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What's the story?
In BAD KITTY DRAWN TO TROUBLE, author-illustrator Nick Bruel first introduces himself and then takes readers through a Bad Kitty story, introducing Kitty as the main character and proposing a few ideas for settings before deciding on Kitty's home. The story needs conflict: Kitty loves to eat, but she needs to go on a diet. Puppy comes in as the antagonist who eats all of Kitty's food. She faints from shock, and the author proposes putting her on an all-turnip diet to recover. Kitty packs her bags to leave, but a giant octopus at the door forces her back. Bruel brings it all together for a closed ending, with Kitty now loving turnips -- but Kitty doesn't like that ending and convinces him to bring back her usual heaping pile of cat food.
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Talk to your kids about ...
- Families can talk about the elements of storytelling with a favorite bedtime story, TV show, or movie. Can you identify a plot point, the antagonist, or a MacGuffin?
- What's the difference between creating media inspired by another creative work -- such as Bad Kitty -- and copying?
- Do you prefer stories with open endings or closed endings?
- Author: Nick Bruel
- Illustrator: Nick Bruel
- Genre: Learning
- Topics: Book Characters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publication date: January 7, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 10
- Number of pages: 128
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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