Best Selling Books by Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel is the author of Bad Kitty Does Not Like Snow (2016), Boing! (2004), Bad Kitty: Wash Your Paws & Gets a Shot (2022), Bad Kitty Meets the Baby (2012) and other 65 books.

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Bad Kitty Does Not Like Snow

release date: Sep 06, 2016
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Snow
It''s snowing. Kitty has never seen snow. So Kitty looks it up on the computer. Snow is wet. Snow is cold. Snow is slippery. Okay. Bad Kitty can handle this. She''ll just put on her snow gear and try. . .in Nick Bruel''s Bad Kitty Does Not Like Snow.

Boing!

release date: Nov 01, 2004
Boing!
A mother kangaroo and various woodland animals coach her joey as she attempts her first jump.

Bad Kitty: Wash Your Paws & Gets a Shot

release date: Feb 15, 2022
Bad Kitty: Wash Your Paws & Gets a Shot
The bestselling Bad Kitty series returns with two free, downloadable Bad Kitty stories in which Kitty learns the value of washing your hands and getting a shot. Kids will love learning how the mischievous Bad Kitty manages to take care of personal health and hygiene in these adventurous tales from writer-illustrator Nick Bruel.

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby

release date: Mar 06, 2012
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby
Kitty''s owners are home with a big surprise for Kitty. But what is it? Kitty, reeling in horror, thinks it''s a . . . dog. The neighbor cats are convinced it''s a cat. But we all know that it''s really a BABY! With Nick Bruel''s trademark mix of antic humor (this time involving a Kitty game show and the Kitty Olympics—which the baby wins hands down), riotous illustrations, total mayhem, and Uncle Murray Fun Facts, this may be the funniest Kitty book yet, and the one that hits closest to home. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby is the winner of the 2012 Children''s Choice Book Awards for Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year.

A Wonderful Year

release date: Jan 06, 2015
A Wonderful Year
A really cold winter. A demented fairy. A hippo named Louise. A talkative tree. Find out what other wonderful things a year can bring in these four interrelated stories—one for each season—by Nick Bruel, creator of the bestselling Bad Kitty books.

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble

release date: Jan 07, 2014
Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble
In this seventh installment of the New York Times–bestselling series, Kitty encounters what may be her most formidable foe yet: her creator! Kitty soon learns that feline manipulation works both ways—especially when you''re at the wrong end of your author''s pencil. Along the way, Nick shows kids how a book is created, despite the frequent interruptions from you-know-who. A Neal Porter Book

Bad Kitty vs the Babysitter

release date: Mar 06, 2012
Bad Kitty vs the Babysitter
In the New York Times bestselling Bad Kitty series from writer and illustrator Nick Bruel, prepare for a battle royale as Uncle Murray steps into the role of petsitter in Bad Kitty vs the Babysitter. Kitty''s owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who''s going to watch them? Good ol'' Uncle Murray, star of the Fun Facts feature of previous Kitty books—the guy you thought knew everything about cats. Think again! It isn''t long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions.

Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet

release date: Jan 05, 2016
Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
When Kitty is happy and healthy, everything is perfect. She jumps around, eats everything in sight, and has the energy to keep slobbering puppies in their place. But when she''s sick, all she can do is lie in her bed. Looks like it''s time for this sick kitty to go...to the vet. When Kitty''s family finally manages to get their clawing, angry pet into the doctor''s office, it''s a wild adventure for Kitty, who has to get the most dreaded thing of all...a shot. Once the shot is administered, Kitty is cast into an ingenious dream within a dream sequence in which she has to make right by Puppy or risk being shut out of PussyCat heaven forever. This ninth installment of the popular Bad Kitty series from Nick Bruel is chock-full of brilliant supporting characters and, of course, the crankiest bad kitty you''ve ever seen.

Bad Kitty School Daze

release date: Jan 08, 2013
Bad Kitty School Daze
Bad Kitty faces her toughest challenge yet, in Bad Kitty School Daze from Nick Bruel. Kitty and Puppy are out of control! They''re screaming, fighting, hissing, and drooling all over the house, and all of the commotion is upsetting Baby. Time for school—obedience school, that is. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? Find out in Bad Kitty''s hilarious, new (mis)adventure!

