When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, the World's Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon. But someone has to go up there to set it up, and that adventure falls to the CatStronauts, the best space cats on the planet! Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser, brave-but-hungry pilot Waffles, genius technician and inventor Blanket, and quick thinking science officer Pom Pom on their most important mission yet!
As a cat person, I am pretty into this tween graphic novel series, volume one, but the other cat people in this house (all of them smaller than me) seem to love it even SO MUCH more. H, 12, came to tell me I gotta read it, ASAP! Done!
Problem: This (parallel) world is actually filled with cats, not humans. The world has a problem, though: In 60 days the world power-supply is gone.
Solution? Meet the CatStronauts! Pilot Waffles (My fave, never far from food); Chief Science Officer PomPom: Chief Technical Specialist Blanket (with cat robot), and Major Meowser, their leader.
Random stuff I like:
*There’s a cameo of Neil Armstrong (or, er, Catstrong)
*Lots of cat puns.
*There’s a cat cartoon on my refrigerator that shows the Cats of War: They’re all curled up, sleeping. In this book the cats also sometimes act like that, like cats, and not just anthropomorphic cats; for instance, when there is a power outage, they initially just take a catnap.
Cats and space, what’s not to like? It’s just all about the cuteness, not much else required.
I might have said 3.5, but the house rules: 4 stars, minimum.
I'm pretty disappointed! I wish it had been a lot smarter and a lot funnier. The cats are cute and the art is charming. The parts about training for space were interesting. I think the main problem here is the book tries to be both a go-get-em-with-science story and a ha-ha-cats-in-space comedy but doesn't really do either one especially well. The story is dumb and tone deaf: the planet is running out of energy, so the president orders a super fast space mission to the moon to extract solar power by speed-building a solar power plant! And the constant jokes through the first half about the hungry fat cat got old very fast. Also, as others point out, all the astronauts are male cats.
But cats in space is still a great idea. And the art is cute.
And yet, my parents bought my kid 3 of these. On to the next one, I guess. I hope it's at least funnier.
This was a humorous graphic novel for kids. It has these goofy cats who run the world and are in charge of solving the energy crisis by going to the moon. They run into all kinds of silly situations on the way. This was fun and I will probably continue on with the series, but I can see myself easily forgetting about this series.
Cute and humorous. Is actually more factual than I expected in that it really closely follows with NASA events from astronaut training to mission control to launch. (Love the (feline) Neil Armstrong cameo.) It is probably more like three stars for me, but my boys really enjoyed it and want more in the series so I'm bumping it to four to reflect their enthusiasm since they are the target audience and their opinion matters more than mine :-)
An alternate Earth is people by cats. (Catted by cats?) When threatened with an energy crisis, the president (a cat) calls the world's best scientist (also a cat) who then assembles his top CatStronaut team: more cats, of course! Follow these adorable kitties, Pom Pom, Waffles, Blanket, and Major Meowser as they travel to the moon to save the day!
And, huge bonus points to the author for giving us cats that act like cats. They act like people, too, of course, but they also eat fish and hate water and take naps and in general bring the "Aww" moments of felines into this space story. Funny, gripping, and adorably sweet, this is one sci-fi book perfect for any cat-lover!
Gatos astronautas, la tierra solo habitada por gatos, problemas energéticos y la idea de ir a la luna a colocar paneles solares para abastecer al planeta ¿Qué mas se puede pedir? La ilustración es sencilla pero muy linda. Sin dudas voy a continuar leyendo esta historia.
Space x cats x dangerous missions x food! What could possibly go wrong?
This was a wild guess when I bought it on Amazon, I couldn't find any excerpts, so I just had to go by the cover and the blurb, both of those sounded awesome, but I know that such a thing doesn't always mean the book is good. So I was just crossing my fingers.
And then the book arrived a few days later, I opened it up, and knew I had a winner. I just couldn't stop reading, instead I was laughing my butt off during so many scenes, enjoying the great artwork. Yeah, this girl was happy she took a gamble, now I just want to have the rest of this series. :P
The world as we know it isn't inhabited by humans, oh no, it is filled with cats! And the cats have a bit of a problem... well OK, major problem. In 60 days their power-supply is dead. No more electricity. Have fun with candles/fire.
So the president calls the best scientist there is and he calls the Catstronauts! They will have to go to the moon, they will have to save the world! Will they be up to it? I definitely had so much fun reading about their training, see the time tick tock its way to zero. (Excitement, will they make it?)
Each of the cats has its own personality, and my favourite would be Waffles. I loved (and laughed) his appetite and how he found ways to bring food with him. Blanket was a pretty OK guy, but I didn't like how he disobeyed orders. Yes, it saved them, but I still wasn't approving that he apparently didn't care about rules. Major Meowser? Mm, on the one hand I liked the guy, but I found him a tad too grumpy at times. But he was a good leader, and he knew what to do and when to do it. Lastly we have Pom Pom, well I can't say much about him. He didn't have much of a presence (at least for me).
