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Title : The Cat From Outer Space
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ISBN : 9780671560546
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 194 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Cat From Outer Space Reviews

  • Robert
    2019-02-16 14:08

    I was 8 when the film was released in 1978, and the young me liked it very much because it had space (space was big back then) and friendly characters and a nice cat who talked. It's very 70's and fun and the book was just as delightful to read as well. The plot is something of a cross between Escape to Witch Mountain and That Darn Cat (both Disney movies also)

  • Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
    2019-03-04 14:51

    [from my blog 'Reading in Winter']This was, by far, one of the goofiest books I've ever read. Back when I was reading the books I got my nephew for Christmas, I had started to read Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.' After reading about 5 chapters I realized I couldn't read anymore - not because Christmas was creeping up quickly and I had to wrap the darn thing, but because it was so goofy, almost in a stupid way that I just couldn't commit anymore time to it. The Cat From Outer Space was a film written by Ted Key for Disney. I'm pretty sure the book came after the movie, and it turned out to be a very quick read. The film is from 1978, which is before my time, and stars (from what I can see) prominent actors and actresses from that time. The book - probably equal in the movie's silliness, though I haven't seen the movie - starts out with the military finding something hurdling through space towards Earth - something unknown. We're then brought to a farmer's field where the unknown object has landed. Next to the strange contraption is a cat - the flyer of the machine. Throughout the novel we witness "the military and the most brilliant scientists in the land" attempt to unearth the identity of the object and to track down its owner. While these people do their work (and they really don't seem all that bright, from my perspective) the cat, Jack, is more compelled to befriend a lone scientist, Wilson, to help him get back up into space. Jack shows Wilson that he can talk and that he can do special things with his collar (which glows when he's working his magic) - stop people in their tracks, fly airplanes, open doors and windows. Unfortunate for the both of them, the military has a spy out after Wilson after seeing Wilson's fingerprints all over the spacecraft. The spy finds out the special powers of Jack and the race is on to get Jack's supplies ($120,000 worth of gold and tuna) so he can be on his way back home. But wait! After befriending Wilson - and ultimately his friends Link and Liz - Jack decides to stay on Earth. Well it helps that Wilson is in love with Liz, and Jack is in love with Liz's cat, and the military wants Jack's collar or they'll kill Liz. I mean, what would you do in that situation. Now that Jack is stranded on Earth, he decides he has to become an American citizen and pledges his allegiance before a Judge who ends the book by floating high up in the courtroom with the help of Jack and his magic collar. I won't lie - there are a few laughs throughout the book, but it is definitely a book that will go back up on my shelf for the next 30 years, rather than be lent out to friends on the premise that it's a life-changing read. But, if it only took a day, that's good enough for me. This is also the first book for one of my challenges that I've taken on this year - Bart's Bookshelf 2010 Challenge. "Read a book that is older than you." Well I think I've accomplished that.

  • Kelldicott
    2019-03-12 15:05

    For some reason I was insanely fond of this as a kid. I have no idea why, it simply was the case. There was something corny and lovable about it, I don't know. Later, I found out that the film (of which it was a "novelization") featured a score by Lalo Schifrin and I felt vaguely validated.

  • Don LaFountaine
    2019-03-06 20:54

    I enjoyed this book, but must admit that my rating is a little biased in that this is a book about a movie I loved as a child, so it was through "rose colored glasses" that I read it.An alien craft is surrounding Earth when the spaceship it was flying has trouble and crash lands on Earth. It's trajectory is followed by members of the US government who want to capture the alien. Though they don't succeed in that, they are able to capture the spacecraft. Within the craft, the Army officers find something they don't understand, and want to know more about. They bring in scientists to try to decide it, but they don't listen to the only one who is close to what it is, Dr. Frank Wilson. However, the alien who has landed on Earth follows him.The alien is a cat who communicates telepathically and has a collar that allows humans to understand him and talk back. Before he knows it, he is cahoots with the cat and two other scientists who are striving to get Jake the cat launched before the Army General finds out what is going on. I enjoyed this book a lot because of the nostalgia factor. It's an easy read and is entertaining. I would recommend it to children ages 7 - 12 ish, and to adults who may have had the pleasure to see the movie as a kid when it came out/

  • L.B. Sisk
    2019-03-13 18:57

    Okay. I'm rating this as a kid, since this was the first book I ever read--having sparked my interest after seeing the movie.

  • Rob Smith
    2019-02-24 20:55

    This is a light book, but it is also a good book. It moves mighty fast. But it's a fun fast.Where this book soars is comparing it to contemporary fiction. Specifically comparing it to the last book I read, 'Sea Change' by Robert Parker, this book is genius fiction. In 'The Cat from Outer Space' the characters are well defined, the settings are well described, the story is understandable - and no nasty language and sexual mess.Unlike my complaints of a current book's over abundance of everything, this one is a bit too trim. But, it works and I finished the book satisfied. Love the ending involving the Pledge of Allegiance. Can't imagine a book ending like that today.Another neat thing about this book is that it was written by 'Hazel' cartoonist, Ted Key.It's short, it's fast and it's fun. I recommend it.

  • Amber Dyson
    2019-03-14 18:00

    This book could not be MORE 70's... Worth a read for incredible phrases like, "plant you now, dig you later," "in . . . a cat carrier lay sexy, inviting Lucy Belle," and "she was as good at flying copters as she was at playing pool."At the risk of dating myself, I have a fond memory of seeing this at the drive-in when I was a girl with distant family, but the memory is more about that experience than the film itself. As an adult, it's hard to imagine who the intended audience was. Physicists, military bases, and bookies are hardly kid stuff, but a magic cat that mostly uses his powers for silly goofs is not for grown-ups either.Reads quick, I knocked it out in about an hour and intend to leave it at this hotel for some poor confused soul to find. On to the next.

  • August
    2019-03-17 20:00

    Awww. Adorable book is adorable. And relevant to my existence, because 1) cats, 2) cats named Jake, 3) Jake's favorite movie. Overall it was fun to get a taste of late 70s movie tie-ins and this adventure in particular was enjoyable.

  • Viktoria
    2019-03-14 12:52

    This was a very random book. The only reason I picked it up was because it was about a Cat... from outer space. And I have a thing about cats. You can definitely tell this is a Disney story by the way it ends.

  • Hildegart
    2019-03-11 20:58

    I don't remember if in the book, the longshot horse that ends up winning the race is Sweet Jake or Lucky Jake. But, the movie used the other name. That didn't catch my attention until I read the book not long after I watched the movie. And then, my favorite phrase is "Pentagon popsicles."

  • Lindsey P
    2019-02-22 18:59

    I remember seeing this movie in school when I was a kid!

  • Helen
    2019-03-11 14:00

    very silly, very dated

  • Sarah P.
    2019-02-16 16:58

    This is a lovely novelization of a funky movie I used to watch incessantly as a kid. A fun read!

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-03-13 16:40

    Not bad.

  • Jason
    2019-03-02 12:54

    I'm smart and read smart things.

  • Dree
    2019-03-09 16:47

    Loved this as a kid, and I loved the movie. Now my kids have enjoyed the movie--and I couldn't see why I'd liked it so much LOL. Age appropriateness is everything :)