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Author: Nick Bruel

Illustrator: Nick Bruel

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Publisher: Roaring Brook Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Meet Kitty. She has a unique personality and is very expressive about the things she does/doesn't want to do. That includes taking a bath. There are things you need to know about giving cats a bath ... and tricks for pulling it off. Which one will really work, though? This is, essentially, a graphic novel. There are lots of facts about cats built into the story, too.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child roared through the whole book ... and asked if we could trade the dog for a cat. She stayed up extra to read on her own, and loved flipping back through the book to recount various events for us.

Adult Reader Reaction: Go figure - after all that she wants a cat! The author has done a fabulous job introducing a broad array cat facts into this funny story about giving Kitty a bath. The illustrations add a lot, but you need to sit together to read it aloud or else some of it doesn't make sense. We will look for other books with Bad Kitty.

Pros: Silly events and hilarious illustrations will have kids roaring and turning the page all in one sitting.

Cons: None.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF   MAGIC TRIXIE   MAX DISASTER: Alien Eraser to the Rescue (Max Disaster #1)

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up an Advance Review Copy/ARC of this book at Book Expo America 2009

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, graphic novel, humor, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2009; August 2010

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