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Parents' Guide to

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Zany hijinks disguise terrific storytelling lesson.

Book Nick Bruel Learning 2014
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

it is a very very good book

i would totally recommend it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):
Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble is a brilliant bit of inspiration for budding writers. As he did in Bad Kitty for President, which deftly demystified U.S. politics, Nick Bruel lures readers with slapstick humor, then serves up a solid lesson on writing before they even realize they're learning. Bad Kitty is her usual cantankerous self, bristling at her creator's manipulations. Uncle Murray steps in to explain plot versus theme, closed versus open endings, and how a writer makes use of a dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary.
At the book's end, a character accuses the author of stealing the idea for the interplay between creator and character from Looney Tunes shorts. Bruel says those cartoons inspired him but he didn't copy them, and he encourages readers to write Bad Kitty books. A small quibble: If Bruel had shared his inspiration upfront, it would have been a good lesson on acknowledging source material. Bonus: At the end there's a recipe for roasted turnips.

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