Perfect Picture Book Friday – A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel AND A Giveaway!

7 Dec

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a Bad Kitty book AND a Christmas book! Great combo at this time of year!

baddkittyxmasA Bad Kitty Christmas

By Nick Bruel

40 pages – ages 4+

Published by Roaring Brook Press on September 13, 2011

Theme/Topic – Christmas Spirit/Being Grateful/Alphabet/Rhyming

Opening and Synopsis – 

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the city
Not a creature was stirring …
… Except for Bad Kitty.

Kitty has ruined the presents for Christmas. She’s being GREEDY and a bad, BAD Kitty and she doesn’t seem to care. As Kitty and her family are driving to Uncle Murray’s house for a visit, Kitty jumped out the window because she was still mad she got yelled at! Kitty soon regrets what she did. She is cold, lost miserable and surrounded by rats! She hid in an alley and was found by a poor, but kindly, old lady. The lady brings her to her apartment and teaches her the true spirit of Christmas. Kitty then realizes what she did and gets homesick. Will anyone come to find her?

Why I liked this book – First off, Bad Kitty + Christmas + Rhyme + Alphabet = a very funny, book about the true spirit of Christmas and a (very) naughty cat. Need I say more? Well the long version is; I really liked this version of Bad Kitty and Mr. Bruel REALLY made funny rhymes (and alphabet sets – yes! There are FIVE alphabet sets in this book and they all rhyme!) to go with the book. He is one creative guy! What is even better is that along with all those alphabet sets, there is an awesome story about family and what Christmas is really about.  I really like how this book teaches the true meaning of Christmas in a funny, Bad Kitty way! I think kids and adults will really enjoy this book. It is also great for a read aloud, especially for Christmas!

AND – As a Christmas gift to one lucky reader, I picked up a copy of this (wonderful) book at the Lititz Book festival, asked Mr. Bruel to sign it (which he did) and brought it back for a giveaway for Christmas! Read on to see how to enter to win!

Activities and Resources –

You can visit Mr. Bruel’s website HERE to learn more about him and Bad Kitty.

You can read a great PPBF review of the first Bad Kitty book by Ms. Barbara from Grade ONEderful HERE!

A great activity for this time of year is to talk to your child about the Christmas Spirit and helping someone in need by donating to a charity! HERE is a great post from Kirsten Larson of the Creating Curious Kids blog about giving to charities and getting kids involved!

I’ve heard Mr. Bruel talk at a couple of events and I like how he says that Bad Kitty belongs to everyone, not just him. One great activity to do with your kid is to write your own Bad Kitty adventure. I wrote a couple on my own and in fact, I hosted a kid-writing contest last year where I had 46 kids enter the contest! You can see the winners HERE.

Here is an entry that won a prize and it is good for this time of year –


It was submitted by Isabell age 6. She wrote “Bad Kitty jumped in a pile of tartar sauce and got tartar sauce all over the tree” – Christmas tree that is! It is cool to see how creative you can be with a Bad Kitty adventure!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

Now for what (some of) you have been waiting for, the giveaway!

  1. The Prize: A signed copy of A Bad Kitty Christmas!
  2. The Requirements: You comment on this post. That’s all. NEXT!
  3. The Ending: Thursday, December 13, 2012. Josie will pick a random winner on Friday the 14th and I will announce it in next week’s PPBF post.

Good luck and Thanks For Reading! 😀

73 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday – A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel AND A Giveaway!”

  1. jama December 7, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Meowwwwwwwwwwwww! What a bad, bad kitty — and a great review! The premise sounds very funny and there are alphabet sets to boot? Wow! Love that you hosted a writing contest too. Thanks for the fun post. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 7, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      Thanks Ms. Rattigan! I am glad you like my post! You are in the giveaway! 🙂


  2. readingwithrhythm December 7, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Bad Kitty at Christmas! What a great thought! This looks like an excellent book! some of my favorite things — Rhymes, alphabets, and finding out how important home is. Thanks for sharing this book!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 7, 2012 at 8:19 am #

      I am glad you like my choice Rhythm! 🙂 I think you would love this book – there’s a puppy in it! 😉


  3. Michelle Isenhoff December 7, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    I love Bad Kitty. I didn’t know there was a Christmas one! Great read aloud for T-man’s class!! (I don’t need to enter the contest as I’ve already won on your blog before.)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 7, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      My Mom just read it aloud to Josie’s class! All of the kids really liked it! I hope T-Man’s class likes it! 😀


  4. Genevieve Petrillo December 7, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    We love Bad Kitty. Mom says Bad Kitty is nothing like me at all. Then she giggles….. That’s a good thing right?

