|Normally, I don’t review books that have been out for a while, and I rarely (if ever) review technical books, but the two books I’m reviewing tonight are exceptions to the rule. I’ve been so impressed with these two books, that I felt it would be absolutely criminal to not discuss these books.|
Binky Under Pressure
Image Courtesy Kids Can Press
|Written and Illustrated by: Ashley Spires|
Kids Can Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55453-504-0 (hardback)
$16.95 Ages: 7 and up
Binky the cat is back, and life is good. He’s still an official certified space cat, but the problems he once faced seem so… mundane now. He can defeat alien invaders without leaving his bed, and nothing seems challenging anymore, until one day, a new kitty appears in his space ship. Not one to take occurrences like this lying down, Binky investigates and discovers a frightening secret – one that could get him kicked out of F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel)! Now, Binky not only has to prove he’s worthy of maintaining his status, but must also deal with a surprise alien invasion!
Binky is a character that the majority of kids can immediately identify with. He is charismatic, fun, endearing, and as human as a cat can be. Having to deal with the pressures of being upstaged (and fearing replacement) are topics that a lot of kids experience, regardless of the reality of the situation. Spires has created a series that while on the surface seems to be a silly cat story, really carries some emotional heft to it. Her artwork is clean and inviting, and Binky’s expressions have to be seen to be truly appreciated.
Binky is a great addition to any kid’s personal library. Public libraries and schools would do well to have at least one copy of this book (it wouldn’t hurt to have a copy of the previous book either). Binky is a fun and funny romp with an adorable protagonist who is just too much fun to be read once. This is a definite keeper.