BINKY THE SPACE CAT by Ashley Spires
Kirkus Star

BINKY THE SPACE CAT

From the "Binky" series, volume 1
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Pudgy black-and-white kitty Binky lives on a space station, where, like any good member of F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), he protects his two humans from aliens. Binky’s humans call the aliens “bugs,” and the space station resembles a house in the suburbs, but Binky is dedicated nonetheless. He’s so committed that while collecting parts to build his rocket ship, he trains hard. He trains on the flight simulator (ceiling fan). He trains in the zero-gravity chamber (clothes drier). When his rocket is complete, the countdown starts…but he’s forgotten to make room for his humans! What’s a space cat to do? Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect. Binky’s imaginings are differentiated from his actual life by the borders of the panels, and the solemn narration leaves lots of room for ironic contrast with the images. Details in the muted watercolor illustrations, like mousie Ted covering his nose as Binky releases “space gas,” will keep readers of all ages giggling, whether they’re cat lovers or not. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-309-1
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Kids Can
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2009




MORE BY ASHLEY SPIRES

ChildrenTHE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING by Ashley Spires
by Ashley Spires
ChildrenBINKY by Ashley Spires
by Ashley Spires
ChildrenBINKY TAKES CHARGE by Ashley Spires
by Ashley Spires

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenMR. WUFFLES! by David Wiesner
by David Wiesner
ChildrenZOE AND ROBOT by Ryan Sias
by Ryan Sias
ChildrenTHE BOY WHO CRIED ALIEN by Marilyn Singer
by Marilyn Singer