Monday, December 31, 2012

Book Review: A Bad Kitty Christmas

Written and Illustrated by: Nick Bruel
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Series: Bad Kitty
Ages: 4 and up
Source: Purchased
Buy: Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | amazon

Rating: 5 stars - I loved it!

Synopsis: "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY."

A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel's first picture book about Bad Kitty since the uproarious Poor Puppy in 2007 is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas cheer.

My youngest daughter adores all of the Bad Kitty chapter books and when I saw that this picture book was out just in time for Christmas, I just had to add it to her stocking.

I was prepared for the usual Bad Kitty mayhem and mischief, but I wasn't prepared for the level of melancholy. Trust me, it's beautifully presented. Because the holidays are not all about the gifts, wrapping and pretty lights on trees, they're about friends and family. Nick gets that point across to the littlest readers as well as the adults who may be reading or in my case having the book read to them.

This story will now be a holiday favorite. Thanks Nick for allowing me to discuss with my daughter what's really important around holiday time. And yes, there's a gorgeous ending. Pick it up at your favorite bookstore. I see that some e-tailers have it on sale now.

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