed in bold graphic panels and uneven rhymes. Bad Kitty wants MORE for Christmas until she escapes from her family car and is rescued by a lonely old woman who teaches her that the true meaning of Christmas is "FAMILY." Puppy rescues Kitty and they both take the old lady home, where she is adopted by their owners. If madcap destruction and comic antics are dear to your Kitty fans, recommend this title. Others may want a calmer holiday.&12; Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 1,355
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 146502 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q55447
Lexile: AD520L

A HILARIOUS NEW HOLIDAY PICTURE BOOK ABOUT EVERYONE'S FAVORITE NAUGHTY FELINE "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY." A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel's first picture book about Bad Kitty since the uproarious Poor Puppy in 2007 is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas cheer.

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