GORDON by Ashley Spires


Bark to the Future!
From the "P.U.R.S.T. Adventure" series
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Age Range: 6 - 11
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Can a trip back in time save Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel and the humans they protect from being overrun?

Agent Gordon is usually the pup on the spot when P.U.R.S.T. needs tech help—not combat—but it appears he is the only agent left. His partner, Binky the Space Cat, has been captured. The P.U.R.S.T. commander has been trapped…and the humans in Gordon’s space station (depicted as an ordinary suburban house) have been chased away by aliens (dastardly flies). Gordon needs a technological fix, so he uses a prototype time machine to travel back five days to stop the invasion. However, a nefarious alien (a literal bug in the machinery) changes the setting, and Gordon goes back five years. He can’t change anything, or the ramifications for the future could be catastrophic. He can’t leap forward because he’s out of fuel; he needs the help of P.U.R.S.T….but five years ago, dogs were the enemy. How’s a dog gonna save the future? Spires’ second post-Binky graphic tale in her ongoing series is wry, dry, and adorable. As always, the animal characters do not speak, but their expressions and body language (and the hilariously deadpan narration) tell the tale across the small panels drawn in muted tones. Newcomers to P.U.R.S.T.’s human fan club will want to start at the Binky-beginning when done.

As Gordon would think: more fun than a game of ball. (Graphic fiction. 6-11)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-77138-409-4
Page count: 72pp
Publisher: Kids Can
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2018


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