Thursday, November 1, 2018

Space Cat Meets Mars by Ruthven Todd

Originally written in 1957, Dover has republished, Space Cat Meets Mars for a new generation to enjoy.  Colonel Fred Stone and his cat, Flyball, are travelling on the spaceship Halley at the start of another space adventure. The book is written from Flyball's perspective (who is under the impression that humans exist to serve cats).

Fred and Flyball are on their way back home after visiting Venus, when Fred realizes that something is wrong. Something seems to be pulling them off their course home. In order to the save the ship, Fred routes them to Mars to make some necessary repairs to the ship.

Once on Mars, Flyball starts exploring the planet and finds a very interesting new friend. After getting acquainted, Flyball doesn't want to say good-bye. Kids will enjoy reading about the adventures of Fred and Flyball and their exploration of Mars. The illustrations by Paul Galdone are amazing and will draw children into the story about this interesting human/feline duo.

Space Cat Meets Mars is a great book for early readers who have graduated from picture books and are starting to tackle chapter books. Having illustrations sprinkled throughout offers a wonderful bridge between picture and chapter books. This imaginative tale is wholesome and humorous and would be a great bedtime read over several nights. Thank you, Dover, for bringing such a wonderful book back into print!

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of Space Cat Meets Mars from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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