Bad Kitty Goes on Vacation

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Funny, satirical theme park adventure on colorful pages.

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Educational Value

Some facts about cats. Introduction to satirical writing style.

Positive Messages

Appreciate people's kindness and pay attention to details to better understand them.

Positive Role Models

Uncle Murray tries to do nice things for Kitty, who returns the favor along with other animal friends.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bad Kitty Goes on Vacation, the 14th installment in Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty series, is a funny, satirical, full-color adventure with humor for a variety of reading levels. When Uncle Murray wins a vacation to an amusement park that features a character Kitty and her friends love, the duo finds that things aren't as happy as they seem. The dialogue is snappy, with some repetition that's great for beginning readers. Older readers might get the reference to an unnamed, overpriced amusement park with an animal theme, and the colorful illustrations pop off the page. There are some facts about cats, and a nice message about reciprocating kindness.

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What's the story?

In BAD KITTY GOES ON VACATION, Uncle Murray wins a vacation for two to Love Love Angel Kitty World, a theme park that Kitty and her friends are obssessed with. Traveling there doesn't go as planned, and neither does the hotel stay. Uncle Murray is sure everything will be better once they make it inside the park, but even that turns into trouble, especially when they discover who's really running the operation.

Is it any good?

Packed with funny one-liners and plenty of satire, the story here is simple and fun, and the full-color illustrations help bring over-the-top characters to life. Bad Kitty Goes on Vacation is a solid addition to Nick Bruel's graphic novel-style adventures, balancing advanced vocabulary and layered story depth for advanced readers, with word repetition and a simple plot for younger ones. It's a fast read, with facts about cats and a message of kindness and gratitude at the end.

Older readers and adults reading aloud will catch the comparison to another overpriced, overstimulating theme park with an animal mascot, which can lead to some discussions about merchandising and the power of advertising.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the animals in Bad Kitty Goes on Vacation take care of Uncle Murray. What makes their behavior special? What kinds of things could you do for someone who has been nice to you?

  • How would their trip have changed if Uncle Murray hadn't bought all those souvenirs? Do you think those things are necessary to have fun?

  • What other graphic novels have you read?

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