Great Illustrated Books

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Bad Kitty series)

By Nick Bruel

Roaring Brook Press, 2008
Pages : 128
Suggested Ages: 4-8
ISBN: 9780312581381

You think you have a problem pet that rules your roost? Get a load of this quintessential bad kitty, a sleek, black, rowdy ruffian who is none too happy about getting a bath. OK, that's an understatement. Usually, Kitty licks herself clean, though we see her going overboard here, licking herself for hours, and then hukking up a Herculean hairball. But sometimes, every now and again (like when Poor Puppy chases her across the page and out the door and into the path of a falling garbage can filled with fish bones and banana peels), Kitty needs a real bath. Uh, oh. Stated in huge letters, on page 29 of this deadpan illustrated instructional manual, is this important statement: "The first lesson that all pet owners must learn is that "CATS HATE BATHS." (Those three words take up a whole page.) Just in case you prefer learning from pictures rather than words, there's an equation provided in picture form on the next page: Bad Kitty + Dripping Faucet=NUCLEAR EXPLOSION. In the four uproarious chapters, each of which will make your gut ache from all the belly laughing, you'll find lots of practical information and advice. There are pages of Uncle Murray's Fun Facts, including one that provides labeled drawings of the items you will need for Kitty's bath (including cat shampoo, brush, dry towels, suit of armor, and an ambulance in the driveway with the engine running); and a glossary of common cat sounds and their meanings (including MEOWR REOWR FFT!, which means "Unless you're really tired of living, please respect that I am in a really bad mood.").

Reviewed by :


If you love this book, then try:

Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty. Roaring Brook, 2005.

Bruel, Nick. Poor Puppy. Roaring Brook, 2007.

Bruel, Nick. Who Is Melvin Bubble? Roaring Brook, 2006.

Hicks, Barbara Jean. The Secret Life of Walter Kitty. Knopf, 2007.

Miller, Sara Swan. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat. Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Palatini, Margie. Tub-Boo-Boo. Simon & Schuster, 2001.

Teague, Mark. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School. Scholastic, 2002.

Teague, Mark. Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation. Scholastic, 2004.

Critics have said

Bad Kitty has made her way through the alphabet and numbers up to 26 in previous outings, and in this heavily illustrated chapter book larded with science facts and plenty of laughs, she proves once again she's a force to be reckoned with. Multiple copies are a must.