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Binky the Space Cat (A Binky Adventure) Hardcover – August 1, 2009

4.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Binky Series

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Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.

With plenty of visual gags and a cute hero, this book is perfect for kids who are transitioning from easy readers to early chapter books, while the dry humor will also keep stronger readers engaged.

... Binky’s misadventures are a delight.

The humor in this graphic novel hits every note ...

About the Author

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: GN740L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Binky Adventure
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554533090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554533091
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I love this book, my just six year old loves it and my husband loves it. Binky is laugh out loud funny as he protects his humans from the not-so-scary alien invasion. My son reads a bit above his age level and I've had a hard time finding graphic novels that are both age appropriate and that fit his reading level. I hope that we see more of Binky.
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This one is a laugh a page. Never mind that we are a cat family and just know some of our kitties think and act like Binky, this book will charm you and give little ones big giggles with Binky's shenanigans, all perfectly targeted for ages 6-10. This graphic novel format is a great way to encourage reading. And beneath all of this wonderful, engaging and fun adventure is the maxim: there's no place like home and family!
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We can't wait for Binky's second adventure! This kept my 10 year old daughter, eight year old son and me spellbound for the short duration it took to read it. The illustrations were wonderful and the story was captivating.
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This review is based on the opinion of an adult and not a child. Binky the Space Cat in my opinion is well written and the art work would definitely appeal to children. The art is easy to follow and has some humor in it. Those who own or have owned a cat would get the humor of this story. The only negative critique I would give would be Binky’s flatulence. I know the story is meant for kids but the farting animal bit is used far too often in children’s literature and in movies, and the humor of it has worn off on me. Other than that I would definitely recommend this title to children or the young at heart.
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I'm a 3rd-5th grade teacher and my kids really enjoy this comic book series. The best part is that it's leveled for Accelerated Reader (AR), so my kiddos get points for reading it. As an adult, I can appreciate appropriate comic books for children, especially since we should be providing multiple genres of text.
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I'm not a regular reader of graphic novels--as a matter of fact, I'd pick them up only if nothing else is available. (I don't have anything against them, I just find them visually overwhelming for me...) However, this was handed to me by a friend and given the simple format, I thought I'd give it a try. It was so cleverly crafted and so funny, I read it in minutes. A great read particularly for cat lovers, but anyone really could enjoy this book.
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Binky is your everyday-variety football-shaped cat who's out to do good, save the world, and keep his humans safe. He also dreams of traveling deep into outer space (which, as he understands it, is the world outside his front door). His dreams start to come true when he finds his application to the Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel at the bottom of a bag of cat food.

The aliens Binky must protect the world from are known as bugs to human beings, but Binky can see the truth. He knows that he has an obligation to serve his humans and offer his services in return for food and cuddling.

Artist and author Ashley Spires started her career with children's books, but this is her first graphic novel. It's sweet and very funny (as usual in the eternal debate in whether dogs or cats are better, it will help if you like cats already--although that's not absolutely essential), and it seems that Spires is launching Binky into an ongoing series with this book.

The content is entirely kid-friendly, of course, and geared toward much younger readers. Older children will enjoy Spires's lovely cartoon drawings, done in hushed shades that are rendered, we are told, in "ink, watercolor, and cat fur." Parents will find a lot to enjoy in the story, too, a good sign in case they are tasked with reading the book over and over again to their young ones.

Binky's a typical cat in most other respects, and that makes him pretty lovable and fun to read about (presuming, of course, that you are one of those aforementioned cat people). Either way, this very funny, very charming book (the illustrations are great too) promises to launch a worthy feline into kids' hearts--if not quite into outer space.

-- John Hogan
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I read the entire set of Binky Books to my grandson who is a kindergartner and he LOVED them! I did too and I'm 69. This charming story about a brave space cat who never leaves the house (except when he slipped out the window a few times) is one you want to read aloud and together with someone else. There are so many delightful details in the art and the words even describe the colorful sounds in Binky's life. This series is a treasure and I can't wait for the next one. (These books are educationally challenging too, but more importantly they're FUN!)
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