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. Volume XVII Number 13. . . .November 26, 2010
Binky to the Rescue is the second instalment in Ashley Spires’ graphic novel series about a cat named Binky who fancies that he is a brave and gallant space cat protecting the world from domination by aliens. Binky the Space Cat was the first title in the Kids Can Press series. Although I did not find the latest instalment as humorous as the first title in the series, Binky to the Rescue maintains the series’ high standard. The series is fun, easy reading for children with a good sense of the ridiculous who enjoy letting their imaginations run free.
In Binky to the Rescue, Binky falls out of the bathroom window into what he considers to be “outer space”—the yard surrounding the house in which he lives with a human family and his mouse toy, Ted. Unfortunately, Ted also falls through the window, and, although Binky is eventually rescued and carried back inside, Ted is left abandoned outside in the yard. As such, Binky decides to launch a daring rescue. After all, “a space cat NEVER leaves a friend behind!” Binky’s rescue attempts are hampered by his own limitations and the well-meaning efforts of the humans to keep Binky safely inside the house.
Gregory Bryan is a professor of children’s literature in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba.
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