Bad Kitty Joins the Team

release date: Jan 07, 2020
Bad Kitty Joins the Team
See Kitty as you''ve never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly) in Bad Kitty Joins the Team, the latest installment of Nick Bruel''s phenomenally successful New York Times bestselling series. Kitty is terribly out of shape—she can barely torment Puppy without needing a break to huff and puff! When Kitty''s owner catches her wheezing, Kitty is told it''s time to EXERCISE. It takes some serious convincing, a high-stakes competition, and a little bit of trickery but eventually Kitty gets into the competitive spirit . . . albeit reluctantly. What did you expect? Will our favorite feline friend learn what it means to be a good sport? Find out in this hilarious addition to the Bad Kitty series.

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath

release date: Mar 06, 2012
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
BAD KITTY IS BACK (AND BADDER THAN EVER!) when she is forced to take a bath in this hysterical new illustrated how-to for young readers. The following are some items you will need for Kitty''s bath: one bathtub, plenty of water, dry towels, a suit of armor, a letter to your loved ones, clean underwear (because stressful situations can cause "accidents"), an ambulance in your driveway with the engine running, and, oh, yeah, you''ll also need Kitty...but good luck with that! Since its publication in 2005, BAD KITTY has captured the hearts of cat lovers and haters alike. This time Kitty is at her worst in this riotous how-to guide filled with bad smells, cautionary tales of horror, and hopefully by the end...some soap. The funniest of any of Kitty''s adventures, though don''t tell her that.

Bad Kitty for President

release date: Jan 17, 2012
Bad Kitty for President
The votes are in--it''s a Bad Kitty landslide! It''s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy

release date: May 12, 2015
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy
Kitty''s back in two brand new stories, complete with a sheet of colorful stickers in an 8x8 format—in this hilarious story, it''s time to feed Kitty but all she wants is candy. Will Kitty prevail and get what she wants? It''s dinnertime and Bad Kitty is hungry. What should she eat for dinner? Fish? Nope! Beef? Ew! Octopus? Gross! Bad Kitty knows exactly what she wants. Candy! And nothing will stand in her way. Or will it? Find out what will stop Kitty from eating all the candy in the world in this bright, hilarious picture book from New York Times bestselling author Nick Bruel''s beloved Bad Kitty series. Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy is purrr-fect for young readers who love kitties, candy, and a little bit of chaos!

Bad Kitty Cat-Nipped Edition

release date: Jul 24, 2007
Bad Kitty Cat-Nipped Edition
When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

release date: May 11, 2010
Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty
It''s Bad Kitty''s birthday, and you''re invited! Bad Kitty''s second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information -- and even some suspense! Who took Kitty''s presents? Why are Kitty''s friends so bizzare? Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty''s feline mood swings, and they''ll be touched by the heartwarming visit from a surprise guest.

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Thanksgiving

release date: Jul 16, 2019
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Thanksgiving
New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nick Bruel''s naughty feline is back in the holiday adventure Bad Kitty Does Not Like Thanksgiving...

Bad Kitty Takes the Test

release date: Jan 03, 2017
Bad Kitty Takes the Test
It''s something everyone has to do at least once. Kitty is no different. In this new edition of the beloved, bestselling Bad Kitty series from author-illustrator Nick Bruel, Bad Kitty takes. . . the test! Based on her previous bad behavior, the Society of Cat Aptitude has determined that Kitty is not only a bad kitty but a bad cat. In order to redeem her feline status, Kitty must take an aptitude test to determine if she deserves to be a cat. If she fails, she will no longer be able to be a cat. With the help of Chatty Kitty, who is the instructor at Cat School, and Uncle Murray, who thinks he''s just there to renew his driver''s license, Kitty learns all about being a cat and a little about herself.

Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa

release date: Aug 20, 2019
Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa
In Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa, by bestselling author/illustrator Nick Bruel, Kitty''s back for another Christmas tale—this time involving Santa! In this hilarious story, Kitty battles with Santa and loses. Or does she? Kitty wants to write a letter. Actually, she wants to write a letter to Santa. But has Kitty been good this year? Hmmm . . . Kitty’s not so sure. She writes the letter anyway and is soon on her way to meet Santa in real life at the mall! Will she make it in time? Will Santa give Kitty what she’s asking for?