    Loive and licks,


  5. Robyn Campbell December 7, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    I’d love to have this book. It sounds great and you did a super job on the review. Bad Kitty sounds so cute! I love books based on animals. That message is fantastical. *waves*


  6. Joanna December 7, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    I love Bad Kitty, but have,’t read this one. I am so impressed by the author including all those alphabet series!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      It was funny to hear Mr. Bruel talk about how challenging it was to do. He said he really wanted to torture himself and make everything rhyme! 🙂


  7. Catherine Johnson December 7, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    This sounds great and I bet lots of kids can relate to what it feels like being naughty instead of nice coming up to Christmas. So cool of you to do a giveaway, Erik!


  8. Kirsten Larson December 7, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. If we are the lucky winners, we will gladly add it to our Christmas book basket. Great review, Erik!


    • Kirsten Larson December 7, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      Oh, and I failed to say, thanks for the mention on your fabulous blog! Yours is definitely one of our favorites.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks Ms. Larson! You are in for the drawing!


  9. julie rowan zoch December 7, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I haven’t read any Bad Kitty books yet, but it looks as though I might really like them! (Don’t put my name in the bowl though – I was lucky on your blog too recently!), Also, just wanted to let you know, after you watch The Quiet Man’, watch E.T. (again, if that’s the case), and then let me know if anything ‘rings a bell’! Have a wonderful weekend!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      I think you would really like Bad Kitty Ms. Zoch! I haven’t watched the Quiet Man or ET… yet. 😉


      • julie rowan zoch December 8, 2012 at 11:41 am #

        Just got out Bad Kitty Gets a Bath! Thanks Erik.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:44 am #

        My favorite part of that one is the list of things you need to give Kitty a bath hee hee…


  10. Donna L. Sadd December 7, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Great post Erik! This book sounds fantastic. :0)


  11. Jarm Del Boccio December 7, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    What a clever twist…almost reminds me of a kitty’s version of “A Christmas Carol”!


  12. Patricia Tilton December 7, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Such a perfect pick for Christmas Erik — it has all the right ingredients for a fun Christmas book. I have only read Bad Kitty on your blog and have loved your reviews. Need to add this to my great granddaughter’s Christmas book list — she loves cats.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      I am glad you like my review Ms. Tilton! I bet your grand-daughter would love this book!


  13. Renee C. December 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    I swear those books were written about one of our cats – he totally fits the mold! lol FYI, we will not enter the contest just wanted to drop by and say hello and say “Great Review”. I love your idea of a kid-writing contest. Hope you get a chance to do it again. 😀


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      I think a lot of people have or had) a Bad Kitty. We had one, her name was Steve. She was a bad BAD Kitty! 🙂


  14. Loni Edwards Writer-Illustrator December 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for adding it to the list! I love the contest winners illustration/writing you posted. It is perfect for the holiday season! Great post Erik!


  15. Laura Anne Miller December 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Erik – this sounds like a fun Christmas read. I haven’t read any bad kitty books yet and now I’m going to be sure to check them out. How awesome of you to have a give away too. By the way – how did you get it to snow on your website? – I love it.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Ms. Miller! It is a really great Christmas story. Mr. Bruel writes picture and middle grade Bad Kitty books and I like them all. 🙂 “Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray” is my favorite (it’s a middle grade book). If you have a WordPress blog you go to your “dashboard” then go to “settings” and then “general” and all the way down at the bottom is a box to check if you want snow until January 4th 2013!


  16. Beth Stilborn December 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Bad Kitty is one of my favorite book-kitties! He is so very very bad! 😉

    It’s awesome that there’s a Bad Kitty at Christmas book, and even more awesome that you’re having a giveaway!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Bad Kitty is very bad! Thanks Ms. Stilborn! You are in for the give-away. 🙂


  17. Brandi Snow December 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    My 4 year old daughter loves the bad kitty books. She’s always asking my husband to make up more bad kitty stories for her.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      Thank you for visiting my blog Ms. Snow. 🙂 It is fun to make up your own Bad Kitty stories! You are in for the drawing! 😀


  18. patientdreamer December 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Very cool review Erik! Love this Bad Kittie at Christmas time book. What wonderful idea to do a Christmas Time giveaway. Your’re the Man! Yeah, how did you get the snow to fall on your blog? Awesome!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Thank you Ms. Tulloch! It is a very fun book! 🙂 To get the snow – (I think you do have a WordPress blog) you go to your “dashboard” then go to “settings” and then “general” and all the way down at the bottom is a box to check if you want snow until January 4th 2013!


