Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet Review

Bad Kitty Goes the Vet Synopsis: 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 Goes to the Vet Review

When I got this book from the library, I’d taken a picture of the book and tagged it on Instagram with “Not sure who is more excited, me or the 7 year old.” The Bad Kitty books, in the past, have provide Miss L and I with lots of companionable reading time as we giggled and snorted our way through the latest Bad Kitty escapades. However, and I guess it’s inevitable that Nick Bruel would write one book we didn’t like because no one is perfect… Bad Kitty failed to thrill us this time. Miss L laughed a bit, but nowhere on the level she normally did, and I found myself more than a little irritated. First off, there’s no warning when you read the back that this book could lead to a potentially sensitive situation with your kids. Death is alluded to several times. It is said more than once (in different variations) “We were afraid you weren’t going to wake up.”

Stop the bus!

What in the WORLD is this guy doing putting wording like that in a book aimed at kids aged 6-9? What in heck was he thinking? I’m sorry, I do not need nor do I want to have that phrase stuck in my child’s subconscious.  That is not something they need to think about happening if they’re going in for even minor surgery where they have to be put under anesthesia. And this in the book with NO warnings anywhere on the outside that it might contain material that might upset younger readers.

BAD FORM, DUDE. BAD FORM.

I expected to read a silly book about kitty taking a trip to the vet with my kid. Suddenly I’m on edge, eyeing her, hoping she doesn’t understand the seriousness of what’s being stated here when the humans mention “afraid you weren’t going to wake up.” What the … No. Just. NO. If you’re  going to put sensitive material like that in a book, then you BETTER make sure you give warning of it somewhere on the back cover or something. You don’t just serve that up to unsuspecting parents and kids. These books are simple enough that most kids are able to read them independently. Would you, as a parent, be comfortable with your kid coming to you and asking you if people or animals sometimes didn’t wake up from sleep/surgery? Mostly  likely, no, you wouldn’t be. This is freakin’ RIDICULOUS. Yes, as you can tell, I’m steamed. Not. appropriate. at. all. for that age range. Grr.

Oh, and then there’s this whole “Hey, let’s shove – into a graphic novel about misbehaving cat – religious beliefs at them. They need to be taught, of course, that if they perform one good act they can get into a happy place after they die. If they’re bad, though, they into a bad place.”

Number 1 – They’re kids. BACK. OFF.  My kid does good deeds because she’s a sweet, loving kid.  We have not raised her – I refuse to raise her – with this idea that some mythical eye in the sky is watching every little thing she does and noting down when she’s being good or bad.

Number 2 – Pretty sure its accepted standards now that you don’t teach your kids to behave for a reward. You teach them to behave simply because it’s expected that they should behave.

Number 3 – Any discussion that I need to have with my child concerning, life, death and what lies beyond should be had at an appropriate time. Having the situation shoved at us when we’re expecting to just read a silly book is NOT THE RIGHT TIME NOR PLACE. Get your religious beliefs out a young reader’s book, please and thank you!

Needless to say, I am not pleased with this latest entry into the Bad Kitty series and have already talked about it with a couple of friends who now are planning to make sure their kids aren’t aware there is a new Bad Kitty book because they feel the content is inappropriate for young readers. I guess I’ll have to pre-read any future Bad Kitty books now to make sure they’re appropriate for her age.

  • Title: Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
  • Series: Bad Kitty #9
  • Author:  Nick Bruel (site)
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Pub. Date: January 5th, 2016
  • Pages: 144
  • Rating: 1 out of 5
  • Source: Library
  • Purchase: Amazon | B&N
  • Note: This review originally appeared on it’s sister site, Sci-Fi & Scary. We are in the process of porting over all reviews which fit more in with the theme of Own Your Geek.
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