Heaven Can Wait! Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel
KITTY LOOKS TERRIBLE. SHE LOOKS TIRED. SHE LOOKS UNHAPPY. SHE DOES NOT LOOK HEALTHY AT ALL.
AND WORST OF ALL. . . KITTY IS JUST NOT EATING HER FOOD.
When Bad Kitty says "Feh" and goes off her feed, it's time for a trip to the... (horrors) VET. Going to the vet is just below Getting A Bath on Kitty's NOT TO DO list.
But like the proverbial recipe for rabbit stew (first catch the rabbit), there is that little matter of capturing Kitty and confining her in the cat carrier! Her owner suits up in haz mat gear, but even that is not protective enough. There's nothing left for it but to toss Kitty's beloved toys in the carrier and stuff Puppy in with them. Kitty decides she's going in... and Puppy is coming out.
YIP! YIP! YIP!
Yep, Puppy sacrifices a little epidermis for the cause, but at last Kitty is caged and it's off to Dr. Katmeister, where he diagnoses her malady as a bad tooth which has to come out. Doc scruffs her into submission and administers a hypodermic of something that puts her in Kitty La La Land.
Kitty goes KERFLOP and she's out for the count. ... Maybe too far out...
COME ON, KITTY! JOURNEY THROUGH THE CAT DOOR FROM YOUR WORLD INTO THE NEXT!
STAND YE ON LINE, KITTY, FOR TODAY IS YOUR DAY OF JUDGMENT!
HELLO, KITTY. NOT THE MOST IMAGINATIVE NAME, BUT NEVER MIND.
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU NEVER MADE IT OUT OF THE VET'S OFFICE. SORRY TO HEAR THAT.
But when St. Pete pages through the Book of Cat Life, he finds Bad Kitty has a dismal history of mistreating Puppy! It looks like she has not earned an endless kitty buffet in Pussycat Paradise. Instead, it seems she's doomed to Puppydog Paradise, where she will be chased for eternity by drooling dogs. But the Archangel has mercy on Kitty's case.
SIGH. I GET IT, KITTY. THESE DOGS, THEY REALLY ARE A GROSS, ANNOYING BUNCH OF SLOBBERING NINCOMPOOPS!
There's one last chance. Her judge grants her a reprieve of twenty-four hours to do one selfless and kind deed for Puppy. Can Bad Kitty come through and earn her ticket to unlimited carpets to claw and endless quality cardboard boxes?
Not to worry, Bad Kitty fans, for our favorite bad cat is back to stay, in Nick Bruel's latest, Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet (Roaring Brook Press, 2016). As always, this author-illustrator is in top cartoon form portraying his wayward feline curmudgeon with both affection and comic elan. Bruel's brilliant beginning chapter books have that genius touch of sly humor and sophisticated satire of familiar tropes that make them irresistible page turners for young readers while giving grownups great guffaws as well.
My judgment? It's Bad Kitty FOREVER!
For more of Bad Kitty, read my reviews here.