Planetary-Yum (Waffles and Pancake #1)

by Drew Brockington (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Inspired by his beloved CatStronauts series, Drew Brockington is going back in time to when everyone's favorite Catstronaut, Waffles, was a kitten!

One very special Saturday, Dad-Cat decides to take Waffles and his sister Pancake to the big city to go to the science museum! While they're there, the kittens see extraordinary things, like dino-cats, hairballs in 4D, and even the planetarium. But as the kittens learn about constellations and Neil Pawstrong, they get separated from Dad-Cat. Oh no! Will the kittens be able to find their (possibly invisible) Dad-Cat? Or will they get stuck living in the museum and eating star tots and tuna melts fur-ever?!

This early graphic novel series is chock-full of educational facts about space--perfect for young readers.

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Kirkus Reviews

Colorful cartoon panels and a science-forward storyline make this spinoff series opener a solid selection. (

Publishers Weekly

In this kitten-focused spin-off of Brockington's CatStronauts series, siblings Pancake (a tan cat in a purple rainbow shirt) and Waffles (a cream kitty sporting a yellow fish top) are eager to visit the Big City Science Museum. Before heading to Mom-Cat's house, the siblings and Dad-Cat make their way through the museum's feline-inspired exhibits, which feature saber-toothed specimens in the hall of dino-cats, 4-D hairballs with an attendant gross-out video, and a planetarium: "The ancient cats saw pictures in groups of stars." When the end of a CatStronauts-centered space tour finds the kittens separated from Dad-Cat, they show good judgment in asking for help--then contemplate what a "FUR-EVER" museum visit would involve. Filled with humorous catchphrases ("That's one small step for cats, one giant pounce for feline-kind") and regular, enthusiastic meal breaks (the family stuffs food into their faces with comedic tenacity), Brockington's anthropomorphic world is rendered in blocky shapes and bright colors. If the plot seems a little lean, a focus on fostering interests and family fun--"My favorite part was all of it," says Dad-Cat--proves winning. Ages 6-9. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--In this spin-off of Brockington's immensely popular "CatStronauts" series, kittens Waffles and Pancake are spending the weekend with their dad. Before the young cats head home to their mother's house, they and their dad stop off at the science museum in the Big City. While exploring the museum, the cat family gets separated and the kittens imagine the fun and worries of living in the museum. Thankfully they are soon reunited and the kittens get safely home to Mom-Cat's house. Young readers will enjoy this accessible, full-color graphic novel. While some of the vocabulary is somewhat complex for emerging independent readers, the illustrations offer helpful context. The kittens are cute and funny, and children will relate to the fun and excitement of visiting a museum. Young readers whose parents don't live together will appreciate the inclusion of this family perspective. Fans of the original "CatStronauts" series, as well as slightly younger readers, will enjoy this Earth-bound story of these kitten characters. VERDICT This silly, colorful tale will appeal to graphic novel enthusiasts over a wide range of reading levels.--Ellen Conlin, Naperville P.L., IL

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Drew Brockington
Drew Brockington has flown a Space Shuttle, repaired the International Space Station, and served in Mission Control; all during a week at Space Camp. He is the author of the CatStronauts series and the Waffles and Pancake series. He lives with his family in Minneapolis.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 26, 2021
Waffles and Pancake
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV008140 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Science Fiction
JUV008050 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Animals
JUV053020 - Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction | Space Exploration
Library of Congress categories
Brothers and sisters
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Science museums
Little Maverick Reading List
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