Graphic Novels from Kids Can Press

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  • 1
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    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky the Space Cat Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554533091 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: August 01, 2009
    $16.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Binky is a space cat – at least in his own mind. He’s really a house cat who has never left the family "space station." Unlike other house cats, Binky has a mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs). Binky must undergo rigorous training so he can repel the alien attacks that threaten his humans. As he builds his spaceship, he must be extremely careful with his blueprints – the enemy is always watching.

      Soon Binky is ready to voyage into outer space. His humans go out there every day and he’s sure they need a certified space cat to protect them. But just as he’s about to blast off with his co-pilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), Binky realizes that he’s left something very important behind ... and it’s not the zero-gravity kitty litter.

      In the first book in the Binky Adventure series, graphic-novel readers will delight in watching where this lovable and quirky cat’s imagination takes him.
      Bio

      Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of Binky the Space Cat and illustrator of C’mere, Boy! She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Hackmatack Award 2010, Winner
      Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards 2010, Short-listed
      Silver Birch Express, Ontario Library Association 2011, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2010, Winner
      Reviews
      Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.
      With plenty of visual gags and a cute hero, this book is perfect for kids who are transitioning from easy readers to early chapter books, while the dry humor will also keep stronger readers engaged.
      With plenty of visual gags and a cute hero, this book is perfect for kids who are transitioning from easy readers to early chapter books, while the dry humor will also keep stronger readers engaged.
      ... Binky’s misadventures are a delight.
      ... Binky’s misadventures are a delight.
      The humor in this graphic novel hits every note ...
      The humor in this graphic novel hits every note ...
  • 2
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky the Space Cat Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554534197 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: August 01, 2009
    $8.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Binky is a space cat – at least in his own mind. He’s really a house cat who has never left the family "space station." Unlike other house cats, Binky has a mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs). Binky must undergo rigorous training so he can repel the alien attacks that threaten his humans. As he builds his spaceship, he must be extremely careful with his blueprints – the enemy is always watching.

      Soon Binky is ready to voyage into outer space. His humans go out there every day and he’s sure they need a certified space cat to protect them. But just as he’s about to blast off with his co-pilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), Binky realizes that he’s left something very important behind ... and it’s not the zero-gravity kitty litter.

      In the first book in the Binky Adventure series, graphic-novel readers will delight in watching where this lovable and quirky cat’s imagination takes him.
      Bio

      Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of Binky the Space Cat and illustrator of C’mere, Boy! She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Hackmatack Award 2010, Winner
      Comics for Kids Award, Joe Shuster Awards 2010, Short-listed
      Silver Birch Express, Ontario Library Association 2011, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2010, Winner
      Reviews
      ... Binky's misadventures are a delight.—Quill & Quire
      With plenty of visual gags and a cute hero, this book is perfect for kids who are transitioning from easy readers to early chapter books, while the dry humor will also keep stronger readers engaged.—Booklist
      The humor in this graphic novel hits every note ...—School Library Journal, Starred Review
      Spires's mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • 3
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky to the Rescue Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554535026 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 01, 2010
    $16.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      While in hot pursuit of an alien invader (a bug), Binky accidentally falls out the space station porthole (bathroom window) and finds himself in outer space (outside) for the very first time. But just as Binky begins to explore, he discovers that his copilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), is trapped beneath an enemy warship (wasps’ nest)! Binky must rescue Ted from the clutches of these evil aliens. Will he be able to save his best friend? Can Ted survive his ordeal? Does Binky still suffer from space gas? This book will delight graphic novel readers of all ages.
      Bio

      Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of Binky the Space Cat and illustrator of Cmere, Boy! She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Comics for Kids, Joe Shuster Awards 2011, Short-listed
      Best Publication for Kids, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2011, Short-listed
      Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews 2010, Winner
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2011, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2011, Winner
      Reviews
      A great choice for beginning chapter-book readers or an introduction to graphic novels, this one's a winner in both quality and appeal.—School Library Journal
      Intrepid Space Cat Binky returns with another thrilling and dangerous adventure! The muted palette and variety of panel shapes, sound effects, expressive characters and deadpan humor work in perfect rib-tickling harmony.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
      Visually stimulating and a lot of fun, this is great addition to any graphic novel collection. Worthy.—SLJ Fuse 8
      Spires's skilled cartooning makes this easy to read and follow, with clear actions supporting a silly, outrageous story.—Publishers Weekly
      Spires offers just the right combination of cute cat drawings, a silly plot, and fart jokes to appeal to her audience.—Booklist
  • 4
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky to the Rescue Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554535972 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 01, 2010
    $8.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      While in hot pursuit of an alien invader (a bug), Binky accidentally falls out the space station porthole (bathroom window) and finds himself in outer space (outside) for the very first time. But just as Binky begins to explore, he discovers that his copilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), is trapped beneath an enemy warship (wasps’ nest)! Binky must rescue Ted from the clutches of these evil aliens. Will he be able to save his best friend? Can Ted survive his ordeal? Does Binky still suffer from space gas? This book will delight graphic novel readers of all ages.
      Bio

      Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of Binky the Space Cat and illustrator of C’mere, Boy! She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Comics for Kids, Joe Shuster Awards 2011, Short-listed
      Best Publication for Kids, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2011, Short-listed
      Book of the Year, ForeWord Reviews 2010, Winner
      Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2011, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2011, Winner
      Reviews
      A great choice for beginning chapter-book readers or an introduction to graphic novels, this one's a winner in both quality and appeal.—School Library Journal
      Visually stimulating and a lot of fun, this is great addition to any graphic novel collection. Worthy.—SLJ Fuse 8
      Spires's skilled cartooning makes this easy to read and follow, with clear actions supporting a silly, outrageous story.—Publishers Weekly
      Spires offers just the right combination of cute cat drawings, a silly plot, and fart jokes to appeal to her audience.—Booklist
      Intrepid Space Cat Binky returns with another thrilling and dangerous adventure! The muted palette and variety of panel shapes, sound effects, expressive characters and deadpan humor work in perfect rib-tickling harmony.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • 5
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky Under Pressure Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554535040 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 01, 2011
    $16.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      In Binky’s third adventure, our intrepid, sometimes accident-prone hero is shaken out of his routine when he’s forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky’s space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway). Binky instantly resents the new arrival, whose cute face and perfect manners are downright annoying. Indeed, Gracie seems too perfect. So Binky decides to do some undercover investigating and discovers a shocking truth about the family guest. Soon Binky is thrust full-throttle into a situation that puts all his Space Cat skills to the ultimate test!
      Bio

      Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of Binky the Space Cat and illustrator of C’mere, Boy! She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Reviews
      Another winning entry in the series .... Sure to be a hit with graphic-novel fans and cat lovers.—School Library Journal
      Fans will celebrate; aliens will quiver in fright.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • 6
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky Under Pressure Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554537679 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 01, 2011
    $8.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      In Binky’s third adventure, our intrepid, sometimes accident-prone hero is shaken out of his routine when he’s forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky’s space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway). Binky instantly resents the new arrival, whose cute face and perfect manners are downright annoying. Indeed, Gracie seems too perfect. So Binky decides to do some undercover investigating and discovers a shocking truth about the family guest. Soon Binky is thrust full-throttle into a situation that puts all his Space Cat skills to the ultimate test!
      Bio

      Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of Binky the Space Cat and illustrator of C’mere, Boy! She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2012, Winner
      Reviews
      Another winning entry in the series .... Sure to be a hit with graphic-novel fans and cat lovers.—School Library Journal
      Fans will celebrate; aliens will quiver in fright.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • 7
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky Takes Charge Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554537037 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 01, 2012
    $16.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Binky the Space Cat, star of this junior graphic novel series, has been assigned an important mission: to train a new space cadet recruit. But when the youngster named Gordon shows up at Binky's house, he's not the kitten Binky expected. In fact, he's not a kitten at all. He's a dog! Because of a new diversity program, dogs are now allowed into P.U.R.S.T. --- Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel (formerly Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel). Ever dutiful, Binky and his colleague Gracie give it their best effort to train him, but Gordon just seems too simpleminded to be up to the task. It's not until they've nearly given up in exasperation that the two cats learn the surprising truth about Gordon --- he's not the dimwitted dog they thought he was! Author-illustrator Ashley Spires has created a hilarious premise for this unique series. The artwork, with its limited palette of soft neutral colors, keeps the focus on the animals' antics. The dialogue is mainly in cat- or dog-speak (“roooph!”), but Spires also includes many other sound effects (including “pssssssss” for peeing and “poot” for gas passing). This book is clever and funny, with lots of action, melodrama and laugh-out-loud physical comedy, making it enormously appealing to emerging readers. In addition, the inclusion of the topic of diversity here provides an opportunity for classroom discussions about differences and our expectations about others. The book also speaks to the character education concepts of initiative, responsibility and teamwork.
      Bio
      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, English fiction category 2013, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2013, Winner
      Reviews
      Great entertainment for readers big and little whether they are fans already or not.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
      The series remains a must-have for all children's collections.—Booklist Online
  • 8
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky Takes Charge Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554537686 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 Publication Date: September 01, 2012
    $8.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Binky the Space Cat, star of this junior graphic novel series, has been assigned an important mission: to train a new space cadet recruit. But when the youngster named Gordon shows up at Binky's house, he's not the kitten Binky expected. In fact, he's not a kitten at all. He's a dog! Because of a new diversity program, dogs are now allowed into P.U.R.S.T. --- Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel (formerly Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel). Ever dutiful, Binky and his colleague Gracie give it their best effort to train him, but Gordon just seems too simpleminded to be up to the task. It's not until they've nearly given up in exasperation that the two cats learn the surprising truth about Gordon --- he's not the dimwitted dog they thought he was! Author-illustrator Ashley Spires has created a hilarious premise for this unique series. The artwork, with its limited palette of soft neutral colors, keeps the focus on the animals' antics. The dialogue is mainly in cat- or dog-speak (“roooph!”), but Spires also includes many other sound effects (including “pssssssss” for peeing and “poot” for gas passing). This book is clever and funny, with lots of action, melodrama and laugh-out-loud physical comedy, making it enormously appealing to emerging readers. In addition, the inclusion of the topic of diversity here provides an opportunity for classroom discussions about differences and our expectations about others. The book also speaks to the character education concepts of initiative, responsibility and teamwork.
      Bio
      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, English fiction category 2013, Winner
      Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2013, Winner
      Reviews
      Great entertainment for readers big and little whether they are fans already or not.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
      The series remains a must-have for all children's collections.—Booklist Online
  • 9
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky: License to Scratch Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554539635 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 On Sale Date: September 01, 2013
    $16.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Binky the space cat and his team of space pets are left at the vet's office while their humans are away. Binky plans an escape, only to stumble on a secret experiment that could give vicious aliens the upper hand! It's up to Binky and his friends to save the humans ... and themselves! Binky: License to Scratch is the final book in the Binky Adventure series, where dry humour and sci-fi slapstick are mixed with lots of heart.
      Bio
      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      2014 Libris Awards, Retail Council of Canada 2014, Long-listed
      Reviews
      Fans will be pleased (if sad to say goodbye), and new readers will beg for the indomitable space cat's earlier adventures.—Kirkus Reviews
  • 10
    catalogue cover
    Series: Binky Adventure, A
    Binky: License to Scratch Ashley Spires Canada, Ashley Spires Canada
    9781554539642 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5, Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 On Sale Date: September 01, 2013
    $8.95 CAD 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      Binky the space cat and his team of space pets are left at the vet's office while their humans are away. Binky plans an escape, only to stumble on a secret experiment that could give vicious aliens the upper hand! It's up to Binky and his friends to save the humans ... and themselves! Binky: License to Scratch is the final book in the Binky Adventure series, where dry humour and sci-fi slapstick are mixed with lots of heart.
      Bio
      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.

      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      2014 Libris Awards, Retail Council of Canada 2014, Long-listed
      Reviews
      Fans will be pleased (if sad to say goodbye), and new readers will beg for the indomitable space cat's earlier adventures.—Kirkus Reviews

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