Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel

By Nick Bruel
Published on January 7th 2014
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Source: Publisher
Where does Bad Kitty come from?

In the seventh hilarious installment of the New York Times bestselling Bad Kitty series, Kitty takes on her biggest challenge yet: her author. Will he be able to keep her in check? Will she be able to escape Puppy's slobbery kisses? Find out who comes out on top!

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble was such a cute book! It's a cute and unique take on introducing 7-9 year old children to writing and illustrating their own stories. From the get-go, this short book breaks down the fourth wall and talks directly to the reader. The entire first chapter is Nick Bruel introducing himself and Kitty, with a step-by-step guide on how to draw her.

The book continues on introducing the reader to character development, conflict, plot, and theme, showcasing these new words with definitions and examples in a fun way! After I finished it (in approximately 10 minutes), I handed it over to my 8 year old daughter who devoured the first 40 some pages with giggles before we had to take a break for supper. And, even then, she kept telling me ideas for a story that she had.

The book itself is relatively short. Most pages don't have more than a paragraph or two on them, each with nearly full page illustrations to make the most of showing the young reader precisely what he's teaching them about.

This is a great book for kids to get their imaginations working in high gear on their own stories! Even I can't wait to see my daughter comes up with after learning from Bruel and Kitty!

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