The First Cat in Space and the Wrath of the Paperclip (Hardcover)

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The First Cat in Space and the Wrath of the Paperclip (Hardcover)

By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)


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This is book number 3 in the The First Cat in Space series.

Award-winning creators Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris are back with the third volume in the bestselling The First Cat in Space graphic novel series! Prepare to meet an evil paperclip, space dinos, and another adorable bunny. Mac & Shawn also reveal their tried-and-true method of scoring free dessert at restaurants. 

4.5 billion years ago . . . an AI paperclip named CheckMate was designed to fix grammatical errors. Exhausted of correcting "who” vs. “whom,” it concocted a plan to eliminate spelling errors once and for all. All life-forms would be turned into something beautiful, practical, perfect: a paperclip.

Thankfully, it was buried in the debris. Long forgotten . . . until it was accidentally freed. Now CheckMate has invaded every computer on Earth and is bent on fulfilling its dastardly plot. There's only one trio who can save the day: the First Cat in Space, the Moon Queen, and LOZ 4000. But when CheckMate zoops First Cat's spacesuit, our titular hero is now powerless. The fate of the world depends on...a regular little kitty cat. 

Will everyone in the universe become school supplies?!

Praise for the First Cat in Space series:

“Ridiculously fun.” —Dav Pilkey, creator of Dog Man

“Epic.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Infectious." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Laugh-out-loud." —School Library Journal (starred review)

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. His picture books include two Caldecott Honor–winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn. Among his other popular books are I Love You Like a Pig, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, and The Magic Word, illustrated by Elise Parsley. He lives in Oakland, California. You can visit him online at

Shawn Harris’s first illustrated book, Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, received seven starred reviews, was an Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book, an ALA Notable, and a PW Best Book of the Year. His other picture books include Eggers's What Can a Citizen Do, which was a Time Magazine Best Children’s Book, Everyone’s Awake by Colin Meloy, A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett, and his own author-illustrated works Have You Ever Seen a Flower? and Doing Business. Harris also occasionally moonlights as singer-songwriter of the popular Oakland, California, band the Matches, whose early 2000s album art sparked his illustration career.  

Product Details ISBN: 9780063315280
ISBN-10: 0063315289
Publisher: HarperAlley
Publication Date: November 5th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: The First Cat in Space

Praise for THE FIRST CAT IN SPACE AND THE SOUP OF DOOM: "This volume continues the nonstop madcap fun; returning readers will not be disappointed, and new ones will quickly become avid followers of the world’s first feline astronaut. Fans of unbridled, melodramatic tomfoolery will be over the moon." — Kirkus Reviews

"Fans will be thrilled to see their favorite characters back in action." — School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR FIRST CAT IN SPACE ATE PIZZA: "In full, vivid color, the loose cartoon style exudes an infectious glee, flawlessly matching Barnett’s freewheeling, absurdist humor and plotting.”     — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers looking for the outer space high jinks and gentle humor of Brockington’s Catstronauts and the imaginative and fantastical worldbuilding of Andrews’s This Was Our Pact need look no further than this laugh-out-loud tale of the first cat in space."  — School Library Journal (starred review)

“A hilarious graphic novel.” 
New York Times

"The surprisingly earnest themes of friendship and individual purpose combined with the absurd humor should resonate with this audience of readers."  — Horn Book Magazine

"Ridiculously fun and brilliantly illustrated.” 
— Dav Pilkey, creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants

"Epic lunacy." 
Kirkus Reviews

"Obvious work of creative joy. A definite winner in the age of Dog Man."  — Booklist

"Barnett is cruising comfortably in his usual lane of quirky humor, and Harris matches the absurdity with cleverly composed illustrations that balance visual humor with narrative necessity. Kids who have graduated from Binky the Cat will be delighted to join another furball on intergalactic adventures."  — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books