  19. KidLitReviews December 8, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    I have this book and, honest engine, I read this book this morning to my cat–the fairly good one. Isn’t this a great book. How does Nick do it every time!!

    Great review Erik. (stop beating me to the punch. 3rd book you reviewed online first. ;_) )


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      HA HA! Great minds think alike! 😉


      • KidLitReviews December 10, 2012 at 3:52 am #

        Oh, and the comments! 65 seriously? I’ll review it and geet lucky to have 3! WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??


  20. Sandi Purdell-Lewis December 8, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    You have convinced me to join on the Bad Kitty fa club. Alphabet, rhyming, and gratitude – pretty much all a kindergarten teacher could wish for! Sounds like it would be a good companion book to Pete the Cat Saves Chrirstmas which is all about “giving your all” at Christmas. Got my fingers crossed for your giveaway. thanks 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      I haven’t read Pete the Cat saves Christmas, but it is on my list to read! I think kids and adults will love A Bad Kitty Christmas! You are in for the drawing! 😉


  21. Penny Klostermann December 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I love this book!!! I haven’t read Pet the Cat Save Christmas either…and it’s on my list, too! So many books…so little time 🙂
    Thanks for the great review!
    Oh…I’ve read it, but don’t own it,so I would love to win it!!


  22. Jon Snow December 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Meow, meow meowmeow meow MEOW!!!

    Mrawwwwwrrrrr meow meow…fft fffffft mrow!!



    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      ME-WOW! 😉 Purrrr. (Translated that means thanks for the comment and you are in the drawing!)


  23. Anonymous December 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Hi Erik. I think I’ll be in the bad kitty drawling competition


  24. ethanlaj December 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Erik. I think I will be in the competition


  25. ethanlaj December 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Emma will be entering too


  26. Mr. Laj December 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    This comment has been entered into the competition


  27. Emma Laj December 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Awesome! I love Bad Kitty books!!!


  28. Susanna Leonard Hill December 9, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Okay, well I’m apparently the last one here because I’m so behind this week, but I LOVE Bad Kitty, and though I haven’t seen her Christmas book yet, I would LOVE to win it! I just love the whole concept of Bad Kitty – she and I have a lot in common 🙂 Thanks for adding this fabulous title to our list, Erik! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Hill! I’m glad you like my pick! You are in for the drawing! 🙂


  29. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog December 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I haven’t read a Bad Kitty book yet- but I have heard such good things about them. I loved your review and now I know a little bit more about why they are considered so great. I would love to win this book! I think it is so exciting that you have met this author a few times. They sound so nice! Thanks for the review and giveaway.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      Mr. Bruel is VERY nice (and talented). I like how he writes Bad Kitty picture and middle grade books. I hope you like them if you read them 🙂 You are in the drawing!


  30. Barbara December 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Erik! My class loves Bad Kitty! I love your idea of the kids writing their own bad kitty adventures. I think I might do that, too.
    Thanks also for the link to my blog. That’s very kind of you.
    Take care!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      When I did my contest, I had a whole first grade class enter! They said they had a lot of fun doing it. 🙂 Thank YOU for taking the time to comment on my blog! 🙂 (by the way, you are in to win the book!)


  31. Myra GB December 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I love that you’re featuring so many Christmas-themed picture books. I borrowed several from the library but only a few appealed to me. Maybe next time I visit, I’d find a few more like this bad bad kitty. Great review as always, Erik! 🙂


  32. KidLitReviews December 10, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    Please put me in the contest. . for your readers. 67 COMMENTS. Erik, what am I not doing or doing wrong? Forget the BAD book . . . I already own it. Got it months ago, yet you still beat me. ARG! ;(

    I am going to nominate you for an award, a nice award a very good award…if I can get the post up between all the reviews. Yes, it will happen.Keep an eye out, YOU ARE A SHOE-IN!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 10, 2012 at 6:31 am #

      Thanks Ms. Morris! Remember that half the comments are from me and this post is a perfect picture book post – there are a bunch of bloggers that do it and we read each others and comment. You should join the PPBF group! You post about great picture books already and if you join the group it gets linked to Ms. Hill’s website where everyone finds it. 😀 Here is a link so you can read about it Then every Friday go to Ms. Hill’s PPBF post and you can add your link! The people that do it are super nice. I think they would like reading your reviews!


  33. ontheplumtree December 10, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Sounds like so much fun!


  34. Carrie Finison December 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Great review! My son has been really enjoying the Bad Kitty books — I’m sure this one will be no exception.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      I’m glad he likes Bad Kitty! Thanks Ms. Finison! You are in the contest! 🙂



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