Binky to the Rescue

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While in hot pursuit of an alien invader (a bug), Binky accidentally falls out the space station porthole (bathroom window) and finds himself in outer space (outside) for the very first time. But just as Binky begins to explore, he discovers that his copilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), is trapped beneath an enemy warship (wasps' nest)! Binky must rescue Ted from the clutches of these evil aliens. Will he be able to save his best friend? Can Ted survive his ordeal? Does Binky still suffer from space gas? This book will...
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Overview

While in hot pursuit of an alien invader (a bug), Binky accidentally falls out the space station porthole (bathroom window) and finds himself in outer space (outside) for the very first time. But just as Binky begins to explore, he discovers that his copilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), is trapped beneath an enemy warship (wasps' nest)! Binky must rescue Ted from the clutches of these evil aliens. Will he be able to save his best friend? Can Ted survive his ordeal? Does Binky still suffer from space gas? This book will delight graphic novel readers of all ages.
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Kirkus Reviews

Intrepid Space Cat Binky returns with another thrilling and dangerous adventure! While keeping his humans safe from invading aliens (i.e., insects), Binky falls from a window into OUTER SPACE! (aka the backyard). Thank goodness he has his Space Cat Exploration Kit, and he industriously takes notes on alien life until he discovers that his companion Ted (his purple mousie) fell into outer space with him. Just as he plans a rescue, wasps attack and Binky's humans pull him inside...now Binky must escape the house to save poor Ted from evil alien stingers, but his humans won't let him out! Good thing Space Cat Binky is now schooled in the ways of alien beasts. Spires's second tale of (melo-) dramatic derring-do featuring her pudgy hero-in-his-own-mind Space Cat Binky is as much of a hoot as the first. Binky flinging ear swabs like surikens at an invading fly, painting himself to blend in with the wallpaper...priceless. The muted palette and variety of panel shapes, sound effects, expressive characters and deadpan humor work in perfect rib-tickling harmony. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)

Publishers Weekly
Who doesn't love a cat comic? Although Binky thinks he's a space cat (as seen in his previous book) and his home a space station, his actions are very recognizable as classic feline. He chases bugs, jumps on the furniture, and generally makes a mess of things. He doesn't talk, though; much of this comic is narrated through captions, which express his motivations and feelings. In this case, he's stunned when he accidentally falls out a window into "outer space" and tangles with a hive of bees. Unfortunately, Binky's stuffed mouse toy, Ted, also falls into the garden, and the second half of the book follows Binky's attempts to rescue his friend. Although Binky's drawn movements are catlike, his creativity matches that of an imaginative child, providing more points of identification and amusement. Spires's skilled cartooning makes this easy to read and follow, with clear actions supporting a silly, outrageous story. Ages 7–10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Binky is a certified space cat. The story starts with Binky chasing his third alien in one day (of course it is only a bug). His determination takes him to the bathroom where he climbs the shower curtain rod, jumps into the sink, knocks over the garbage can, pops the screen out of the window and falls out. He does not know where he is and decides he is in outer space. Of course it is really the back yard, but still, it is new to Binky. He starts writing down all the things he sees in outer space like "aliens are capable of digging underground." While out there something stings his tail and he is surrounded by bees (aliens) and is saved by his owner who takes him back into the house (spaceship), feeds and comforts him. Unfortunately, Binky realized that when he fell out, so did his best friend Ted who is a small, pink stuffed mouse. How will he ever get him back? Will he have to go back out and get stung again? Oh my! What will he do? This is absolutely a delightful book. Binky is such a lovable character and learns that he should never doubt the human who he lives with. I highly recommend this book, and hope that a lot more Binky adventures will follow. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—When Binky the space cat and Ted, his stuffed mouse, fall out of the window and find themselves adrift in outer space (the backyard), the cat has to rely on his training to combat the aliens (bees and spiders) and to get himself home again. Although the feline returns safely, his trusty cohort has been left behind and Binky must brave the unexpected again. The text is cleverly written, and the jokes are appealing to young readers. From Binky's inner monologue about the motives of his humans to his excessive habit of munching on cat crunchies and releasing a discreet "pooot," he is funny. As with Binky the Space Cat (Kids Can, 2009), the graphic-novel layout is simple and easy to follow. Spires changes the number of panels and frames per page and includes full-page layouts. The watercolor illustrations are a perfect medium to capture Binky's changing expressions, allowing readers to understand his emotions even without reading the text. A great choice for beginning chapter-book readers or an introduction to graphic novels, this one's a winner in both quality and appeal.—Catherine Brenner, Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554535026
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Binky Adventure Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 700,435
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    We've become a huge fan!

    As a parent, this has become one of my son's favorite books (4). The illustrations tell a great story that my son can follow and gets him asking questions. This is a book that he can read the pictures on his own, but we both enjoy it for a lap read.

    As a teacher a great book to get boys interested in reading. Looking for a book to teach point of view/perspective, Binky views the world through a whole new pair of eyes. The story sequence is easy to follow and contains much humor and drama through Binky's attempts at rescuing his co-pilot. Children will learn the power of observation, how watching others can give you ideas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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