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 Bad Kitty drawn to trouble (Bad Kitty)
 Author: Bruel, Nick

 Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 127 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 163331 ISBN: 9781596436718
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Cats -- Fiction
 Authorship -- Fiction
 Illustration of books -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
Chapter Books
Humorous Fiction

Price: $21.18

Author/illustrator Nick Bruel tries to explain to the reader how to write a story, but Bad Kitty is not at all happy about the plot, which has her going on a turnip diet to lose weight. Includes a recipe for roasted turnips.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 163431
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 62403

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 3 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/13)
   School Library Journal (03/01/14)
   Booklist (01/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2014 Bad Kitty makes her tenth appearance in this humorous (and partly nonfiction!) introduction to writing stories. Bruel teaches readers how to draw Bad Kitty and write stories of their own by introducing key story components (plot, conflict, character, etc.) and demonstrating them with good old Bad Kitty, who proves an unwilling model. Beginning with the simple scenario of putting Bad Kitty on a diet, things quickly become outrageous as new concepts are introduced. Fun Facts and a glossary are included to help readers grasp the fundamentals of composition. Bruel’s sky’s-the-limit attitude will encourage boys and girls to use their imaginations and get writing. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 03/01/2014 Gr 2–4—In this seventh installment in the series, readers are introduced to the process of writing and illustrating a book in a fun and humorous way. Bruel employs his signature style of addressing readers directly; he begins the book with a step-by-step demonstration of how to draw Bad Kitty and moves on to describe the necessary ingredients of a successful story. Through the process of describing story elements such as protagonist, antagonist, and conflict, the author creates some scenarios that Kitty finds objectionable (most notably, an all-turnip diet), but eventually she convinces him to rewrite the story in her favor. Many of the usual secondary characters (Uncle Murray, Puppy, Strange Kitty, etc.) make an appearance in this volume, and there are some unexpected additions, including a zombie, a giant octopus, and a talking turnip named Terry. Bruel makes no attempt to hide the fact that the intent of this book is to teach readers how to write stories, but his informal writing style and hilarious illustrations make the lesson seem like a fun opportunity rather than a chore. Fans of the naughty feline will not be disappointed by this new volume, and when they finish reading it, they will have the tools, along with the encouragement of Bruel himself, to create their own Bad Kitty-inspired adventures.—Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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