The First Cat in Space ate Pizza

Do you like cats? Robots? Adventure?

Are you a fan of space? Pizza? Stories about evil rats eating the moon?

Have you thought about what you would eat if you were on a spaceship and could only eat space food from a tube?

Do you love being in clubs, have a passion for collecting club cards, and wish that every book you read came with a built-in soundtrack?

If you answered yes to at least two of those questions, then have I got the book for you! Actually, if you answered yes to one of those questions, you should probably still give it a try, because this book has something for everyone...

When strange, unexplainable events start happening one day, Earth’s finest scientists start investigating... and discover a group of rats are eating the moon! There are only a few days left before the entire moon will be eaten, and there’s only one person on Earth who can stop that happening. But they’re not a person, they’re a cat. A cat with a microchip-enhanced brain, and a cybernetic technology spacesuit. The first cat in space...

The First Cat in Space ate Pizza is a graphic novel for young readers by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris. If you’ve enjoyed Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, Big Nate or the Bad Guys, or anything by Dav Pilkey, then this book should be next on your list. Full of adventure and funny jokes, you’ll follow Cat, a stowaway toe-nail-clipping robot, and the Queen of the Moon as they travel over, under, and through the moon’s surface to fight the rats and save the world. The drama is just right for young readers, and the text and the illustrations work together to make this a fun independent read for kids 8 or up. It would also work well for slightly younger children as a bedtime story with an adult who’s good at doing character voices and can read aloud the exciting adventure [Ed: Can confirm. My "cute robot voice" got a good workout]!

Will Cat, Queen, and Loz survive the giants, who have held a grudge against the queen since her mum banished them to the Land of Frost many years ago? Can they avoid the vengeful super computer who’s out to get them? How do baby pirates and bunnies fit in the story? Most importantly – can our heroes manage to save the Earth by saving the moon?!

There’s only one way for you to find out! Keep an eye out for this and other First Cat in Space books at your local library and read it yourself!

If you enjoy this book, make sure to check out the First Cat in Space website to listen to songs from the story, sign up to the First Cat Fan Club, and watch First Cat animations from when Mac and Shawn were writing this book during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. You can also print out characters and props to act out your own First Cat animation!

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