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CatStronauts: Mission Moon Paperback – April 18, 2017
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Praise for CatStronauts:
"Brockington's off-the-wall kitty sci-fi series packs the full-color panels with cute cats, space travel, and comical high jinks... sure to elicit lots of giggles among middlegrade comics fans."―Booklist
"The engagingly lighthearted drama and positive resolutions, and the expressive characters, who are as adorable as they are adventurous, provide... fun purchases that will do well on their own or paired with heavier nonfiction titles on history or the environment."
―School Library Journal
"Humor and suspense compete throughout... In playful, mock-heroic, full-color cartoons, Brockington mines space theater for everything.... Even the chapter headings get in on the fun."―Publishers Weekly
"There's lots of enthusiasm for graphic novels for this age range, and the CatStronauts deserve a spot."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
Drew Brockington has flown a Space Shuttle, repaired the International Space Station, and served in Mission Control; all during a week at Space Camp. He works at his drawing table while his dog snores at his feet. CatStronauts is his first book. He lives with his family in Minneapolis.
Top customer reviews
He immediately abandoned the tablet and sat in the middle of the living room for an hour reading the entire book out loud. He's finishing kindergarten, so not all the words are familiar to him and he needed some help, but he understood most of the jokes. The author was able to effectively balance humor and tension in a potentially... cat-astrophic situation so well that my boy couldn't put it down. When it was bed time he asked me to finish the story really quickly so he wouldn't have to wonder how it ended.
This is a true success for Mr Brockington, and I'm excited to read Race to Mars with my son tonight.
twin #1 reading at grade level:
"Five stars. I like how the sort of shortest and smallest cat is so bossy and funny, I don't know why but he just reminds of a cat named of Bob, that's what I keep thinking he should be named. The artwork is funny, especially how Waffles is always ready to eat. I like how Blanket will never stop wanting to invent more gadgets to use in space and more places. Castrobot was invented by Blanket and Castrobot can do all these things especially like open the door when they are shut out and cannot get in. Pom Pom is like the most mathematic cat in the whole book. Pom Pom does tons of things, in the beginning of the book you see Pompom doing like all these mathematical equations."
twin #2 reading a year ahead of grade level (she said this was 4.5 stars for her):
"It was almost too young for me. It was funny, and cute. My favorite character was Waffles because he's always hungry and always making funny things out of what other people say. I thought it was cool how they put two books in one and I think the way they drew the cats was cute."
The book will also be a great choice for those who like their comics devoid of swearing and obscenity (I'm exhausted by comic artists adding swearing in an attempt to give their usually lame efforts a hip gloss). This volume is delightfully free of such excess.
I hope this volume will be enjoyed by younger readers with the possible result of inspiring them to pursue the sciences (and perhaps get our space program back on track). If you loved following the space race in the 70s, you will most likely enjoy this book as well. Liking cats is a bonus, but I'm more of a dog person, and I still loved this. I hope to see more comics by this author/illustrator.
“In Book 1: Mission Moon, the cats are having a major blackout problem. So the major sends the CatStronauts to to the moon to put a solar power plant up there and solve the energy problem.
In Book 2: Race to Mars, the cats receive their rewards for being heroes and saving the power source for the world. After some additional training, they race to be the first cats on Mars.
I think Catstronauts is good for kids who like comic strips. It’s a lot of fun to read, full of action, and funny. It’s especially good if you like cats!”
I am always excited to encourage my child’s reading habit, so it’s definitely a positive when I can find books that are enjoyable at her reading level. CatStronauts has been a big hit, and she read both books within the first day or two after they arrived. The illustrations are charming, the story is well-written, and the humor brings it all together. I would gladly recommend it to other families with other elementary-aged children who are looking to share a love of reading and adventure (and cats)!