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Binky Takes Charge (Binky #4)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  642 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Binky the space cat has been promoted to lieutenant. He's now in charge of training the next generation of space cadets. But then he meets the new space kitten -- who isn't a kitten at all! Is someone trying to pull the fur over his eyes? Binky and Captain Gracie need to figure out the new cadet before the next alien attack!
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Kids Can Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Vanessa Wolf
Jan 15, 2013 Vanessa Wolf rated it really liked it
A NetGalley first reads
The author of this review received an advance copy for an honest review

A clever story for children, "Binky Takes Charge," follows the continuing adventures of Binky the Space cat (though I haven't read the others and apparently you don't need to have read the others to understand the story).

Binky is excited to train the next generation of space cadets, kind of the way I was excited to get a little sister, but the "next generation" is not what Binky was hoping for, but a
Jul 19, 2013 Suz rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
I decided I was in the mood for a little pet humor, so I read Binky Takes Charge. For those of you that have not yet encountered Binky and his adventures, he is a space cat. As a member of F.U.R.S.T. he lives in a space station (a human house) and prepares to defend it against aliens (insects). F.U.R.S.T. stands for Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel. It is an organization made up entirely of cats, until this adventure. Suddenly F.U.R.S.T. has become P.U.R.S.T. and includes any pets ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read graphic novels
I must say that our girls love, love, love Binky. I like the stories, but they love them and laugh uproariously at the funny little cat and his adventures. Our girls will run around the house saying "poot!" for days after reading one of these tales. The illustrations are hilarious and the stories are fun, quick reads.

I thought the new addition to Binky's household was an interesting twist, and our girls loved taking turns reading the dialogue. I didn't find this book quite as entertaining as Bin
Aug 24, 2015 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, french
Summary: Basile et Gordy are weird extraterrestrials set to save the world.... but they look like pets. It's kind of fun.

Why I Read This: I'm trying to better my french. And these were in the French children's section at my Library.

Review: OK. This was kind of fun. I won't lie. It explains some things that pets do around the house, but gives it fun backstory. It's kind of awesome.
Oct 13, 2012 whataslacker rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story. The illustrations are great and the imagination of Binky the Space Cat is amazing. It is a purr-fect graphic novel for the 7 to 10 year old in your life (even if they are of a different age group). This book is just fun.

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Jan 02, 2013 Christiane rated it liked it
Further charming adventures of F.U.R.S.T. officer Binky the cat. Binky is excited about being given the responsibility of training a new agent, but does not expect that the new recruit will be a puppy! Fans of the earlier stories will enjoy this as well.
Aug 21, 2014 Charlie rated it it was amazing
I really appreciate how the plot twists in this series always come as such a surprise for me, and they never seem gloating about it either. That's a rare and lovely quality in a book.
Mackenzie Ford
Mar 24, 2016 Mackenzie Ford rated it it was ok
Title: Binky Takes Charge
Author: Ashley Spires
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic
Theme(s): Fiction, Imagination, Comic Book, Cats, Outer Space
Opening Line/Sentence: A whole new space cat or at least there will be when Binky is done training him.

Brief Book Summary:
This book is about a cat that is called lieutenant and supposes to train other cats to become cadets. When Binky was expecting his new recruit he was surprised to see a dog instead of a cat. Binky went about and tried to train
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Jul 15, 2013 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I love Binky and his silly adventures. In this outing, he is faced with a diversity program and has to train, wait for it.... a PUPPY! Too funny!

Full review:

I love Binky! Somehow I allowed this installment of Binky’s space adventures to languish on my iPad, but I’m glad I finally had a chance to read it. Binky has been given a promotion, and he’s getting a new cadet to train. To his dismay, however, he learns that FURST (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) has morphed into P
This is a graphic novel about a cat named Binky. This book is about a spy who trains and goes on missions Binkly and his cadet take time and notes to try to find the next partner to help them before the attack. The graphic novel is set up where the text is on the top through the panels. The images are telling the story while the text gives the lay out and general information. I would recommend this book.
Nov 20, 2012 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the Binky the Space cat children’s graphic novel series. This was a cute installment in the series and my son and I really enjoyed reading it together.

Binky has been authorized to train in other space cats. He is excited to welcome his new cadet and has worked very hard on a training program. When his cadet shows up though he is nothing like Binky thought he would fact Binky thinks he might even be an alien spy!

