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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Fluffy Strikes Back

illustrated by Ashley Spires

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2016
Humorous Stories, General, Cats
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2016
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Fluffy Vandermere, the cat sergeant in charge of P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), works tirelessly to protect the world from alien (aka bug) domination. It's a big job. “The whole planet is Fluffy's space station. All the people in the world are his humans. And every space pet out there is his responsibility.” Now, suddenly and without warning, Fluffy discovers P.U.R.S.T. headquarters, the most secure building in the world, is under attack by an angry swarm of insects, and they're armed with every cat's worst nightmare --- spray bottles! Warding off this level of terrifying invasion will require cunning, skill, ingenuity and the ability to move quickly. Fluffy's been out of the field and at his desk job for quite some time now --- is he up to this massive challenge? You bet he is!

This hysterical graphic novel by talented artist Ashley Spires is a spin-off from her successful Binky series (Binky is a member of P.U.R.S.T.). Just as in the Binky books, dry wit and slapstick humor abound here as the animals oh-so-seriously go about their jobs --- with the occasional bathroom break, of course. The artwork, presented in many images per page, deftly conveys loads of action, emotional drama and physical comedy. This is a perfect book for emerging readers who are looking for something more challenging than a picture book that doesn't have too much text. The irresistible Fluffy also does a terrific job of showcasing lessons on the character attributes of individual responsibility, determination and courage.

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, Chocolate Lily Book Award, Chapter Book Category
  • Winner, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award
  • Short-listed, 2017/2018 Children's Book Award, Hackmatack
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

... square captions of short prose guide readers through the story using a narrative voice that is consistently kind, friendly, and explanatory - all while maintaining the humour.—Quill & Quire

This spinoff series opener is a must for Binky's legions of faithful feline fans.—Kirkus Reviews

An appealing and fun introduction for emerging graphic novel fans.—School Library Journal

Humor, action, and sound effects (Kapow!, Sploosh!, Ploop!) permeate the pages of this graphic novel for young readers ...—Booklist

... a well-organized graphic novel as the plot flows naturally from one scene to the next within frames manipulated in various sizes and shapes.—CM Magazine

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