There is only one series that can overshadow with Miss L’s love for Calvin and Hobbes. This series is the one by which all other books are measured. It is….
We picked up our first Bad Kitty book at the local Half-Price Books (and to be honest, that’s where we’ve gotten all of them), and it was almost instant love on L’s part. Actually, it was pretty much instant-love on my part, too. I’ll happily admit to enjoying the Bad Kitty books. The way the author writes them makes them absolutely hilarious to read with Miss L while we’re snuggling on the couch.
An additional coolness factor (besides the great writing) is the author also includes legitimate tidbits about whatever the subject is. It might be how to tell if a cat is scared, or what the voting process is, etc. The facts are interspersed throughout the book in a sort of “Question and Answer” format.
The first Bad Kitty book we got was:
Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle Murray is about Uncle Murray coming to take care of Bad Kitty and Puppy while their owners go somewhere special by themselves. Lets just say… there’s some serious misunderstandings.
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath was our next acquisition. Title says it all. There were SO many giggles involved in reading this book. The binding is already looking a little shoddy from how well-loved it is.
Bad Kitty for President wasn’t quite the huge hit that the others were. However, it did introduce some new characters, including one that liked to read comic books. Any character who likes comic books is A-OK in Miss L’s world.
It was quite a while before any more books from Bad Kitty appeared at Half-Price books, but when we wandered in on one of our bi-weekly shopping trips, and found a new Bad Kitty book gracing the shelves, my child gave me the best puppy-eyes I’ve ever seen her pull. (Trust me, that little freckle-face can pull some good ones.) So…
Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty came home with us. Comics-reading cat was back. Bad Kitty was up to her usual antics. All was right with the world. Unfortunately, we didn’t hit it out of the park with our next Bad Kitty book, though.
You see, mommy didn’t pay attention when I wandered into HPB alone. I just saw a Bad Kitty book, grabbed it, and brought it home.
Its a cute book, but its literally about drawing Bad Kitty, and my child has absolutely no interest in illustration, so… lets just say its feeling a bit neglected on her shelf.
However, I atoned for my sin of bringing home a not very interesting Bad Kitty book when a trip to the local library netted us a copy of Bad Kitty School Daze.
I this is my second favorite Bad Kitty book. It shows Miss L that even though Bad Kitty has some…less than admirable behaviors… she’s still a good kitty at heart. Even if she’s not a cow. (Read the book to find out.)
Miss L is looking over my shoulder, and let me know that Bad Kitty School Daze is her favorite bad kitty book. (Kind of surprised, and now I feel obligated to get her an actual copy of her own.)
Then, today, while writing this, I googled the Bad Kitty books, and found out that there’s an actual website (Bad Kitty Books) and Bad Kitty Club you can sign up for. As well as a couple coloring pages and other activities you can use.
Oh,and I discovered there were some Bad Kitty chapter books we haven’t gotten yet.
Guess I know what two books are going on her Christmas list. If you haven’t had the pleasure of picking up a Bad Kitty book, I highly recommend you do so. They really are awesome books that are simple enough for the kids to read on their own, but funny enough you want to read them with your child.