Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
A Wonderful Year

A Wonderful Year

Nick Bruel

Roaring Brook Press


A quirky, inventive, and completely original picture book about the seasons, from the creator of the bestselling Bad Kitty series

A really cold winter.

A demented fairy.

A hippo named Louise.

A talkative tree.

Find out what other wonderful things a year can bring in these four interrelated stories—one for each season—by Nick Bruel, creator of the bestselling Bad Kitty books.

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

Praise for A Wonderful Year

“Bruel takes readers on a strange trip through the four seasons as experienced by a little girl, her talking cat, and her massive purple hippo Louise.” —BCCB

“Bruel provides an idiosyncratic take on the four seasons, as seen through the eyes of one imaginative little girl and her animal buddies . . . The girl's rich imaginary life and freedom from adult interference, couple with accessible language and chuckle-worthy situations, make this a book to pore over” —The Horn Book

“Take a tour through the seasons with a girl and a delightfully odd cast of characters . . . A curious, fun addition to studies about the seasons.” —Booklist

“Bruel takes readers on a walk through the seasons with a girl and her animal friends . . . This clever, engaging introduction to visual storytelling will hold up through multiple readings.” —School Library Journal

“*A comics-style look at the seasons in four short episodes of buffoonery . . . From silly to quite touching, an array of emotions spans this whole wide, wonderful year.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Bruel offers surefire readaloud laughs as well as space for pondering.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED


Reviews from Goodreads

Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series, including the 2012 and 2013 CBC Children's Choice Book Award winners Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President. Nick has also written and illustrated popular picture books, including Who is Melvin Bubble? and Bob and Otto. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Westchester, New York.

For Parents and Educators

Get the Activity Guide

Download the A Wonderful Year projects for children to do at home and in the classroom

Download PDF

Roaring Brook Press

Latest on Facebook