Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Binky the Space Cat

Binky, unlike other cats, has a purpose. He is a space cat, sworn to defeat alien enemies (which look like bugs because they are bugs, of course - too bad humans have such tiny brains that they haven't been able to figure this out yet). Binky tries defeating alien bug enemies in many different ways, but he doesn't have much luck until he finds something very interesting at the bottom of his kitty food bag: a card that asks, "Want to stop aliens? Then become a SPACE CAT today!!!"

He is very excited when his space cat package arrives from F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel). It even comes with an official Space Cat badge. Now he can be a real space cat and protect the humans (one big, one small) that he lives with. He works feverishly at building his rocket ship, anxious to blast off into space and battle all those pesky aliens. Except when it's finished, he realizes there is only room for one passenger: Binky. How can he leave his big and small humans behind? Binky has some serious thinking to do.

What a delightful graphic novel! The whimsical illustrations and tongue-in-cheek tone offer amusement to big and small human readers alike, particularly cat lovers. Despite Binky's interest in fighting off alien invaders, Binky is 100% cat, and it is his very catlike ways, combined with his slightly unorthodox behavior, that make it all so sweet and funny. His point of view is all cat, and he is so very serious about everything, which just makes it all that much more hilarious.

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press, 2009)

Also reviewed at:

Maw Books Blog: "The book is energetic, clever, and simply entertaining. And one that parents will enjoy reading together as well."

Back to Books: "This is a truly adorable book! I enjoyed every single frame of it. The story has an amazingly full plot for such a short number of pages."

Young Readers: "I found Binky The Space Cat to be funny and charming. I loved the illustrations and the text. Binky is a character that I just loved."


  1. My daughter will love that book when she's a little older.

  2. Binky! Binky! Binky! Goooooo Binky!

    A new one comes out in September!

  3. aww he's so cute! and it sounds hilarious too.

  4. Pussreboots - One of my favorite things about having kids is hoarding books to share with them when they are old enough. I'm reading one of my very favorites to them right now, and they love it just as much as I did when I was a kid. Yay!

    Nicola - Thanks for telling me about this one! And hooray for a new one in September!

    Valentina - It's adorable! Hope you get a copy in at your book store some time soon. :-)

  5. This is too cute! I wish I had a younger relative to buy it for!

  6. Jenny - Well, I guess you can keep it in mind for future possible gifting! (Although I know quite a few adults who wouldn't mind having a copy.) :-)


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