Fluffy Strikes Back

fluffyAuthor: Spires, Ashley Spires, Ashley (Author, Illustrator)
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 72
List Price: 16.95
Suggested Grades: 2 to 5
FICTION – (hardcover)

Fluffy Vandermere, the cat sergeant in charge of P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), works tirelessly to protect the world from alien (aka bug) domination. It’s a big job. ‘”The whole planet is Fluffy’s space station. All the people in the world are his humans. And every space pet out there is his responsibility.”

This hysterical graphic novel by talented artist Ashley Spires is a spin-off from her successful Binky series (Binky is a member of P.U.R.S.T.). Just as in the Binky books, dry wit and slapstick humor abound here as the animals oh-so-seriously go about their jobs — with the occasional bathroom break, of course. The artwork deftly conveys loads of action, emotional drama and physical comedy. This is a perfect book for emerging readers who are looking for something more challenging than a picture book that doesn’t have too much text. The irresistible Fluffy also does a terrific job of showcasing lessons on the character attributes of individual responsibility, determination and courage.Kirkus Review “This spinoff series opener is a must for Binky’s legions of faithful feline fans.”

Review by Shannon Ozirny. Quill and Quire, April, 2016 “The premise makes this familiar world joyfully accessible; Spires always lets kids in on the joke. A lot of humour aimed at young children is overladen with winks to the adult reading the book aloud, but Spires is, wholly and truly, a kid’s kid-book creator…Fluffy is a welcome addition to Spires’s universally lovable cat collective.”