A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bad Kitty School Daze, like the other books in this popular series, delivers some very good messages through the outrageous behavior of its bad-tempered heroine. Brief asides shed light on why cats and dogs get along so poorly and explain how families can encourage their dog and cat to get along. Sensitive kids might be taken aback by Petunia's initially violent feelings toward cats.
What's the story?
Kitty and Puppy won't stop hissing, barking, and fighting, so their fed-up owner packs them off to obedience school. They enter Diabla Von Gloom's School for Wayward Pets with a self-proclaimed mutant supervillain rabbit and an intimidating bulldog who hates cats. Their teacher turns out to be patient and kind, helping to bring out the best in each pet as they go through familiar school activities: circle time, arts and crafts, show and tell, and so on. Kitty doesn't seem to have learned much in her day at school, but Miss Dee knows better -- and gets Kitty purring.
Is it any good?
This is another winning entry in Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty series. Kitty certainly isn't a cuddly cat, but she shows here she really can be a good friend. BAD KITTY SCHOOL DAZE will have kids howling with laughter, even as they absorb solid lessons on how to behave and why. They'll see the importance of kindness and empathy, even when it comes in a prickly package.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how appearances can be deceiving. The gloomy-looking school turns out to be fun, scary-looking Petunia is actually a softy, and seemingly simple-minded Puppy is gifted in art and music. Is Kitty really bad?
Why do you think the Bad Kitty series is so popular? What's fun about a character who gets in trouble?
Have you ever found someone who appeared to be mean or unpleasant but turned out to be really nice or funny?
- Author: Nick Bruel
- Illustrator: Nick Bruel
- Genre: Humor
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publication date: January 8, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 10
- Number of pages: 160
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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