The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom

By Mac Barnett
Illustrators Illustrated by Shawn Harris Edition

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Publisher HarperCollins Imprint Katherine Tegen ISBN


The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom

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New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Shawn Harris return for the second installment of a hilarious full-color POB middle grade graphic novel series following the adventures of First Cat, LOZ 4000, and the Moon Queen, as they work to uncover who poisoned the Queen’s soup. Perfect for fans of Dav Pilkey and Jeff Kinney.

The Moon Queen has been poisoned—by SOUP. And with few she can trust in her own court, she and First Cat will have to journey alone to find the antidote in time. If only Loz4000 were still with them…

But the once-heroic toenail clipping robot is running from his own terrible tale, and now looking for new purpose and meaning in this vast universe, taking Loz4000 far away from his friends.

Unbeknownst to our trio, secret forces are working against them. With villainous cowboys about, high-speed chases, and pianos falling from the sky—can our iconic trio find their way back to one another and save the Moon Queen before it’s too late? And who would want to poison her? Will they ever eat soup again? Is Captain Babybeard, the adorable baby pirate, in this one?

Full-color illustrations were drawn in pencils and charcoal and colored digitally.
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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-A failed set of assassination attempts on the Moon Queen-first by serving her poisoned soup, then by a knife attack carried out by an assassin disguised as a chef-send her and her close friend First Cat on a mission to find an antidote and determine who was behind it all. After an unsuccessful attempt to reconnect with their long-missing friend LOZ 4000, the toenail clipping robot, Moon Queen and First Cat pay a visit to a wizard who reveals the Moon Queen only has 24 hours from the time she tasted the soup to find the antidote before the poison turns her to glass. With 19 hours remaining, Moon Queen and First Cat set out to obtain the antidote, and chaos ensues. In a return to form for this sequel, now entirely set on the moon, many of the features of book one are present once again: artwork that has a simple but sophisticated style in its textured, retro-hued pastel chalk appearance with heavy black line work, variable and angular panels that denote action, footnotes that provide links to real world recordings of music referenced in the story, self-referential jokes that break the fourth wall, and humorously absurd plot twists and red herrings to keep readers on their toes. VERDICT Though not as strong a showing as the first book in terms of laugh-out-loud moments, this sequel still has much to enjoy, and fans will be thrilled to see their favorite characters back in action.-Alea Perezα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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