These books are super fun. The drawings are humorous,
Nov 14, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Binky has now been promoted to lieutenant in first against the aliens. It means that he is now in charge of training new recruits. But his first recruit is definitely not what he had been expecting. To start with, he isn’t a cat! He’s a dog! Binky sets out to train the new cadet anyway, trying to ignore the fact that he pees on the floor, won’t use the litter box, doesn’t respect the idea of a cat nap, and is unable to pounce a fake alien on a string. Soon Binky is questioning more than his cade ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Raina rated it liked it
Shelves: j, graphicnovel, funny, animals
Cute, fun, fine, whatever.

I've been hearing about Binky for years. So I guess my expectations were ratcheted up a bit. And it probably didn't help that I started with the fourth adventure starring this secret agent cat. Oh yeah, also the thing where I'm not a cat person.

Anyway, I came out kinda shrug.

It's not the illustrations or the production qualities. There's nice full color here, and the pictures have a quirk to them I like a lot. I enjoy the way the layouts change. I find the neutral co
Catherine Toca
Feb 25, 2015 Catherine Toca rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-291
Binky Takes Charge is an adorable story of a kitten cadet who has to learn that not everyone is the same and has the same talents, but everyone is useful in some way.

Binky has just been promoted to lieutenant in the space cadet program. He will be teaching his first kitten cadet how to be a proper space cat. However, when his student shows up, it's not exactly what Binky imagined. His first student is not a kitten, but a puppy. Binky learns that the program now accepts all pets and he will have
Holly Letson
Dec 05, 2012 Holly Letson rated it really liked it
In a world where flies are aliens and your home is a space station, Binky is an officer in charge of trainer new recruits to be space cats. But, what about when the newest recruit is not even feline?
Binky gets a note that he needs to train a new recruit to be a top space cat. Together, he and Gracie create a schedule to do so. But, when the new "recruit" shows up, it's.....a dog?!?
Binky doesn't give up. He tries to train the dog. But, the dog is everything! So, what c
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jul 24, 2014 Online Eccentric Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

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Binky the space cat needs to train a new kitty to help with the fight against an evil alien menace; imagine Binky's surprise when his new kitten cadet turns out to be a dog! A dog acting very suspiciously and maybe in league with those evil aliens! Binky may be in over his head with this adventure!

Binky Takes Charge is a fun book with clean illustrations that tell the story clearly and fluidly. The distinctive style buil
I got a free copy of this on netgalley.

Binky Takes Charge is the fourth book in the Binky series which follows the story of Binky the cat who thinks he is a 'space cat'. I will let you find out for yourself Binky's definition of 'space' and 'aliens', which I didn't expect and thought was cute.

In this installment, Binky is a lieutenant and has to train his very first space cat but he gets a surprise when his first trainee turns out to be a seemingly dumb dog.

I really liked the graphics in this s
Dec 17, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
Binky the Space Cat is a Space Certified Lieutenant and ready to teach other members of F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) how to survive space and alien attacks. But F.U.R.S.T. has integrated and Binky's first pupil is a puppy. How disatrous!

BINKY TAKES CHARGE is a cute and funny children's graphic novel. I haven't read any of the earlier adventures, but I had no trouble following the action. It also meant that I got to be surprised when the central conceit was revealed
Binky, the Space Cat, has a new assignment. He is in charge of training a new recruit to the F.U.R.S.T. (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) organization. And he thinks he is prepared, until the new recruit shows up and he discovers that F.U.R.S.T has become P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) and the recruit is a dog! What's Binky to do? How can he train a DOG! He doesn't know but he gives it a try, but the dog is terrible at everything Binky tries to teach him. ...more
Deborah Takahashi
Dec 10, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it it was amazing
Binky has a new mission: to train new recruits. With the help of Gracie, he has come up with a minute by minute agenda for his new recruit and he is excited. After waiting and waiting, the recruit showed up and it was definitely not what he was expecting. After notifying Gracie of the news, Binky learns that F.U.R.S.T. is not P.U.R.S.T (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel). In other words, when the recruit happens to be a puppy, Binky is not thrilled. No matter what he did, Godon (the K- ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I don't know what's wrong with me- I absolutely loved the first Binky book and now I found this one almost boring. Somehow the physical humor, perhaps, doesn't work as well as the first. I found the text-to-picture relationship to be a bit clunky in this particular volume. For some reason there was something unpleasing between the contrast of the words and Binky's adorable cat antics. Maybe I'm a bit too cynical to continue my enjoyment of these books but I really wish Spires would try something ...more
Aug 02, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it

F.U.R.S.T. means Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel.

