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Poor Puppy [Hardcover]

Nick Bruel
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July 24 2007 Bad Kitty
PUPPY GETS HIS OWN BOOK.  Kitty's best friend stars in this zany companion to the best selling BAD KITTY.
Poor, poor Puppy:  Kitty isn't interested in playing, so all puppy's left with are: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars, 4 Dolls... and 22 other toys.  When he's done, Puppy's so tired, he takes a nap--and dreams of playing apple bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, Dodgeball in Denmark... and 22 other games.  Who else but Nick Bruel could combine the alphabet, a counting game, a whirlwind geography course, and a screamingly funny story... all in 40 pages?

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From Publishers Weekly

The scrawny, supercilious feline from Bad Kitty is back and—quel surprise!—has no interest in playing with guileless, gangly Puppy, who appeared at the end of that title and takes center stage here. Poor Puppy, Bruel writes. Poor, poor Puppy. Poor, poor, poor, poor, poor Puppy! The book then becomes a counting/alphabet book to demonstrate that Puppy isn't really poor—in fact he has many playthings at his disposal: 1 Airplane, 2 Balls, 3 Cars and so on. But Puppy still wants to play with Kitty, and as he falls asleep, the book takes another trip through the alphabet—and through the world—as Puppy dreams of 26 fun activities and locales he'd like to share with his best friend Kitty: Apple Bobbing in Antarctica, Baseball in Brazil, Checkers in Canada, etc. Unfortunately, Bruel's usually sharp sense of humor is not as evident in this sequel. The alphabet-driven catalogues of Bad Kitty were funny because they pushed the boundaries of probability when it came to Kitty's sociopathic tendencies, her favorite foods and her equally hyperbolic acts of redemption. But despite Bruel's colorful visual treatment of the physical activity here, the vignettes often feel inert. Even the wittiest moments—such as Puppy and Kitty playing Patty-cake in Peru—may generate fewer laughs than Kitty's previous comedic nefariousness. Bad Kitty fans will want to take note of a new cat-nipped edition of that title (with a pair of large bite marks, courtesy of Kitty), due out the same month. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)
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Bruel, who made a splash with Bad Kitty (2005), a funfest disguised as an alphabet book, follows a similar pattern in this story of Kitty's best friend, Puppy. Puppy longs to play, but Kitty's acting like, well, a cat. Poor, poor, poor, poor, POOR Puppy! What follows are pages of colorful boxes showing Puppy, left to his own devices, cavorting with 1 Airplane . . . 4 Dolls . . . 19 Soccer Balls . . . 22 Valentines . . . 26 Zoo Animals. Among the funniest pictures is one of Puppy dealing with eight Hula Hoops as Kitty runs in the other direction. If this hysterical crush of numbers and letters isn't enough, the action evolves into wordplay when Puppy, still lonely, dreams about playing with Kitty. They hunt eggs on Easter Island, jump rope in Japan, and yodel in Yemen. Each colorful picture is crammed full of delicious detail; adults using the book with children will be able to come up with plenty of visual games to play. One choice—find Kitty, often hidden, in the first grouping. Cooper, Ilene

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Puppy Oct. 23 2009
This book was really cute but I was hoping that it would entertain my kids who are 8 and 10. It's great for the little kids but not so much for the older ones. The text is limited to short sentences so it's perfect for kids up to the age of 4-6. Good beginner reading book as it's short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Jan. 31 2012
By A. Guy
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"Poor Puppy" is part of the "Bad Kitty" set. It's a great set for your readers. They're chapter books that are easy to read with pictures. A great transition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids nook May 18 2011
By Cindy E
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Fast shipping great product. Thank you .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Puppy June 5 2011
By Ev
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There was no question about whether or not I had made the right book selection for a young boy's birthday. He pulled it out of the bag and his eyes lit up while holding it up and screaming "Poor Puppy I wanted this one", then started to read it right away.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterwork Aug. 27 2007
By Eli257 - Published on Amazon.com
Poor Puppy is simply the best numbers & alphabet book on the market. It's art, fun, creativity, humor, and education--all in one delightful bundle. The book starts with a puppy playing with toys: one airplane, two balls, three cars, up to 26 zoo animals. Every illustration is beautiful and full of surprises. Just as an example: Of the puppy's 14 nutcrackers, one is a pirate, one a British businessman with bowler hat, one a circus director . . . each one unique and excquisitly painted. All panels are extraordinarily rich, well composed, and invite one to investigate in depth.

When finished with the toys, the puppy dreams of playing games in different locations. Games and places are alphabetized and include apple bobbing in Antarctica, egg hunting on Easter Island, unicycling in Uganda, and--my personal favorite--yodeling in Yemen. Details like the elephant and donkey "wrestling in Washington D.C." are laugh-out-loud funny and make the book a delight not just for children. Poor Puppy is thoroughly enjoyable and deserving of an award. Nick Bruel has created a masterwork!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Bad Kitty Story Sept. 21 2012
By INConvertiblewoman - Published on Amazon.com
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While I am not a cat lover I love Bad Kitty. The first book was all about the alphabet and food - this one adds numbers and geography as well.

Bad Kitty won't play with Puppy so he must find something to do. What does he do? Play with toys then he falls asleep and dreams about traveling.

I use these books with preschoolers and they love them. I think the pictures are great. And where else can they hear the alphabet, numbers, and geography with a funny story that includes a crazy cat and dog? We are planning to use the book for a week of fun events at the daycare.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! Aug. 28 2007
By Ryoya Terao - Published on Amazon.com
The imagination of the author easily succeeded my expectations. As I read the book, suddenly I was on an international adventure, which I believe will help children to be curious about the world. The paintings bring pleasure to our eyes.

This book is a true jewel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading Dec 11 2012
By J. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an easy and funny book for beginner readers.
It is very colorful and the illustrations are exciting.
Though it is too easy for a 2nd grader, this book is meant to be read for fun.
I'd think this is perfect for the 1st grader. The words are simple and easy to understand.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good for toddlers July 9 2012
By ChrisMoo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is good for younger children (non-readers). Good pictures and graphics. No real story-line though, so not particularly interesting for school-age children, like the other books in this series.
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