The Resource Gordon : bark to the future!, Ashley Spires

Gordon : bark to the future!, Ashley Spires

Label
Gordon : bark to the future!
Title
Gordon
Title remainder
bark to the future!
Statement of responsibility
Ashley Spires
Title variation
Bark to the future!
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Agent Gordon's distress calls to P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) have gone unanswered. His humans and fellow agents have been captured! He is all alone in the middle of an alien invasion! Gordon's deadliest weapon is his mind, but none of the computers, robots or other devices he's built could have prepared him for this. Or could they ...? Gordon has an idea. But is it too dangerous? The device isn't ready--it's just a prototype! Doggone it, Gordon needs more time!" -- Back cover
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Award
Chocolate Lily Book Awards (British Columbia), Chapter Book/Novel category, 2020.
Review
  • Grades 2-4 Tragedy has struck space dog Gordon’s space station (house). An alien invasion (bug infestation) has taken his feline partner, Binky, hostage and chased off his humans. Even the P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) headquarters appears to have been compromised, leaving it up to Gordon to save the day. Knowing he can’t fight the aliens single-pawed, he resorts to a risky course of action—using his (untested!) time machine to stop the invasion before it starts. Unfortunately, Gordon goes back in time too far, without enough allofuzzium (fuel) to return home. What’s a time-traveling space pup to do? As the clock ticks down and the mishaps pile up, Gordon doggedly endeavors to save his friends. Spires ramps up the laughs with Gordon’s melodramatic reactions, which are perfectly portrayed in the energetic artwork. Details within the paneled scenes add new layers of humor, and the abundant sound effects (scrush, scroosh, snarfle) will get kids’ senses firing. This second P.U.R.S.T. adventure is ridiculous in the best way and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 4/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 16, p37)
  • Gr 1–4—This latest spin-off from the "Binky" series, which centers on an imaginative cat who thinks he's an astronaut as he explores space (the backyard) and battles aliens (insects), focuses on Gordon the dog, Binky's companion and a fellow member of Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel (P.U.R.S.T.). In this installment, aliens have invaded, P.U.R.S.T. is incommunicado, and Binky and friends are incapacitated. Now it's up to Gordon to save the day. He decides to use his new invention to travel back in time to a few days ago and prevent the invasion. However, he ends up five years in the past, and his troubles only get more complicated. The tale has the same visual humor and funny narration that endeared readers to the "Binky" books, but Gordon is a strong hero in his own right. Initially he tries to solve his problems the way his friends would, but he learns that their strengths are not his. Spires once more offers strong writing, and her adorable and quirky cartoon illustrations are well composed. VERDICT Sure to please fans of the "Binky" graphic novels while drawing in new ones.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont. --Rachel Forbes (Reviewed 04/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 4, p115)
  • Can a trip back in time save Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel and the humans they protect from being overrun? Agent Gordon is usually the pup on the spot when P.U.R.S.T. needs tech help—not combat—but it appears he is the only agent left. His partner, Binky the Space Cat, has been captured. The P.U.R.S.T. commander has been trapped...and the humans in Gordon's space station (depicted as an ordinary suburban house) have been chased away by aliens (dastardly flies). Gordon needs a technological fix, so he uses a prototype time machine to travel back five days to stop the invasion. However, a nefarious alien (a literal bug in the machinery) changes the setting, and Gordon goes back five years. He can't change anything, or the ramifications for the future could be catastrophic. He can't leap forward because he's out of fuel; he needs the help of P.U.R.S.T....but five years ago, dogs were the enemy. How's a dog gonna save the future? Spires' second post-Binky graphic tale in her ongoing series is wry, dry, and adorable. As always, the animal characters do not speak, but their expressions and body language (and the hilariously deadpan narration) tell the tale across the small panels drawn in muted tones. Newcomers to P.U.R.S.T.'s human fan club will want to start at the Binky-beginning when done. As Gordon would think: more fun than a game of ball. (Graphic fiction. 6-11) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10661883
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spires, Ashley
Dewey number
j741.5/971
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.7.S66
LC item number
Go 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 4
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A P.U.R.S.T. adventure
Series volume
0002
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dogs
  • Life on other planets
  • Pets
  • Intelligence service
  • Dogs
  • Time travel
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Pets
  • Intelligence service
  • Graphic novels
  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Dogs
  • Graphic novels
  • Intelligence service
  • Life on other planets
  • Pets
  • Canada
Target audience
juvenile
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bark to the future!
Label
Gordon : bark to the future!, Ashley Spires
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  • rdacontent
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Control code
ocn988155119
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
72 pages
Isbn
9781536438512
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)988155119
Label
Gordon : bark to the future!, Ashley Spires
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn988155119
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
72 pages
Isbn
9781536438512
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)988155119

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