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


In the first of what will hopefully be a long and successful series, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, comes Binky the Space Cat, a wonderful original cat story that combines both the realistic and hilarious antics of a cat (cat owners will be able to laugh along and sympathize), as well as an entertaining storyline.  Binky is your ordinary, unusual looking cat that knows the world is under threat from aliens.  His human masters call the aliens bugs, but through a process of elimination, he has worked out that bugs and aliens are one and the same.  He protects the humans from the aliens constantly; it’s his job in return for foods and pettings.  Then one day he finds a membership form and kit for becoming a space cat in his giant bag of food.  How much will it take to become a true space cat?  How will he build his spaceship?  And what will happen to his humans?  All will be revealed in Binky the Space Cat!

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Originally written on July 18th 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.