Prather’s Pick: A bad kitty goes to school
School is starting in a few days, and kids are having fun filling their new backpacks with all sorts of school supplies. They’re excited about the first day of school. Not so for Bad Kitty, the title character in this week’s chapter book for kids. She has a backpack, too, filled with some rather unusual stuff — and she doesn’t want to go to school.
“Bad Kitty School Daze” was written by Nick Bruel, who has written both picture books and a series of chapter books about Bad Kitty, a black cat with an attitude. This week’s book is one in a series of chapter books. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press (2013).
Bad Kitty has no idea she’s about to go to school. As a matter of fact, she’s fast asleep in her basket, snoring away as “One Fine Day,” Chapter 1 opens. Then, Puppy comes along. (Puppy looks like a full-grown dog.) He has a slobbering problem, so when he leans over Bad Kitty, Puppy slobbers all over her. Bad Kitty wakes up, and boy is she upset!
“Meow! Meow! Woof! Woof!” The cat and dog get into it, finally knocking baby over in the process.
The pets’ owner (never pictured in the artwork) decides she’s had enough of Bad Kitty’s bad behavior and Puppy’s drooling, too. They’re going to school.
So, in “Next Fine Day,” the next day, Bad Kitty and Puppy have their backpacks strapped on. What a sight! The backpacks look enormous, and they would have to be. Bad Kitty’s backpack, for example, holds a bunch of “Love, Love, Angel Kitten” items, such as a notebook, calculator, ruler, pencil, gym shorts, crayons (pink, light pink, reddish pink, and pinkish pink), tractor tire, and cinder block.
Bad Kitty and Puppy get on the bus, driven by Uncle Murray, and ride to Diabla Von Gloom’s School for Wayward Pets, taught by Diabla Von Gloom (Miss Dee).
At school, they’re joined by Petunia, a great big bulldog who hates cats but thinks Bad Kitty is a cow, and Dr. Lagomorph, a rabbit who thinks he’s a diabolical mutant supervillain.
Just what do the animals do at school? They have circle time, arts and crafts, show-and-tell, and even storytime. Miss Dee tries to help the animals with their individual problems, but when she asks Bad Kitty about her anger all she says is “PFFBBT”!
This is a funny book to celebrate the start of school.
“Bad Kitty School Daze” costs $13.99 in hardcover, or you can find the book at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries.
So much for the models that predicted a cool, wet summer for us here in western Colorado — at least I think it’s hot this July. Ranchers are probably relieved that it’s been a good haying season, and after the cool spring, it’s nice to have a “normal” summer, but it is indeed hot.