Follow TV Tropes


Literature / Bad Kitty

Go To

Bad Kitty is a series of children's books written by Nick Bruel, beginning with the picture book Bad Kitty in 2005. The series follows the titular bad Kitty, a black cat who is extremely prone to temper tantrums, especially when she doesn't get her favorite foods. She shares her dwelling with the drooling simpleton dog Puppy, who stars in the sequel picture book Poor Puppy.

The book was widely popular, and received a more fleshed-out sequel in Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. This spun off into a franchise of black-and-white illustrated chapter books, which introduced more characters, such as several other neighborhood cats and a new human baby in Kitty's family. The chapter books, originally printed in black-and-white, would later be re-released in full color. There is also a series of shorter paperback picture books.


    List of Bad Kitty books 
Full-Length Picture Books
  • Bad Kitty (2005)
  • Poor Puppy (2007)
  • A Bad Kitty Christmas (2011)
  • Bad Kitty Searching for Santa
  • Bad Kitty's Tasty Treats (Board book for younger readers)
  • Bad Kitty Scaredy Cat

Chapter Books

  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (2008)
  • Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty (2009)
  • Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door (a.k.a. Bad Kitty Vs. The Babysitter) (2010)
  • Bad Kitty Meets the Baby (2011)
  • Bad Kitty for President (2012)
  • Bad Kitty Joins the Team
  • Bad Kitty School Daze (2013)
  • Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble (2014)
  • Puppy's Big Day (2015)
  • Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet (2016)
  • Bad Kitty Takes the Test (2017)
  • Bad Kitty Camp Daze) (2018)
  • Bad Kitty Kitten Trouble (2018)
  • Bad Kitty Goes on Vacation

Paperback Picture Books

  • Bad Kitty Does NOT Like Thanksgiving
  • Bad Kitty Does NOT Like Candy
  • Bad Kitty Does NOT Like Dogs
  • Bad Kitty Does NOT Like Snow
  • Bad Kitty Does NOT Like Video Games

Tropes seen in the series include:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The foods Kitty likes in the first book are listed alphabetically and all have alliterative names, like rhino ravioli or shark sushi.
  • Ascended Extra: Uncle Murray only appeared twice in the original book as a joke where he was lumped in with Kitty's foods in the "U" category. He becomes the host of "Uncle Murray's Fun Facts" in the picture books, which went into further detail about cat behavior (despite Murray not knowing much about it), which would give him little subplots. He would become a major character in Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle Murray.
  • Big Eater:
    • One of Kitty's signature traits. She eats twenty-six giant meals in the first book alone and continues to eat towers of food for dinner in subsequent books.
    • The baby is just as ravenous as Kitty; she's not only fed the same amount of food (though unlike Kitty's Bizarre Taste in Food, the baby eats things like apples, bananas, and cereal), she cleans her plate before Kitty can take a bite of her own food.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Some of the foods Kitty eats in the first book include penguin pizza, quail quiche, and a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • Cats Are Lazy: Several books begin with Kitty lying in her bed sleeping, not caring about the antics of her owner or Puppy...unless it involves something that catches her interest, like food or an amazing cat toy.
  • Cats Are Mean: If the title didn't clue you in, Kitty isn't exactly a ray of sunshine. She turns into a hissing, scratching, yowling mess when she doesn't get her way.
  • Cat Stereotype:
    • The titular Kitty is a stubborn black cat who brings misfortune to anybody who slights her.
    • Big Kitty is a Maine coon and a Gentle Giant.
    • Pretty Kitty is a white Turkish Angora and a beautiful upper-class priss.
    • Chatty Kitty is a Siamese, and while not particularly mean, she's pretty self-centered and won't stop talking about her daily life.
    • Strange Kitty is a Sphynx and a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": We have a cat named Kitty and a dog named Puppy.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Puppy doesn't do much but eat, slobber, and annoy the heck out of Kitty.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy were not chapter books, but picture books structured around alphabetical sequences. Kitty also had smaller eyes and was generally much less expressive than she is in later books.
  • Gentle Giant: Big Kitty is the biggest kitty around, but he's also pretty cuddly.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Kitty gets extremely destructive if she doesn't get exactly what she wants, and even slight annoyances can set her entire mood off.
  • Happily Adopted: The narrator's baby. The narrator relates her to Kitty, who was adopted from a shelter, and it gets Kitty to finally accept the baby into her life.
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: The last present Kitty gets for her birthday is one of these, rather than the expensive cat toy she wanted. This results in her screaming temper tantrum that ruins the party.
  • The Faceless: We never see the face of Kitty and Puppy's owner; usually it's just his body and hands.
  • Motor Mouth: Chatty Kitty is constantly meowing. The translated text of her meows makes it even more inane.
  • No Name Given: Kitty's owner/the narrator doesn't have a name. Oddly, he never refers to his baby by a name either.
  • Not So Different: Kitty and the baby in Meets the Baby. The narrator points out how they're both loud, destructive Big Eaters, and most heartwarmingly they're both adopted.
  • The Pig-Pen: Stinky Kitty is constantly dirty and smelly, and proud of it.
  • Suddenly Speaking: During a chapter in Takes a Bath, when the owner is preparing Kitty for her bath by gently caressing Kitty and telling her he loves her, she suddenly tells him she loves him as well. This is explained when it's revealed she's actually a magical princess kitty! ...And then it's explained much better when we come back to reality and see it was a fantasy the owner had while knocked out, and Kitty still won't take her bath.
  • Tuckerization: Uncle Murray is named after Nick Bruel's own uncle named Murray.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty shows Kitty's life as a kitten, where she was extremely kind and generous. It was only after she was taken away from her mother than she became the crabby kitty she is today.
  • The Voiceless: None of the animals speak in English, barring Kitty in a few dream sequences and Strange Kitty and his mouse friend. Chatty Kitty is the only cat whose meows are actually translated into English.
  • Wham Line: Near the end of Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, when the narrator finally gets Kitty to connect to the baby. The last line gets its own page.
    The two of you have so much in common. You both like to scratch things. You both like to chew on things you shouldn't. You obviously both like to eat a lot.
    And you're both adopted.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: