Author: Nick Bruel
Illustrator: Nick Bruel
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publish Date: August 2008
The first lesson that all cat owners must learn is that …
For your own safety, please repeat this to yourself four thousand eight hundred ninety-three times.
–Bad Kitty Gets a Bathby Nick Bruel, pages 29, 32, 33
Bad Kitty Gets a Bathby Nick Bruel is a funny manual-esque book about – What else? – giving a cat a bath. Most of us who have or have had a cat knows the mortal danger of this proposition, and yet we still attempt such folly. As Bruel points out in this second book about Bad Kitty, there are times when it is necessary to baptize our feline family members for their health and our scented pleasure.
When these times occur, you must be prepared. Be aware you put your life in peril, risking the chance of suffering extreme blood loss and soiled underwear.
–Bad Kitty Gets a Bathby Nick Bruel, pages 38-39
After using bribery, begging and reverse psychology in a failed attempt to get Kitty into the tub, tell Kitty that you’ll be giving the dog a long, icy cold bath AFTER her. Her desire to watch Puppy suffer may help her to overcome her hatred of baths.
Without being mean-spirited or cruel, Bruel slides in facts about cats, such as their tongues are covered in papillae made from the same material as finger nails and facts about other cat species, making Bad Kitty Gets a Bath both entertaining and educational. It’s humorous pictures and funny content hides the fact it is a chapter book… the dreaded CHAPTER BOOK… and Maggie happily read it through. Her favorite part being the picture of Puff-Ball Kitty after she was dried.
Any time an author can teach while delighting young readers, especially those who balk at the bigger books, then the book is a success. And few things are funnier than the whole concept of bathing a cat, an animal with 20 daggers on its feet as well as needles in its mouth and toxic saliva that abhors the very mention of submersion and will shred you for thinking it let alone trying it.
I give Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel 4 out of 5 stars. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy it, either. I’ve had it on my wishlist since it came out last year. Maggie told me that the book fair her school’s having this week was selling it, so I sent her with money this morning and read it (out loud to the kids, lest I look silly) immediately :-)
I couldn’t decide between the last video or this one. Enjoy!
few things in this world are more pathetic looking than a wet cat. Poor kitties!
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