Binky the Space Cat
By Ashley Spires
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 (house). 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.
What I like about Binky the Space Cat is that he is a space cat, but also tries to save his family by eating bugs which he thinks are aliens. My favorite part is when he does karate to save his family from the alien bug that is really just a fly. The funniest part is when Binky does funny things like when he welcomes his family by scratching their knees but they say Oww!! And when he gives them massages by poking his claws into their feet. Also, when he helps them take out the grocery store food from the bag, but he’s actually eating it. A lot of this reminds me of my cat, Scratchy. Oh, and I also love the part when he tries to sing his family to sleep, but he’s actually purring and it’s annoying them!
Why I love this book:
How can one NOT refuse a cute, fat cat carrying a stuffed mouse with a jar on its head? This graphic novel has a number of great things going for it, including the simple-but-quirky illustrations, a cat with self-assurance and adventure (and a lovie who gets toted around with him everywhere), and a trip to space… well, Binky-style (he doesn’t really leave the house). Punkee loved this book, and was immediately attracted to the funny cover (as was I), and loved that she could relate her own cat to the antics of Binky. This book can speak to both genders, and can make any age chuckle.