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 First cat in space ate pizza (First Cat In Space)
 Author: Barnett, Mac

 Publisher:  HarperAlley (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 309 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 091687 ISBN: 9780063084087
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Cats -- Fiction
 Rats -- Fiction
 Space flight to the moon -- Fiction
 Graphic novels
 Humorous fiction

Price: $21.88

Something terrible is happening in the skies! Rats are eating the MOON! There's only ONE hero for the job, a bold and fearsome beast bioengineered in a secret lab to be the moon's savior and Earth's last hope! And that hero is . . . a cat. A cat who will be blasted into space! Will these unlikely heroes save the moon in time? Can a toenail-clipping robot find its purpose in the vast universe? And will the First Cat in Space ever eat some pizza? In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Harris, Shawn
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 517091

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/22)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/05/22)
   Booklist (04/15/22)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/22)
 The Hornbook (00/07/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2022 Gr 3–5—When moths, the ocean, and a wereduck—all things impacted by the moon—start exhibiting strange behaviors, a scientist working at an observatory notices something incredible: the moon is being eaten by intergalactic rats! When officials at the military headquarters in the Hexagon learn they only have three days to stop the rats or else the moon will be lost altogether, they prepare to send in Project 47: a cat enhanced with microchips in its brain, a cybernetic biotech space suit, and a penchant for pizza. Running gags that manage to stay fresh, clever panel-crossings, and fourth wall-breaking book references are all part of the charming humor of this online experience turned graphic novel. The art is simple but sophisticated, with a rough chalk texture giving it a childlike appearance. The dominant colors of black and cornflower blue are used to represent outer space, but other colors are present—notably warm reds, yellows, and oranges. Many of the characters are anthropomorphic animals; protagonist First Cat never speaks beyond saying "Meow," but meaning is mostly explained via context. Of the humans, there is a mixture of white and BIPOC representation; the General and the scientist appear to be Black. Footnotes are left for readers on where to find music from the story online. VERDICT Readers looking for the outer space high jinks and gentle humor of Brockington's Catstronauts and the imaginative and fantastical worldbuilding of Andrews's This Was Our Pact need look no further than this laugh-out-loud tale of the first cat in space.—Alea Perez - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2022 When evil rats from outer space begin eating Earth’s moon, the only answer is to blast a cat in a space suit up there to deal with them. Thus begins a hilarious series of episodic space adventures, colored by a host of silly characters who help or hinder First Cat on his way to confronting the villainous Rat King. Best buds Barnett and Harris have here adapted their inspiring “live cartoon” video series into a meaty graphic novel, and it’s an obvious work of creative joy. Gags from the videos are successfully repeated on the page, and the jokes work on multiple levels: even when some of the more meta humor goes over the heads of less experienced readers, there’s visual and tonal comedy in every panel. Harris’ thick-lined cartoon artwork adds undeniable grandeur and beauty to the settings of an otherwise goofy affair, and the character design is endearing, especially the laconic First Cat (“Meow”), who ventures to the moon with all the air of Washington crossing the Delaware. A definite winner in the age of Dog Man. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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