"Paul Galdone's pictures, especially of the kittens in their space suits, have humor and imagination to match the text." -- Saturday Review
Flyball, the famous Space Cat, is a father now He and Moofa, the last of the Martian fishing cats, are the proud parents of a pair of mischievous, fun-loving kittens, Marty and Tailspin. The whole family joins Colonel Fred Stone and a new friend, Bill, on a mission to Alpha Centauri to seek out places where humans can live. Along the way, the crew makes an amazing discovery -- a planet abounding in iguanodons, pterodactyls, tyrannosauri, and a host of other prehistoric creatures.
"Paul Galdone's pictures ... have humor and imagination to match the text," noted the Saturday Review of this charmingly illustrated storybook, the last of a four-book series starring the intrepid feline known as Space Cat. Young readers will delight in taking a look at space exploration from Flyball's point of view and following his escapades across the solar system.
Scottish poet, novelist, and artist Ruthven Todd (1914-78) is best known as an editor of William Blake's works and as an author of children's stories, including four Space Cat adventures. He also wrote detective fiction under the pseudonym R. T. Campbell. Illustrator and writer Paul Galdone (1907-86) specialized in children's books. His illustrations for Eve Titus' books include the Basil of Baker Street series. He and Titus were nominated for Caldecott Medals for Anatole (1957) and Anatole and the Cat (1958), titles that were named Caldecott Honor books in 1971. Galdone was posthumously awarded the 1996 Kerlan Award for his contributions to children's literature.