Bad Kitty

Bad Kitty

By Nick Bruel, illustrated by the author

Macmillan Young Listeners

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From the creator of The New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk -- four times over an in alphabetical order each time. Kitty is not happy hen she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill...and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake...) does she Apologize to Grandma.


Praise for Bad Kitty

“Nick Bruel’s picture book appeals to the sillier side of children, with its naughty heroine, comical illustrations, and clever twist on the alphabet book genre. The audio version accompanying the book is read by actress/singer Vanessa Williams, who plays up the craziness with her dynamic vocals. This is a wild and fun story for a read-aloud.” – Parents’ Choice Recommended


“Williams proves to be an expressive, enthusiastic, and polished narrator.” – Publishers Weekly


“Vanessa Williams narrates at a good clip yet giving listeners time to pore over the illustrations.” – AudioFile Magazine


“Vanessa Wiliams’s expressive, spirited narration is the perfect fit for Bad Kitty’s naughty (yet relatively harmless) shenanigans… This humorous alphabet book is a fun listen.” – School Library Journal

Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty won the 2008 K-3 Volunteer State Book Award, the Children’s Choice Award for Tennessee

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  • By Nick Bruel, illustrated by the author

  • Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing! and the Bad Kitty books, among others. He is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.
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Bad Kitty

Bad Kitty

By Nick Bruel, illustrated by the author

Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award (Wyoming Library Association)