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Space Cat by Ruthven Todd
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it was amazing
bookshelves: at-bg-pa, fantasy, art, hist-fiction, freebies, friend-recos, favorites
Recommended to Peter by: Montzalee Wittmann

Totally charming text and illos, of how Flyball the cat went to the Moon, in 1951. Reading the 1952 HB, likely a first ed.

Chapter One. Little Gray Kitten sneaks on board a jetliner (this is written in 1951, mind). Takeoff! His snug sleeping spot tilts! He meows! A friendly man picks him up, hands him to the stewardess. No one claims him. Man adopts him, names him "Flyball."

Chap. 2. Call from the Colonel. "Late from your leave *again*, Stone?" Flyball takes over the Rocket base with his super cat-powers! "Ground duty was fine for those who liked it." Not for Flyball!
"Purr, Purr, I go up in a jet
And I fly far faster than sound!"

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Love the little cat hammock! Even if it looks pretty precarious for Kitty's acceleration couch....

Flyball has fun on the Moon, and explores a hidden cave, filled with strange Moon life! Captain Fred squeezes in, takes a fall & cracks his helmet. Flyball patches the leak and saves the day!

"The Moon is only the start,
Says Flyball the Flier
Oh, no one ever can guess
How far we can fly!"

Need I say, if you love cats and love SF, this is the book for you ?

Thanks to Montzalee for the reco!
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Reading Progress

May 7, 2018 – Shelved
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: at-bg-pa
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
May 18, 2018 – Started Reading
May 18, 2018 – Shelved as: art
May 18, 2018 – Shelved as: hist-fiction
May 18, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 19, 2018 – Shelved as: freebies
May 19, 2018 – Shelved as: friend-recos
May 19, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites

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message 1: by Lata (new)

Lata The cat hammock is cute!


Peter Tillman Pretty amazing our (sole remaining) library copy has remained in service for 66 years! Pretty ragged, but still hanging in there....


Navi Yay! I'm glad you liked it, Peter🐱


Peter Tillman I have no idea why I missed it back when it was new (I would have been 6 or 7 then). Better late than never!

Thanks again to Montzalee Wittman for the reco.


Peter Tillman bookworms wrote: "wow. that IS impressive.....tho the cough the dust will give me is not
lol"


It has a little sticker asking readers to wash their hands before reading. Which I can say, wasn't universally obeyed....


message 6: by Montzalee (new)

Montzalee Wittmann Peter wrote: "bookworms wrote: "wow. that IS impressive.....tho the cough the dust will give me is not
lol"

It has a little sticker asking readers to wash their hands before reading. Which I can say, wasn't uni..."


Glad you liked it


Peter Tillman Do you like cats, and SF? You did notice the free copy online, right? Not as good as the real thing, but the price is right.

Or, you can buy a NEW old HB for $225!!


Peter Tillman Actually, Dover has now reprinted vol. 1, and plans to reprint the other 3 by next Christmas. Cat/space lovers gift alert!


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