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Bad Kitty Takes the Test

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sympathetic, sly send-up of testing is both smart and funny.

Book Nick Bruel School 2017
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Teachers and students will be tickled by Nick Bruel's kind but rebellious take on standardized testing. Respect the test, he advises, and take it seriously, but it's OK to giggle at the silliness of it all. Bad Kitty Takes the Test earns high marks all around: It's a wonderful book for kids who hate tests, kids who might love them too much, and everyone in between.

Bruel is a skilled satirist, and he's clearly no fan of standardized testing: The cat-licensing outfit is SCAM (for Society of Cat Aptitude Management), the prep class mostly involves watching an old video, and even the instructor implies it's a poor use of time. But that's no excuse to cheat or give up, Bruel makes clear. It's a sober message but delivered with the zany glee that makes the Bad Kitty series so much fun.

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