A Bad Kitty Christmas

release date: Sep 13, 2011
A Bad Kitty Christmas
A HILARIOUS NEW HOLIDAY PICTURE BOOK ABOUT EVERYONE''S FAVORITE NAUGHTY FELINE "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY." A greedy Bad Kitty didn''t get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel''s first picture book about Bad Kitty since the uproarious Poor Puppy in 2007 is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas cheer.

Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day

release date: Jan 27, 2015
Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day
Bad Kitty''s in a bad mood . . . a very bad mood, and Puppy is not helping. Enter Uncle Murray, who''s tasked with taking care of Puppy for the day, but that''s when the trouble begins. When they go on a walk through the park, Uncle Murray almost gets himself arrested while Puppy ends up in the pound, where he meets some very peculiar new pals.

Bad Kitty Camp Daze

release date: Jan 02, 2018
Bad Kitty Camp Daze
Kitty’s life is really hard. Like really, REALLY hard. All she asks for is twenty-two hours a day to sleep and food to be delivered morning and night. But does she get it? No. And when Puppy and Baby get a little rambunctious during her naptime, Kitty gets bonked on the head and starts to believe she’s . . . a dog. This new dynamic freaks out Puppy, so he’s sent away to Uncle Murray’s Camp for Stressed-Out Dogs to relax with other canine campers. But guess who sneaks along? Still believing she’s a dog, Kitty fits right in. That is until she and Uncle Murray encounter a bear, and then the feline claws come out. Nick Bruel''s Bad Kitty Camp Daze is perfect for any kid with or without camping experience.

Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble

release date: Jan 15, 2019
Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble
There''s terrible news in the neighborhood next to Kitty''s! A conflict there is growing worse and worse. It started as an argument and has now turned into a full-fledged fight. Worst of all: The cat shelter has been destroyed. Kitty''s family decides it''s time to do something to help. They have an idea to foster as many displaced kittens as possible. Kitty won''t mind, right? Well . . . not exactly. Kitty does seem to mind. She minds A LOT. Will our favorite bad-tempered friend learn to share her space, her food, and **GASP!** her toys? Find out in Kitten Trouble, this hilarious and poignant addition to the Bad Kitty series from bestselling author and illustrator Nick Bruel.

Bedtime for Bad Kitty

release date: May 11, 2021
Bedtime for Bad Kitty
It''s bedtime in the Bad Kitty household but Kitty does not want to go to bed. She doesn''t want to brush her teeth. She doesn''t want to put on her bunny pajamas. She doesn''t want to use the potty. What she wants to do is: SING SING SING SING SING PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN Finally, when she runs out of ideas (and energy) and is promised a perfect bedtime story, Kitty gives in...but can she stay awake for the ending? This new picture book in the bestselling series is sure to be a bedtime favorite, complete with a paper doll activity kit!

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games

release date: Sep 06, 2016
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games
All Kitty wants to do is play her favorite video game. But Kitty has been playing her video game for FIVE hours. Now it''s time for Kitty to: go outside, draw a picture, read a book, do anything other than play video games. Kitty doesn''t want to do any of these things. . . but eventually she does anyway, and discovers that some things are way more fun than video games.

Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat

release date: Aug 09, 2016
Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat
Kitty wasn''t always such a scaredy-cat. She used to be brave and lionhearted and nervy. That is, until one late October day a group of terrifying monsters showed up on her doorstop and Kitty became VERY scared. Then she decided to take matters into her own paws. Bad Kitty is back in her first full-length picture book since A Bad Kitty Christmas (over 300,000 copies sold to date), just in time for another holiday! Now she''s up against something scary, something creepy, something more frightening than Puppy''s good moods: Halloween.

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Dogs

release date: May 12, 2015
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Dogs
While Puppy wants to play, Bad Kitty only wants to nap, and she tries to incorporate sleep into playing.

Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty

release date: May 22, 2012
Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty
PUPPY GETS HIS OWN BOOK. Kitty''s best friend stars in this zany companion to the best selling BAD KITTY. Poor, poor Puppy: Kitty isn''t interested in playing, so all puppy''s left with are: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars, 4 Dolls... and 22 other toys. When he''s done, Puppy''s so tired, he takes a nap--and dreams of playing apple bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, Dodgeball in Denmark... and 22 other games. Who else but Nick Bruel could combine the alphabet, a counting game, a whirlwind geography course, and a screamingly funny story... all in 40 pages (previously titled Poor Puppy)?

