Binky the Space Cat Review

Binky the Space Cat (2009) by Ashley Spires

Kids Can Press Publisher Notes
A graphic novel series featuring a loveable and delusional house cat named Binky, who, while in hot pursuit of an alien wanderer (a bug), falls out of the space station porthole (the bathroom window) and finds himself in outer space (outside the house).

“The humor in this graphic novel hits every note …” —    School Library Journal Starred Review, November 2009

“Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.”— Kirkus Reviews Starred Review, July 2009

A couple months ago, some grade 4 students from my school introduced me to this adorable book by Ashley Spires. As a pet owner, I’ve always wondered what my animals are thinking about. This story allows the reader the opportunity to enter the imaginative mind of Binky the cat and his mission against aliens (bugs).

Here is a glimpse inside the book:

As you can see, it is a great graphic novel for younger readers transitioning from picture books. Every frame has fun eye-catching illustrations and easy to read hilarious text. The humour in the story will allow every reader (regardless of age) enjoy a laugh.  It would be easy for reluctant readers to get into this fun book because it is a fully developed story within a short number of words and pages.

Parents, teachers and librarians should also check out Kids Can Press’ website for graphic novel activities for Binky the Space Cat. The activities are based on art, visual literacy, writing and creativity for children ages 7-10 years old.  The ‘before, during, and after’ reading suggestions are GREAT! I really loved the step-by-step instructions of how to draw Binky and know many children would love being able to create their own comic adventure.

****Don’t forget— Binky the Space Cat is the first book in the Binky graphic novel Adventure Series. The second book, Binky to the Rescue will be available for Binky fans SOON!!!! September 2010. 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carole Theriault
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 15:25:09

    I’ll certainly add Binky’s books to my schools library. I’m certain our students will love them. Thank you for your review and recommendation.

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