Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Fluffy Strikes Back

Publish June 8, 2016

In Fluffy Strikes Back, author and illustrator Ashley Spires introduces readers to Sergeant Fluffy Vandermere, commander-in-chief of P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel).  The grumpy Persian tomcat has devoted his life to protecting the world from alien (aka bug) invasion.  In his younger years, Fluffy was a crackerjack agent, living dangerously on the front lines.  Now, as the head honcho, he is stuck behind a desk, and yearns for the excitement of squishing “real aliens with his bare paws.”  When P.U.R.S.T. Headquarters comes under attack by a gang of marauding mosquitoes, Sergeant Vandermere, without batting a whisker, nimbly springs into action. This witty graphic novel is full of tail-thumping, fur-flying espionage drama.  Visual humour abounds in the digitally-stylized panel illustrations, with a secret entrance disguised as a litter box, and a high-tech command center with surveillance cameras showing kittens snoozing on sofas and peeking out of windows.  The attacking insects have some powerful cat-repellent weapons in their arsenal, including water hoses and spray bottles.  Succinct speech bubbles express feline perplexity (“MURP?!”), anguish (“*GAH-ASP!*”), and triumph (“MEOW-WEE!”).   Fans of Ashley Spires’ Binky the Space Cat series will find this spin-off opener to be purr-fectly hilarious.

Fluffy Strikes Back

Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-77138-127-7

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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