Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Binky: License to Scratch by Ashley Spires - OPTIONAL

Spires, Ashley Binky: License to Scratch, 64 pgs.  Kids Can Press, 2013.  $16.95  GRAPHIC NOVEL Content: G. 
Two cats, Binky and Grace and their dog, Gordie are taken to the vet to be babysat while their owners go on vacation.  Binky believes that only bad things can happen at the vet, so he is intent on escaping.  He tries to communicate with Gordie and Grace in different ways.  When they finally find themselves in the venting system on their way to escape, they run into Professor Tuffy, a cat who has been watching the vet through the vents and has made an alien/feline hybrid.  Just as Binky and his friends help Tuffy and the vet find each other, Binky’s owners show up from their trip and take them home. 
This story is all over the place and the world building is confusing because it’s a mix of reality (like the vet), and pretend, (the cats think they are on a space mission).  The characters aren’t funny or endearing and the storyline is boring.  My boys love graphic novels, but this one was too confusing and they didn’t really care for it. 
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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