NY Times bestselling author and illustrator Nick Bruel visited Bonny Slope on October 11, 2017. Best known for his Bad Kitty series, Nick has published over 20 books, with his newest title coming out in January 2018.
He had four delightful presentations geared towards the grade levels he spoke to. In the Kindergarten/1st grade presentation he read the original Bad Kitty picture book as well as a book he wrote with his Father titled “Otto and Bob.” In the 2nd-4th grade sessions he read a chapter from one of his Bad Kitty chapter books. In each of these three presentations he led an interactive activity with the kids where the group created their own unique short story through questions Nick asked them. He taught the kids that the secret to writing stores is “Always ask yourself questions.”
Nick also showed how he draws Bad Kitty and then focused on her eyes, explaining that you could change her emotions through her eyes. The 5th grade session was a cartoon symposium as he explained that they had probably outgrown reading his Bad Kitty series. He came up with ideas by randomly finding an entry in a yellow pages book and showed how a cartoon could be created in less than two minutes. The 5th graders drew their own cartoon with their first subject being a dentist, next subject an animal and then combining the two. The kids seemed to thoroughly enjoy Nick Bruel’s captivating presentations!
Autographed books will be delivered to classrooms next Monday.