A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Unlikely allies can achieve great goals.
Positive Role Models
Space Cat doesn't say much, but he's brave and loyal.
Characters include a Black military officer, a toenail-clipping robot, and a three-headed rat.
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Violence & Scariness
There are a couple of monsters on the moon, but they're not very scary.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Some readers want realistic science fiction, but this anything-for-a-laugh graphic novel is a winner. Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris are a strong creative team, and they make The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza something special, with plenty of jokes and action scenes that appeal to reluctant readers. Further adventures are promised, which is good news for those who appreciate absurdist sci-fi.
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