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publisher: Kids Can Press

Binky the Space Cat

illustrated by Ashley Spires

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list price: $5.99
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
published: Dec 2013
ISBN:9781771380690
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

Binky is a space cat - at least in his own mind. He's really a house cat who has never left the family "space station." Unlike other house cats, Binky has a mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs). Binky must undergo rigorous training so he can repel the alien attacks that threaten his humans. As he builds his spaceship, he must be extremely careful with his blueprints - the enemy is always watching. Soon Binky is ready to voyage into outer space. His humans go out there every day and he's sure they need a certified space cat to protect them. But just as he's about to blast off with his co-pilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), Binky realizes that he's left something very important behind — and it's not the zero-gravity kitty litter. In the first book in the Binky Adventure series, graphic-novel readers will delight in watching where this lovable and quirky cat's imagination takes him.

About the Author
Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Awards
  • Winner, Silver Birch Express, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Hackmatack Award
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards
Editorial Reviews

With plenty of visual gags and a cute hero, this book is perfect for kids who are transitioning from easy readers to early chapter books, while the dry humor will also keep stronger readers engaged.


... Binky’s misadventures are a delight.


... Binky’s misadventures are a delight.


Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.


With plenty of visual gags and a cute hero, this book is perfect for kids who are transitioning from easy readers to early chapter books, while the dry humor will also keep stronger readers engaged.


The humor in this graphic novel hits every note ...


The humor in this graphic novel hits every note ...


Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Binky the Space Cat

Binky is not your average house cat. While he enjoys getting cuddles and playing with his toy mousie, he’s a certified Space Cat who has aspirations of exploring outer space (the backyard). After undergoing a rigorous training program and building his own rocket ship out of stuff he found around the house (things he stole from his humans), he’s ready to protect the world from aliens (bugs).

This graphic novel takes readers on a hilarious, action-packed journey through the life of one of the most exceptional cats they’ll ever encounter. Author-illustrator Ashley Spires’s quirky watercolour and ink illustrations will capture the attention of boys and girls alike and the fun storyline will keep them giggling.

Binky is Spires’s first graphic novel and she does some interesting things with the form. Instead of using dialogue and speech bubbles to tell the bulk of Binky’s story (as is typical in comics), she uses captions. The result is a successful blend of the picture book and comic genres. This picture book/comic format makes Binky great for read alouds and the perfect gateway for introducing young readers to comics.

Binky is the first in the Binky Adventure series and readers will surely look forward to his next attempt to get to outer space!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2009. Vol.32 No.4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Binky the Space Cat (Binky Adventure)

Binky, a housecat, wants to visit outer space (outside), explore unknown spots (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs). He crafts a rocket ship and prepares for galactic adventure. As he’s about to blast off, he realizes he’s left behind a crucial item. This is a delightful and humorous tale about a feline with vision and a huge imagination.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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