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BINKY UNDER PRESSURE by Ashley Spires Kirkus Star


From the Binky series, volume 3

by Ashley Spires & illustrated by Ashley Spires

Age Range: 7 - 14

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55453-504-0
Publisher: Kids Can

Binky the Space Cat returns for his third not-so-quite-out-of-this-world adventure.

The doughty astronaut keeps his humans safe in their space station (suburban house), but his life has become boring…nap, snack, cuddle, nap, catch aliens (bugs), nap. Then his humans bring home foster cat Gracie. And quelle horreur! He must share his food, litter and best friend, Ted! When explaining the situation to Gracie doesn’t work, Binky stalks her, taking notes. She’s too perfect; maybe the aliens created a robot cat in an attempt to infiltrate the space station. But no, when Binky tests Gracie to see if she hates aliens as much as he, she reveals her true identity: Captain Gracie of F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), clearance level 6, License to Scratch; she’s Binky’s superior and it’s time for his annual review! Binky must prove himself or lose his commission. He’s made some mistakes in the past, but his humans and his space station need him now! Then aliens actually do invade; will Gracie and Binky be able to beat back the attack? All the ingredients are present for Spires’ chubby and sweetly delusional kitty's return: Binky’s wild imaginings, deadpan humor, occasional space gas (poot).

Fans will celebrate; aliens will quiver in fright. (Graphic fiction. 7-14)