Fluffy Strikes Back

illus. by Ashley Spires. 72p. Kids Can. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771381277; pap. $8.95. ISBN 9781771381338.
Gr 2–5—From the creator of "Binky the Space Cat" comes this laugh-out-loud new series. Sergeant Fluffy Vandermere is the main cat in charge of P.U.R.S.T., or Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel. He is in charge of all space pets and must make sure they succeed in protecting their humans from alien insect attacks. He reminisces about the excitement of being in the field but knows that someone has to be in charge, and he excels at his job. However, when the alien insects attack, the Sergeant is thrown headfirst into a world that he thought he had left behind. The artwork has a neat, clean look with a fitting use of deep, bold grays. The panels are organized with minimal yet effective words on the page. Though the animals are somewhat anthropomorphized they maintain their animal language, making for a comical dynamic. Their actions are conveyed through detailed illustrations that focus on facial expressions and physical reactions.
VERDICT An appealing and fun introduction for emerging graphic novel fans.

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