Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
December 20, 2008 in ABC books, Bruel, Nick, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Shared Writing Tags: ABC books, Bad Kitty, books about cats for kids, books about pets, books for preschoolers, Nick Bruel, picture books
Reviewed by Margo Dill, www.margodill.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture book for preschool through 2nd grade students
Bad kitty as main character
Rating: When I read this book, I said to myself, “Now, why couldn’t I think of that?” A great ABC book–a new twist.
Short, short summary: Kitty was not bad UNTIL there was no kitty food for her. Then here comes the first ABC part of this book–a long list of vegetables that kitty’s owners want her to eat instead of cat food. So, Bad Kitty comes out and starts doing bad and mean things in ABC order, of course. Finally, her owners realize they need to get her some good food–so they do, and they tell her about her new cuisine in ABC order. Now, she’s happy and sorry for her misbehavior, and she tries to be nice again in, you guessed it, ABC order.
So, what do I do with this book?
1. Kids love ABC books. This one has four ABC lists, but can your students think of another? When you are finished reading this book, you can do a shared writing with your students, or they can do their own. You can either make an ABC list about the new puppy at the end of the book, how Bad Kitty would spend a summer or winter day, or Bad Kitty’s favorite sweet foods. Have fun with it, and be creative just like Nick Bruel is.
2. To extend activity one, create your own ABC book based on Bruel’s characters. After you have finished your ABC list as a class, ask students to illustrate one of your ABC ideas and try to do it in Bruel’s style. Gather all the illustrations together, and make them into a book for your children or students to enjoy during independent reading time.
3. Students will want to share ALL their pet stories when you are reading this book. It will seem to start so innocently as cute, little girl A raises her hand and says, “One time, my cat. . .” and then 30 minutes later, you are still listening to pet stories. So, what can you do? Prepare your students and parents ahead of time. Decide what day you will share Bad Kitty with your students, and ask them to bring in pictures of their pets or grandparents’ pets. Ask parents to write down a few key facts and one funny story about the pet. Let students take turns thoughout the day, sharing the photo and stories about their pets.
If you have used this book with students or your children, please leave a comment here and let us know how it went. For more information about books to use with preschoolers, check out: Shirley’s Preschool Activities.
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