Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Children's Book Review: A Bad Kitty Christmas

A Bad Kitty Christmas
A Bad Kitty Christmas
Written by: Nick Bruel
Published by: Roaring Brook Press, 2011
40 pages

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.

* Nick Bruel introduced readers to Bad Kitty in 2005 and she now stars in seven books, some picture books, some chapter books.  A Bad Kitty Christmas blends a Christmas story and several alphabet lists, which my daughter was quick to notice and point out.  I thought that some of the alphabets were stretched a little bit to make them fit the story.  The vocabulary was slightly advanced for young kids, and I spent a lot of time having to stop and explain what different words meant, while reading this aloud to my kids. Make sure you have plenty of time to read this one, because it is pretty lengthy and is not a quick, bedtime read!  Overall though, I thought the story had a good message and it was a nice holiday read.  I also didn't realize until reading the book jacket that Nick Bruel is a local author, who lives in Tarrytown, NY!   
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.  Good story,  but a little long with difficult vocabulary for my kids.

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