When Binky became a space cat, he had to learn without a teacher. Now he is Space Certified Lieutenant and can train other cats. He has the responsibility of shaping the next generation of Space Cats.

There’s a problem though. The companion the humans brought home is not a kitten. There are new rules at F.U.R.S.T. F.U.R.S.T. is now P.U.R.S.T. Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel. How will Binky handle this assignment? Can he p
Oct 12, 2012 Elia rated it really liked it
Shelves: tweens
In the latest edition of the adventures of Binky the Space Cat, Binky must answer the age-old question: can a puppy become a Space Cat? Binky is NOT happy when he finds out that FURST (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) has decided to become more diverse, and is now PURST (PETS of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) and is now allowing all animals to train to go into "outer space" and fight the aliens.
Binky's cadet in training is the new family dog, and try as he might, Binky just
Nov 20, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The newest adventure of Binky, the Space Cat, finds Binky in the role of teacher as he prepares to train a new recruit. He has it all mapped out, until he finds out his new recruit is a dog! Not only a dog, but a dog with no skills and a complete disregard for nap time! Then, Binky begins to suspect that this dog might be an enemy spy. Told through text and delightfully comic pictures, this volume shows some of the fundamental differences between cats in dogs in a way that will leave children la ...more
Emilia P
May 30, 2013 Emilia P rated it liked it
Dogs are the worst!
Cats are the best!
And Binky's Space Cat ears and his serious dog-loathing glare are out of this world funny.

I enjoyed this book about Binky, the adorable puppy he believes to be an Alien Spy, and the aliens themselves (Flies!!! Oh no!!) I thought it did a good job capturing the unpredictable feelings of resentment and disgust, sloth and standoffishness, and, every so often, intrepid curiosity and adventurousness that all good Space Cats have. Binky is a paragon of Space Cat
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 09, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This series is for children but I read it solely for my own pleasure. The "Binky" books will appeal to cat lovers of any age. Binky Takes Charge is just as enjoyable as any other book in the series. Typical cat behaviour is spoofed but in a respectful way that makes cat owners smile and nod their heads. Binky has the shock of his life when his new trainee turns out to be a puppy and he turns to neighbour cat Gracie for help in these unusual circumstances. U
Gotta love Binky the Space Cat. What's not to love about Binky, he's cool, he protects his humans from aliens and we share the same birthday. I only wonder if my cat has a secret life that I don't know about. What does she do in the basement and come upstairs looking so dirty?

In Binky's new adventure, he's been promoted to lieutenant Binky within F.U.R.S.T (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) and is training a new recruit. When the new recruit arrives Binky thinks there must be some
Jul 14, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
In this graphic novel Binky is excited to be tasked with the job of training a new recruit. His excitement is short-lived when he finds that the new recruit is a dog. That dog is not all that appears - could he be a spy?

I love Binky's interpretation of the world around him - the house is still a space station and the bugs outside are the alien invaders. Binky learns an important lesson about acceptance when he finds out he has to train a dog and how to handle it when he thinks the dog might be a
Mar 01, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Uh oh. Binky passed his annual evaluation with flying colors and received a promotion, which means he now gets to train new recruits. But with his recruit arrives the announcement that F.U.R.S.T. is now P.U.R.S.T. (Felines Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel). His trainee isn't a kitty, but a hopeless puppy. What's a Space Cat to do?

For an introduction to Binky and his adventures, check out my review of his first book (which includes a link to my review of book two).
Hailey Story
Theme in this book would be taking charge. Binky is now in charge of training the new cats in the agency. Binky and Gracie figure out that there a cat that might not be what everyone thinks he is. The author is trying to tell her readers that you always need to be honest even if its not going to get you something you want. A symbol in this book would be, the agency because its helping Binky and Gracie's relationship and now they're best friends. This is a great book for people that are looking f ...more
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Ashley was born and raised in British Columbia where she resides still with her cats Gracie and Charlotte. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and a Graduate Diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College. In addition to her illustration, she founded Chicken Tika Creations (which she named after her dog, not the food) and is selling her hand felted items acro ...more
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