The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano

Language: English

Pages: 53

ISBN: 2:00208953

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano

Language: English

Pages: 53

ISBN: 2:00208953

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels. One day, Alexander has an astonishing idea. Why not transplant the nine lives from his cat into himself? Suddenly, Alexander has lives to spare, and goes about using them up, attempting the most outrageous feats he can imagine. Only when his lives start running out, and he is left with only one just like everyone else, does he realize how reckless he has been.

With its wickedly funny story and equally clever illustrations, this is dark humor at its most delicious.

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enough to kill a dog. Or a goat, I think.” “Really, Alexander, isn’t a cat enough of a pet to have?” Winterbottom said. “Aren’t you the one who’s always worried that the rats in the moat are carrying the plague? Well, pythons eat rats.” And with that, Alexander pulled a rat he had spent most of the morning trapping out of a bag, and proudly dropped it into Cortez’s glass terrarium. The canal rat, the one missing a chunk of its tail, scurried into a corner and stared at the python. The

Winterbottom yelled through a bullhorn. “No, this is great! So much fun!” Alexander shouted, even though it was getting less fun by the minute. His arms were now burning and so was his face—maybe sunblock wasn’t such a bad idea. What was worse, he couldn’t figure out how to steer the thing. It seemed to be going in the opposite direction of where he wanted to go, which was away from a water taxi that was closing in on him. The faster and harder Alexander paddled, the more his lungs began to

Winterbottom yelled through a bullhorn. “No, this is great! So much fun!” Alexander shouted, even though it was getting less fun by the minute. His arms were now burning and so was his face—maybe sunblock wasn’t such a bad idea. What was worse, he couldn’t figure out how to steer the thing. It seemed to be going in the opposite direction of where he wanted to go, which was away from a water taxi that was closing in on him. The faster and harder Alexander paddled, the more his lungs began to

State Building, to the cheers of the people watching below. But it wasn’t just those on the observation deck who noticed Alexander. As he flew through the canyons of midtown, people on their balconies and in their offices looked agog at the flying boy. For the first time in his life Alexander had fond, warm thoughts of his fellow man, the little people who now crowded Broadway to aim their cameras and cell phones skyward to capture a photo of him. Ah yes, the little people—getting littler

people cheer for him? Even Winterbottom, quite in spite of himself, had to applaud. It was like he was traveling through a dream. In the car on the way home, Alexander replayed every detail of the day in his mind. For the first time since he was born, he felt truly alive. People said that kind of stupid crap all the time, but they didn’t know the half of it. If you went around worried about the one life you might lose, then you were as good as dead already. It paid to be reckless. In

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