Bad Kitty – Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel

3 Feb

WOO!!! 2-hour school delay AGAIN!!!Β  SNOW DAY!!!

Let’s celebrate with something bad… Bad Kitty, that is! πŸ˜€

drawntotraoubleBad Kitty – Drawn to Trouble

By Nick Bruel

128 pages – ages 7+

Published by Roaring Brook Press on January 7. 2014

Bad Kitty is back! But, this time, she’s not alone! Her creator, Nick Bruel, is right in the plot! With the (unwilling) help of Kitty, Mr. BruelΒ tells us readers how to write a good story . The reader learns about protagonists, setting, plot, conflict, foreshadowing and much more in a fun-filled way. The is that Kitty needs to go on a diet of turnips, because she’s gained a LOT of weight recently (thanks to Mr. Bruel and his trusty paint brush). But, the thing is, Kitty doesn’t even LIKE turnips. And, Puppy is eating all of her food. Plus, the giant octopuses outside the house (generously provided by Mr. Bruel) keep Kitty from running away.

This is a hilarious addition to the Bad Kitty series. In fact, I think this is my new favorite (sorry Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray) because of all the information it gives about writing a book. Mr. Bruel’s humor is awesome. I love that the antagonist in the story is a turnip. πŸ™‚ Mr. Bruel wrote a great book that teaches kids all about writing and made it a totally enjoyable story. The idea of the author/illustrator and character interacting is very cool (even though Bad Kitty is NOT impressed by it). I like how Mr. Bruel adds comments from his editor, “Neal”, on little sticky notes “stuck” to the pages reminding him of things he shouldn’t be doing in the story. There is also a handy glossary in the back of the book with the definitions of the parts of the story Mr. BruelΒ  goes over (and a recipe for roasted turnips hee hee πŸ˜† ). I think kids of all ages will enjoy this book for the hilarious story and learn something along the way!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about Mr. Bruel and his other books, visit his website, HERE.

Like Bad Kitty Books on Facebook HERE.

Check out a preview at Macmillan Publishers HERE.

44 Responses to “Bad Kitty – Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel”

  1. rnewman504 February 3, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Great review, Erik! I am a HUGE, HUGE (and I mean HUGE!) fan of Bad Kitty and Nick Bruel. Love the books! I can’t wait to pick up the latest one.


  2. Sam February 3, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    This sounds great! I read another book in which the characters interacted with the author. It is titled The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz. I loved it.


  3. Catherine Johnson February 3, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Awesome review, Erik! I should write a turnip poem some time.


  4. julie rowan zoch February 3, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Got it on hold – no time wasted! And congrats on the snow day!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2014 at 7:05 am #

      You’d like it – it shows you how to draw Bad Kitty (and Mr. Bruel gets yelled at for doing it too!)! πŸ˜‰ Snow day = awesome! This morning, because I’m getting a little sick (according to me), Mom asked me if I had to stay home – that is a really bad question to ask a kid. πŸ˜‰


      • julie rowan zoch February 4, 2014 at 9:03 am #

        Ha! It’s not going to be a snow day, despite the few more inches we’ll get today, so cross fingers for my son for tomorrow. He hates getting sick because he hates having to catch up at school. You take good care!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 5, 2014 at 8:58 am #

        Well, we have a snow day today. With the total of about 1 foot of snow, I don’t blame ’em. πŸ˜‰


      • julie rowan zoch February 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

        Stay warm! Sculpt some of it!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 10, 2014 at 9:01 am #

        How about digging a fort? πŸ˜‰


      • julie rowan zoch February 10, 2014 at 11:20 am #



      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

        BOO-YAH!!! πŸ˜‰


  5. Patricia Tilton February 3, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Because you introduced me to the Bad Kitty series, my granddaughter is hooked. She loves them! I saw that this book was to be released, so it was nice to read a good review.

    You’re way to excited about all of the snow days — but I know I felt the same way as a kid! And, there are two more major storms forming mid-week and early next week.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2014 at 7:09 am #

      YAY!!! MORE STORMS!!! Wait – What? πŸ˜‰ Thank you Ms. Tilton! I am sure your granddaughter would love this book! πŸ˜€


  6. Joanna February 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm #


    Yay for snow days!


  7. atkokosplace February 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    I’m sending this book to my niece! Great post. And YAY on school delay! Hahahahah πŸ˜€


  8. Genevieve Petrillo February 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Mom is a big fan of Bad Kitty. She thinks it’s a refreshing change from Bad Doggie, which is apparently the story of her life…. I hope she brings this one home. It sounds like fun!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake the GOOD doggie


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      GOOD DOGGIE… Why don’t you tell your Mom to write a story called that! πŸ˜‰


  9. Julie Grasso February 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Oh wow, we have to have this book. Thanks for another great recommendation and we are so excited you have joined 12×12. See you there.


  10. Michelle Isenhoff February 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    T-man loves these!!


  11. stanleyandkatrina February 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    We hope you enjoyed the snow, today. Bad Kitty is so much fun. This book sounds perfect. Thank you for telling us about it.
    ~The S&K Gang


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2014 at 7:23 am #

      The snow was fun, but we couldn’t build anything. 😦 BK is awesome! πŸ˜€


  12. Darlene February 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Sounds like a book this ‘kid’ would love too. (How old do you have to be, to not be a ‘kid’?)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 4, 2014 at 7:26 am #

      As soon as your mind stops loving children/childhood memories. πŸ™‚ I remember asking that question years ago. I can quote it: β€œI wonder how old we are when we stop thinking like kids?” πŸ™‚


      • Darlene February 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

        I love your answer. My Dad lived to be 83 years old and he still thought like a kid, loved children and childhood memories. I think I will be a kid forever too.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 10, 2014 at 9:06 am #

        I think I will too. At least 51% of the time. πŸ™‚


  13. readingwithrhythm February 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    I love Bad Kitty! This looks like a good one! Thanks Erik!


  14. LovableLobo February 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    I love fun stories about kitties and this looks like a super duper one. There is no such thing as a bad kitty, only one that hasn’t properly trained his/her human. Great review, SuperKid!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 5, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      Well, she wasn’t always a bad kitty – just until they ran out of cat food, and then Puppy came, and then… Well, she IS a cat, after all… πŸ˜‰


  15. ontheplumtree February 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Kitties are always good subject matter. πŸ™‚


  16. KidLitReviews February 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Very cool. Can’t wait to read it.


  17. Myra GB March 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    Sounds very postmodern! Interesting.


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