The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield (Hardcover)

By John Bemelmans Marciano, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)

Viking Children's Books, 9780670014064, 135pp.

Publication Date: October 3, 2013



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.

About the Author

John lives in Brooklyn, where he shares an art studio with Sergo Ruzzier, Brian Floca, and Sophie Blackall.Sophie Blackall is also a New York Times best-selling illustrator. She is originally from Australia and has illustrated over 25 books for children. Her books Include the Ivy and Bean series, as well as BIG RED LOLLYPOP, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Sophie also lives in Brooklyn, where she also shares an art studio with Sergio Ruzzier and Brian Floca. She sits close enough to John Bemelmans Marciano to throw her eraser at him, but she hardly ever does.

Praise For The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield


"Deliciously wicked"—Booklist

"Fun for a sophisticated reader, with puns, anagrams, and good-natured satirical potshots"—The Horn Book