Bad Kitty's Tasty Treats

release date: Jul 22, 2014
Bad Kitty's Tasty Treats
In this interactive book with sliding panels, it''s time for Bad Kitty''s breakfast, and she has some interesting food choices that span the alphabet from ape to zebra.

Bad Kitty Storytime Set

release date: Oct 07, 2014
Bad Kitty Storytime Set
When kitty was told that her favorite foods were all gone and that all that was available were... Asparagus . . . Beets . . . Cauliflower . . . Dill . . . . . . and 22 other unappealing vegetables, she became a very bad kitty indeed. She . . . Ate my homework . . . Bit Grandma . . . Clawed the curtains . . . Damaged the dishes . . . . But then her owner returned from the grocery store with . . . An assortment of anchovies . . . Buffalo burrito . . . Chicken cheesecake . . . . . . and all was well. Kitty apologized to grandma, bought me new toys, cleaned her cat box, drove me to school . . . and all was well. Until a new puppy arrived. . . . Bad Kitty is brilliant, zany fun from the talented author/artist of the NY Times bestseller Boing!

Bad Kitty Makes Comics . . . and You Can Too!

release date: May 12, 2015
Bad Kitty Makes Comics . . . and You Can Too!
Kitty is bored. She is so bored, in fact, that she even considers playing with that slobbering mutt Puppy, who lives in her house. Nah. Instead, she thinks she''ll take a nap. That is, until there is a knock on the door . . . Strange Kitty is here to guide both Kitty and Kitty''s fans through the world of making comics. Like to draw? Great! Here''s your chance to show off your skills! Don''t know how to draw? That''s okay! Through guided exercises you will learn all about how comics work, including sections on panelling, sound and visual effects, word balloons and so much more! With such fun activities and a hilarious story to boot, this is bound to be a Bad Kitty favorite!

Who Is Melvin Bubble?

release date: Aug 08, 2006
Who Is Melvin Bubble?
An introduction to six-year-old Melvin Bubble as presented by his family, friends, and others.

Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray

release date: May 10, 2011
Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray
Kitty''s owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who''s going to watch them? Good ol'' Uncle Murray, star of the Fun Facts feature of previous Kitty books—the guy you thought knew everything about cats. Think again! It isn''t long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions.

Bad Kitty's Very Bad Boxed Set (#1)

release date: Jul 06, 2021

Bad Kitty Goes On Vacation

release date: Dec 29, 2020
Bad Kitty Goes On Vacation
Bad Kitty is now in FULL COLOR! In this 14th addition to the Bestselling Bad Kitty series, Kitty''s life is still hard. Really, really, really hard. She''s always being bothered, Puppy is always in her space (and drooling on her), and her plans for world domination seem to be at a bit of a stand still. So, when she gets the opportunity to go with her very favorite, generous, kind-hearted Uncle Murray to LOVE LOVE ANGEL KITTY WORLD, how on earth could she refuse? Kitty is so excited—this is going to be the adventure of a lifetime! But what she doesn''t realize is that it will be an adventure just trying to get there...and when she and Uncle Murray end up in a precarious situation, they will have to rely on their wit and love for each other to get themselves out. Check out Bad Kitty Goes On Vacation, the hilarious original edition to Nick Bruel''s New York Times Bestselling Bad Kitty series, now in full color!

Peques. Bad Kitty y el tío benito

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Peques. Bad Kitty y el tío benito
El buenazo del tío Benito va a cuidar de Bad Kitty y Puppy mientras su familia está de vacaciones...Parece una tarea fácil, ¿verdad? ¡Pues no tiene ni idea de los que le espera!

Little Red Bird

release date: Apr 29, 2008
Little Red Bird
SOMETHING NEW AND UNEXPECTED - sweet and gentle- from the creator of Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy. Sweetly enchanting paintings and a gently rhyming text tell the tale of the little red bird who is quite content in her cage, but curious... When the cage door is left open, she sees her chance and bravely hops out into the world. It''s all so magnificent and thrilling for the little red bird - and for readers. In the end, Nick Bruel leaves both with a question. When the bird sees a familiar house and window and golden cage, will she return to it? Would you?

Bad Kitty Doll 20"

release date: Aug 01, 2013
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