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Binky to the Rescue

illustrated by Ashley Spires

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2010
General, Humorous Stories, Cats
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


While in hot pursuit of an alien invader (a bug), Binky accidentally falls out the space station porthole (bathroom window) and finds himself in outer space (outside) for the very first time. But just as Binky begins to explore, he discovers that his copilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), is trapped beneath an enemy warship (wasps' nest)! Binky must rescue Ted from the clutches of these evil aliens. Will he be able to save his best friend? Can Ted survive his ordeal? Does Binky still suffer from space gas? This book will delight graphic novel readers of all ages.

About the author


Ashley Spires est diplômé de l'Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Artiste touche à tout, elle a créé des sites Internet, des livres et des marionnettes. Elle est auteure et illustratrice de plusieurs livres dont Quel génie!, la série Basile le chat de l'espace,Petit Paul, Chien recherche garçon et André est débordé. Ashley a également illustré Le Labo des malins par Shar Levine et Leslie Johnstone. Elle vit à Delta, en Colombie-Britannique.


Ashley Spires earned her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and went on to earn a graduate diploma in illustration from Sheridan College. She is also the illustrator of Binky the Space Cat. Ashley lives in British Columbia, but you can find her at

Ashley Spires' profile page


  • Short-listed, Comics for Kids, Joe Shuster Awards
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Short-listed, Best Publication for Kids, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
  • Winner, Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Spires's skilled cartooning makes this easy to read and follow, with clear actions supporting a silly, outrageous story.—Publishers Weekly

A great choice for beginning chapter-book readers or an introduction to graphic novels, this one's a winner in both quality and appeal.—School Library Journal

Intrepid Space Cat Binky returns with another thrilling and dangerous adventure! The muted palette and variety of panel shapes, sound effects, expressive characters and deadpan humor work in perfect rib-tickling harmony.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Visually stimulating and a lot of fun, this is great addition to any graphic novel collection. Worthy.—SLJ Fuse 8

Spires offers just the right combination of cute cat drawings, a silly plot, and fart jokes to appeal to her audience.—Booklist

Librarian Reviews

Binky to the Rescue (Binky Adventure)

In this delightfully funny tale, Binky is an official certified space cat who will stop at nothing to protect his space station from alien invasion. When he finds himself in outer space (outside), he is attacked by aliens (wasps), but luckily his humans save him. When he discovers that Ted, his copilot and best friend, has been left behind, Binky plots to return to outer space to save him. Book Two in the series.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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