The book switches between our crew and cats in charge/cats on earth. I love the cameo of Neil Armstrong (or Catstrong :P). The crew was working its butt off, and the cats of earth were just hoping that everything would go all right.
The cats are truly still cats, not what you see in other books, that they are too humanfied. Here they have traits of humans, but they will still do a lot of cat stuff, like when the power is out they just take a catnap on the streets, basking in the sun. :P
I won't spoil the ending, you will have to read for yourself to see what is going to happen. But I can say this, I loved the ending.
I guess next month I will be buying the other book, and also pre-order the 3rd book which is coming out in October.
I would recommend this book. Cats, cats, space, and more cats.
The world is running out of energy and it is up to the four catstronauts to build a power plant on the moon, to harness the solar energy and send it to earth. And these four cats are up to the challenge! This children’s graphic novel is almost too cute for words. These cats act like people, but they act like cats, too, which accounts for a great deal of the charm of the book. Though intended for children, it’s easy to see why it would appeal to those adults who are young at heart.
Such a fun & cute book! I loved the references to real astronauts like Neil Armstrong. The world is running out of energy and only the Catstronauts can help save the day. Their mission: Install solar panels on the moon!
Astronaut cats going to the moon to save the earth from using up all of its energy? Yes please! Meet the CatStronauts! Pilot Waffles (always hungry); Chief Science Officer PomPom (no wet fur, please!); Chief Technical Specialist Blanket (and his sidekick cat robot); and Major Meowser, their truly fearless leader. Did you ever read the Commander Toad series? If you liked that - then you will enjoy this also. It's not quite as slapstick though there is some humor. And Catstronauts even squeezes in some information about what it is like to travel to the moon. 2nd grade and up will enjoy exploring these graphic novels! I love the illustrations - especially the flying tuna can.
Aaaaaand, read this again already, as requested by Elijah. Only this time, he basically just wanted to look at the picture of the President spitting his coffee everywhere over and over again, ha! That is more the reaction I was expecting all along. ——————————— Sooooo, am I the only person who has read this to their just-turned-two-year-old after dressing him in CatStronauts tee shirts and decorating his room with CatStronauts pictures and saying goodnight to each of the CatStronauts in the pictures before putting him to bed for about six months so that he would know all of their names? Surely not!
Ahem. Anyway. I read this to my just-turned-two-year-old and I was SUPER IMPRESSED! He made it through in only two sittings (I forced him to stop halfway through to take a nap) and he stayed engaged the entire time. Like, I super love this series, but I did not actually think he would stay interested at his age. But he's a CatStronauts prodigy! I'm so glad I've been raising him right, that's all.
CatStronauts! You are needed! On to Book 2! ——————————— I loaned this to our 10-year-old neighbor yesterday and then waited breathlessly to find out whether he liked it or not. This book returned and the other 5 went out the door this evening and I’m so, so excited to have another CatStronauts fan in the club!
I also couldn’t resist giving Mission Moon a quick reread before I put it back on my shelf. Still so good! Obviously, I’m bumping up my rating to 5 stars because few things in life these days give me as much pleasure as the CatStronauts books. If you like space, cats and puns and have not yet given this series a try? Do it meow!!! ——————————— Super cute! I needed something light and silly and distracting and not requiring much thought and this fit the bill perfectly--thanks for the recommendation, Audrey!
Energy consumption is too high, and in only 60 more days the world is due to run too low on power to keep everything going. The World’s Best Scientist’s coolest plan is to build a solar power plant on the surface of the moon, because it will always be exposed to the sun. Major Meowser (the leader), Waffles (the pilot), Blanket (the technician), and Pom Pom (the scientist) are called together and tasked with training for and completing the mission.
I bought this as a birthday present for my niece, along with the sequel, CatStronauts: Race to Mars. It was cute, although I had some problems with it, mostly due to my being unable to make my brain shut up about the internal logic issues. For some reason I could accept that the cats' spaceship came out of a giant box and included instructions, and yet it bugged me that a power blackout during the day could cause complete darkness, and that Waffles was able to eat a sandwich through his spacesuit helmet.
Blanket was probably my favorite CatStronaut - I particularly enjoyed Blanket’s love for his little robot friend. Waffles was probably my second favorite. It made me smile to see that Waffles and Blanket had such similar levels of affection for completely different things.
My few issues with it aside, this was a nice little volume, and my niece enjoyed looking at the cats. I haven’t heard from her yet about whether she liked the story.
The first two books were released apparently simultaneously, and the third book is expected to be published by Halloween this year. So either the author had a number of stories created and ready for publication or he is an incredibly fast artist.
I discovered the first two books at our local library, and considering how much we enjoyed reading the saga of Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires, I thought this might be another hit with our girls.
The stories are entertaining and humorous, but just don't have the charm we found in Binky's stories. Perhaps it's because our girls are older than the target audience for these books, but they weren't overly enamored of them.
Overall, though, the illustrations are fun and the narrative is filled with action, if a bit too 'punny' for my taste. I enjoyed reading them and will likely check out the third book once it is published.
"Of course I can handle it. I have cat-like reflexes." (p. 115)