Book review: Bad Kitty Takes the Test, by Nick Bruel

Bruel, Nick.  Bad Kitty Takes the Test. (Bad Kitty series) Roaring Brook Press, 2017. $13.99. ISBN 978-1-62672-589-8. 144 pages. Ages 7-12. P7Q8

Bad Kitty is sent to take a test to prove that he has what it takes to be called a cat. What follows is calamity and hilarity as Bad Kitty, Chatty Kitty and Uncle Murray, a human who stumbles in by accident while looking to renew his driver’s license, learn what it is to be a cat. When they complete their lessons from Strange Kitty, they learn they must take a test. The test is to be administered by a representative from TestPro, who isn’t exactly an honest test monitor, and he might just have a secret agenda. TestPro is repeatedly reversed by the narrator to ProTest. This is a funny tale that will help any youngster through testing season. I appreciated the fun illustrations and the funny puns and innuendos.

Verdict: this is an engaging chapter book for independent readers.

May 2017 review by Penny McDermott.


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