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Nick Bruel Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights

bad kitty boing book

wife's name Carina.


Agent—c/o Author Mail, Roaring Brook Press, 2 Old New Milford Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804.


Cartoonist and children's book author.

Honors Awards

Top-ten finalist, Dr. Seuss Picture-Book Contest, 1993.


Boing, Roaring Brook Press (Brookfield, CT), 2004.

Bad Kitty, Roaring Brook Press (New Milford, CT), 2005.

Also author of How to Be a Real Good Cartoonist, 2003. Contributor to Syncopated Comics.


Author and cartoonist Nick Bruel brings his quirky sense of humor to bear on children's literature in the picture books Boing and Bad Kitty. Dubbed a "bouncy solo debut" by a Kirkus Reviews contributor, Boing fol-
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lows a young kangaroo as he learns how to jump from his mother. Despite being cheered on by his animal friends rabbit, frog, koala, and grasshopper, the young kanga's hop turns into a flop every time, until it is discovered that he has stuffed his pouch too full of treasures to become sufficiently airborne. Praising the book for its "sunny watercolor and ink cartoons" and its toddler appeal, Horn Book contributor Christine Heppermann added that Boing "is an accomplishment designed to have preschoolers springing from their seats." A Publishers Weekly writer agreed, noting that because "Bruel's cartoons brim with energy and emotion," Boing is "not a book for bedtime."

A delightful romp disguised as an alphabet book, Bad Kitty finds the family cat perplexed when she realizes that her owners have run out of cat food, and when she learns that the only edibles around are both healthy and nutritious, her mood quickly goes from bad to worse. Kitty turns her nose up at the alphabetical array of foods, ranging from asparagus to zucchini, and retaliates with typical bad-cat abandon. Finally her repentant owners restock the kitchen with her favorites, including anchovies, shark sushi, and baked zebra ziti, and bad kitty is transformed into a very, very good kitty. "Even readers who've mastered their ABCs will laugh at Bruel's gleefully composed litanies and the can-you-top-this spirit that animates every page," commented a Publishers Weekly critic, while School Library Journal reviewer Maura Bresnahan concluded that Bad Kitty "will appeal to youngsters who like their stories more naughty than nice." In Kirkus Reviews a contributor predicted that "Even the alphabet-experienced will love this bad, bad kitty!," while Bookpage.com reviewer Lynn Beckwith observed that "Bruel has created a joyfully silly portrait of a picky eater with attitude."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Horn Book, January-February, 2005, Christina M. Heppermann, review of Boing, p. 72.

Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2004, review of Boing!, p. 1002; September 15, 2005, review of Bad Kitty, p. 1022.

Publishers Weekly, August 30, 2004, review of Boing, p. 53; October 17, 2005, review of Bad Kitty, p. 66.

School Library Journal, October, 2005, Maura Bresnahan, review of Bad Kitty, p. 109.


Nick Bruel Web site, http://www.nickbruel.com/ (January 24, 2006).

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almost 4 years ago

i love your bad kitty books me and my bff sunny loves them i am happy you make them

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over 6 years ago

Dear Nick Bruel,

I LOVE your Bad Kitty books! I have all of them, and I have read each one thousands of times. Your books are so funny and unique! I love how you made each of Bad Kitty's friends so different! Especially Strange Kitty! I am always drawing pictures of Bad Kitty and Puppy, and I was wondering if you draw the pictures for your books. If you do, you are a really artist. You know, you should make a Bad Kitty movie. I would deffinetly watch it. Please email me back at andythecow@gmail.com

Your biggest fan,


age 11

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over 6 years ago

hi me an my sis love your books we chose to use u as r fav auther report

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almost 9 years ago

hi nick i want to draw just like you iam good but i want to get better

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over 3 years ago

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over 6 years ago

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over 4 years ago

hi i would really like to learn more about you please message back-thanks

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almost 3 years ago

hi Nick

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4 months ago

love bad kitty i read it 20 min a day yours Dylan

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almost 3 years ago

who is your family

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over 3 years ago

Black Black Hair