Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/5/11
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Get ready to party!
It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and she's wishing for a special gift. If she doesn't get it, well . . . things won't be pretty for her guests. The guest list includes Chatty Kitty, Strange Kitty, Stinky Kitty, and her other neighborhood "pals." Plus, don't forget Uncle Murray and Poor Puppy! Join in on the fun in this riotous companion to Bad Kitty Gets a Bath!
"The frenetic black-and-white illustrations are just plain hysterical. . . . Fun for all, especially fans." --Kirkus Reviews
"It's Bad Kitty's unapologetic, curmudgeon nature that delivers the laugh-out-loud funny." --Publishers Weekly
"Bruel's fast-paced humor is just right for the beginning chapter book set, and the interplay of the text with the comic black-and-white illustrations ratchets up the zaniness level. . . . A frenzied fusion of fiction and nonfiction with plenty of appeal for young readers." --School Library Journal商品の説明をすべて表示する
I told myself I would not buy graphic novels for my children as it would make it more difficult for them to read regular books. Then my daughter fell in love with this series. She is on the verge of crossing the line from early reader books like Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and Henry and Mudge to chapter books like Magic Tree House and this is an excellent way to encourage her to read more and build her reading stamina while having fun.
On a side note, this books makes me very happy that Bad Kitty does not live with us!
Yes, it has over 140 pages, but they are short, and it took us only about 10 minutes to read silently. We haven't finished reading it to our daughter yet, but I am guessing it would take about 45 minutes to read aloud, or maybe longer if you can't stop laughing.
There are informative facts about cats in the book, such as their crepuscular nature (not many kids' books use that word), how cat's claws grow, and why they shouldn't eat chocolate.
The book is long enough, and the vocabulary complex enough, that one might wonder if kids would like it. The answer is yes. Our 5-year-old daughter loves all four Bad Kitty books, both the long and the short ones, and finds them hilarious. I asked her why, and she said it was the biting and destruction. She also likes the illustrations and the stories.
For those who read the previous Bad Kitty books, it didn't seem as wordy as Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. Also, although the alphabet makes a triumphant return in the early pages, it is mostly a story, not an alphabet book. For those who haven't read the previous books, give them a try!