Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Winning Families: Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight:  Nick Bruel
By Shannon

When we go to the library (almost on a daily basis), I love to find a group of books by the same author and read them together.  It is a great fun way to introduce your children to an author and for them to see all the different stories that author wrote. Sometimes authors have a certain writing style or illustrator so they stay similar, but other times each book is so different.  We do Author Spotlights in our house every few weeks.

Both my girls love Nick Bruel books.  The bad kitty series and the ever cute poor puppy book. Even my 9-year-old has been caught reading the books and loves to read them to her little sister.

We have a bad kitty, and I think most people who have cats do. Bad Kitty's stories are so cute, and you can really imagine a cat doing and thinking what Bad Kitty does; thankfully cats aren't quite as bad as Bad Kitty. The illustrations are so bright, colorful and cheerful they really catch your eye.

Poor Puppy is so adorable. I really feel sorry for Poor Puppy he doesn't stand a chance with Bad Kitty around. In addition to two other great picture books (Boing and Little Red Bird), Nick Bruel does many illustrations for the author Dick King-Smith.
Bad Kitty Easy Chapter Books:

Get a humorous look at the normal way cats bathe, why it is inappropriate for humans to bathe that way, and the challenges of trying to give a cat a bath with soap and water. Includes fun facts, glossary, and other information.

Get ready to party! It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and guess who's on the guest list? Chatty Kitty, Strange Kitty, Stinky Kitty, and her other neighborhood "pals". join the fun in this riotous companion to Bad Kitty and Bad Kitty Gets a Bath!

Picture Books written by Nick Bruel:

Affter escaping from her cage to see the world, a little red bird finds it difficult to decide whether to stay free or to go home and never fly again.
When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.

When Bad Kitty won't play with him, Poor Puppy has to amuse himself with an alphabetical list of toys and dreams of playing in an alphabetical list of countries.

A mother kangaroo and various woodland animals coach her joey as she attempts her first jump, trying to learn how to hop like kangaroos should.
So there you have a list of some great, fun, entertaining books written by Nick Bruel. We really do love them all, so the girls and I couldn't pick a favorite of ours. I'd love to hear if you have a favorite Nick Bruel book you and your child have read.
~Shannon, aka Gidget and Froggi's Mom, blogs over at Welcome To Our Wonderland, where you'll find lots of book-related activities and book reviews.
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