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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The author uses Kitty to illustrate key elements of story construction, including protagonists and antagonists, the importance of conflict, open and closed endings, plot points, and even MacGuffins. Starred words are defined in an appendix. There's a note at the end about copying other people's work versus being inspired by it.
Positive MessagesYour story is your story: You can take it in any direction you wish. It's OK to be inspired by someone else's idea so long as you make the story your own.
Positive Role Models
The author (as narrator) encourages readers to try their hands at writing stories, even making their own Bad Kitty stories. Aside from Kitty, the cartoon characters are generally polite and well-behaved.
Violence & ScarinessKitty's menaced by a lion, a polar bear, and a zombie who loses body parts, though it's played for laughs and isn't at all frightening. She rips up a book because she's unhappy with the story and kicks an anthropomorphic turnip. She's pictured leaping at the author, who then complains that he's choking, cold, and in darkness.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that although Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble is enjoyable and funny as an illustrated book, it's really a very smart guide to writing stories. Bad Kitty lives up to her name: She's grouchy, uncooperative, and uninterested in playing well with others, and that's the central conflict driving the humor. The author-illustrator pays homage to classic Looney Tunes shorts by teasing and manipulating Kitty to illustrate his points.
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