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Monday, February 27, 2012

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel

This book was all I had after I dumped Blood, Bones and Butter. I wasted my GOTR gift card on this book.

I thought I'd give the Huffington Post Book Club a go and this was the choice for February. I made it to almost 150. Maybe closer to 200. I don't know. It was slow going. And it was boring. And it was pointless. I couldn't stand it. Me and non-fiction just don't get along.

Fortunately, MiMi had this book sitting around and recommended it to me. And since I missed my opportunity Thursday to pick up my next book at the library - and the library was closed Friday and we were in, um, Climax, NC for an all-day *volleyball* tournament - I had no other book to read over the weekend.

Bad Kitty are a series of books from Nick Bruel. I've seen these around the house so I know my girls have read a few of these before. This would be my first.

*** Spoiler Alert ***
I have to say I wasn't overly impressed initially. The cat isn't really cute. He messes up the couch (so does mine). He doesn't do anything interesting.

The book starts with how great life is at this house with people that we never see but hear (well, read their talk bubbles). He sleeps on the couch he destroys. He eats. And he destroys stuff. Life is great.

Then they bring home a dog which scares the crap out of him. And licks the crap out of him. He gets used to him.

Then Uncle Murray babysits Puppy and Bad Kitty and that is a weird twist because that whole story line has Uncle Murray calling the fire department every day to get the cat out of the tree, then the puppy, then him, then the refrigerator. ???

Plus Uncle Murray looks like something out of a Beavis and Butthead episode. And he curses!! In a children's book! Well, he curses like "What the #$%# is that noise?" Okay, I can't remember an exact quote since I turned the book in but it's something like that. And it was more than once. I couldn't believe it and I'm pretty apathetic when it comes to cursing around my kids. And when I say I couldn't believe it, I mean it a good way. I didn't want to burn the book.

Anyway, finally, when the unseen owners came back, they came back with a baby. A toddler really. And despite this toddler being a big girl, she was kinda cute and made me feel all 'mommy' inside.

Well the cat didn't like her, of course. And for another weird reason, the invisible family brought the neighborhood cats over, who doted over the baby girl. And then the cat olympics started and the baby girl won over the reigning cat champs. I don't know what happened. Maybe Bruel was sick and took too much Nyquil when he started writing this part.

But near the end, the invisible family told the cat that the baby girl was adopted, just like Puppy and Kitty and that they will give her a home, and love her, like they did for Puppy and Kitty. and from then on, Kitty became over-protective of the baby.

AWWWWWWW... Isn't that sweet?  So as psychedelic as the story-line went, it was still a wild trip of story that ended so sweetly.

And was SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than that dried out "novel" I shelved after 100+ long ass pages.  Another DNF but I have my life back.

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