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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Binky Takes Charge, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. Kids Can Press, 2012. $16.95 ages 8 and up

"Or at least there will be when
Binky is done training him.
Binky is no ordinary house cat...
or even an everyday space cat.
He is Lieutenant Binky.
Protector of humans!
Demolisher of aliens!
Passer of space gas!
And now, trainer of
F.U.R.S.T. recruits!"

He's back and his fans are going to be delighted. One thing about Binky; his personality never changes although his stories do! His new assignment makes him a trainer of recruits in F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel). Can you tell it's a VERY important job?

Binky knows the importance of good training and he is about to pass on all that he has learned 
en route to being made responsible for his first recruit. Pardon? A dog??? Yep, it's very true. Gordon is a DOG! Binky is undeterred. He knows what being a trainer is all about, and he is not going to let a dog ruin his first foray into proving himself capable and competent.

Gordon, however, is not up to the challenge. He might even be leaving messages for his poop! If Binky and Gracie can prove that he is a double agent, imagine the fame and notoriety. They just need proof. The lengths they go to get the goods will have everyone laughing and wishing for further adventure.

Ashley Spires has a wicked sense of humor which she shares abundantly in her graphic novel series about this spunky, suspicious and supercilious cat. Her graphic panels are filled with action and reaction, with sensitivity and surprise. You won't want to miss Binky's fourth adventure if you are a fan. If you haven't met him before, you are in for a laugh-out-loud treat!


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