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Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble

Last updated Monday, August 3, 2015

Author: Nick Bruel
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 1596436719
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2015

Synopsis: 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.

Note to readers:
•  Have the kids draw Kitty as you read the story. The book may be difficult to read.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you have a cat or other pet?
•  Do you like to draw? What are your favorite things to draw?
•  What are the two meanings for the word "drawn" ? Which meaning is the author using in the title?


•  color blind - unable to see the difference between certain colors
•  exhausted - tired out or completely worn out
•  exotic - very different, strange, or unusual
•  prey - an animal that is hunted by another animal for food
•  opposition - actions or opinions that show that you disagree with someone or something
•  obstacle - something that makes it difficult to do something
•  crafty - clever in a deceptive or dishonest way
•  gratitude - a feeling of appreciation or thanks
•  menacing - to threaten harm to someone or something

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you think it would be easier to think of a story or draw the character first?
•  What are some of the different parts needed to write a good story? (protagonist, foreshadowing, setting, antagonist, plot)
•  Who are the characters in this story?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw Kitty (from the story), using the guide provided on pages 10-13.
•  Draw a character for your own book.
•  Make a cat mask using construction paper or a paper plate. For examples and directions: http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2012/09/top-cat-mask-craft.html.
•  Printable cat mask templates: http://www.itsybitsyfun.com/cat-mask-template.html.
•  Toilet Roll Cats. For directions, http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/60722/toilet-roll-cats-halloween.

Special activities:
•  Have kids write the outline for a story they would like to write. Use the terms in the appendix, on pages 126-127, as a guide for the outline.
•  Complete the word search.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!