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Friday, July 29, 2016

Fluffy Strikes Back, by Ashley Spires. Kids Can Press, 2016. $16.95 ages 5 and up


It has a communication device!

The other aliens are coming for him!

He'll have to find another way to the cadets.

He's been hit!"

This new spinoff introduces Sgt. Fluffy Vandermere. He's Binky's boss and his responsibility for leading P.U.R.S.T (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) means that he keeps Earth's humans safe from alien invaders every single day. He does it with such flair. Any unsuspecting insect is fair game for annihilation! Click, his assistant, ensures that relevant facts are transmitted. Fluffy's life behind the desk has been effective, but he will admit to a touch of laziness, Fighting off an alien attack is not as easy as it once was.

Still, when the aliens breach the base's safety net and take over, it is up to Fluffy to make the plan that will  succeed in deposing the insect infiltration. From his 'secret bunker', with Click and Engineer Darryl in tow, Fluffy becomes aware that hostages have been taken and must be freed.  Is it an impossible task, or can they take back their base? You will have to read this graphic novel to find out for yourselves.

Terrific design, clever and witty dialogue, and expressive silliness will attract new fans and satisfy their need to return to Binky's milieu in this most welcome adventure. It's a book perfect for kids, but the adults who share it will have a great time reading it, too. Oh, and yes, there is some litterbox funny stuff!

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