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Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble (original 2014; edition 2015)

by Nick Bruel

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Title:Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble
Authors:Nick Bruel
Info:Square Fish (2015), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 144 pages
Collections:Untitled collection, youth

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Bad Kitty drawn to trouble by Nick Bruel (2014)



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Fans of Bad Kitty as well as those interested in writing, cartooning, and drawing, will enjoy learning how a best-selling author creates a book. Bruel keeps his lessons to the same light, humorous tone as the other books. I quite like that he includes even the colors he uses.

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  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
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  cay250 | Apr 14, 2015 |
Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel is the latest of the Bad Kitty graphic novels. This one is a bit different because Bad Kitty is made aware of her creator in an effort to teach children how to write fiction.

Bruel begins the book by teaching how to draw Bad Kitty. There are spaces next to each step for a child to try his or her hand it. In my copy, those spaces are filled with my daughter's attempts.

It is from the drawing process that Bad Kitty eventually springs to life. And from there she begins to demand a place to be. Like in Duck Amuck (Chuck Jones, Warner Bros., 1953)

And through the artistic torture of Bad Kitty (wrong sets, bizarre situations, etc), Bruel teaches the basics of story telling. He includes a term I haven't seen in how to write books aimed at children — the MacGuffin. Interestingly, although it's a film term, the script writing teacher I had at UCLA, didn't use the term in his lectures.

Anyway, the MacGuffin isn't usually usually used as a way for the audience to torture the protagonist as it is in Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble, but it is sometimes personified. The best example of this personification is in the two part "Chicago Holiday" episodes that aired on November 10 and 17, 1994 of season one of Due South. While Fraser is trying to keep the Ambassador's daughter out of trouble (that she keeps putting herself into), Ray is trying to track down a list of names that will break a case open. They've been written on the inside of a matchbook which goes on its own crisscrossing journey of Chicago. Two of those characters are named MacGuffin: Mrs. MacGuffin, of hotel housekeeping, who takes the matchbook from the Ambassador's room and tosses it down the garbage shoot, and the store manager's name whose name tag in reverse reads "Mg. Uffin".

In the acknowledgements section, Nick Bruel doesn't include Due South, but he does point children to both Duck Amuck and it's sequel Rabbit Rampage (Chuck Jones, Warner Bros., 1955), and the grand-daddy of them all, Gertie the Dinosaur by Winsor McCay (1914)

This is a fun book for both children and parents, one that might inspire lots of video watching by both, and hopefully some story telling / story writing too. ( )
  pussreboots | Nov 29, 2014 |
My daughter and I are huge fans of Bad Kitty, so when the opportunity came up to get an advanced copy of the latest volume, I snagged it up.

There are plenty of kid books out there on writing, but this is one of the most enjoyable, easy-to-digest, ones out there, while managing to be highly informative. It hits the high points -- main character, conflict, premise, plot and plot points, antagonist, ending, and even using the dictionary -- using hilarious examples from the Bad Kitty universe. ( )
  Ella.Kennen | Dec 8, 2013 |
From meeting Nick Bruel and learning to draw Bad Kitty all the way to a discussion of artistic inspiration, Nick Bruel and his able partner Bad Kitty show readers the elements of a story in an engagingly humorous manner. Elements like Characters, Setting, Plot, Protagonist and Antagonist are illustrated in a humorous way. Uncle Murray's Fun Facts add additional information. There is even a recipe for roasted turnips to round out the story (which actually makes sense if you read the book.)

I enjoyed the subtly sly illustrations and the outrageous plot. Young readers who enjoy Bad Kitty books will enjoy this one too and learn something about writing a book in the process. ( )
  kmartin802 | Dec 5, 2013 |
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Author/illustrator Nick Bruel tries to explain to the reader how to write a story, but Bad Kitty is not at all happy about the plot, which has her going on a turnip diet to lose weight. Includes a recipe for roasted turnips.

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