Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris Event
Event date: 
Monday, October 2, 2023 - 7:30pm
Featured Book: 
The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom



Children's book superstars Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris present an interactive theatrical spectacular: an evening of live music, dramatic performances, and out-of-this-world hijinks celebrating THE FIRST CAT IN SPACE AND THE SOUP OF DOOM, the second book in their bestselling graphic novel series. If you show up dressed as your favorite character from the books, you'll get a special gift!

Books will be pre-signed with no personalization and available for pick-up at the event. In lieu of a signing line, fans will have a chance to get their photo taken with Mac and Shawn. Additional pre-signed copies of The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza and The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom will be available for purchase at the event, along with First Cat merch!

This is a ticketed event - one book purchase = 2 tickets.

Award-winning creators Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris are back with the second volume in the bestselling The First Cat in Space graphic novel series! Secret tales of woe, hilarious new characters, and dangerous plans of sabotage will keep readers delighted and laughing until the thrilling climax. Perfect for fans of Dog Man and InvestiGators.

The Moon Queen has been poisoned—by SOUP.

With few she can trust in her own royal court, she and First Cat will have to journey alone to find the antidote. If only LOZ 4000 were still with them . . . But our once-heroic toenail clipping robot is on the run, looking for new purpose in this vast universe. 

Unbeknownst to our trio, secret forces are working against them. In a world of villainous cowboys, high-speed chases, and falling pianos, can our iconic trio find their way back to one another and save the Moon Queen before it’s too late? And who would want to poison her? Is Captain Babybeard, the adorable baby pirate, in this one? 

Other Books in Series

This is book number 2 in the The First Cat in Space series.

         •       #1: The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza (Hardcover): $15.99

* Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection * As Seen on the TODAY Show * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year * New York Public Library Best Book of the Year * An Indie Next List Selection *

Author: 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.  

Event Location: 
Polly Klaas Community Theater
417 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952
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By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063084117
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 3rd, 2023


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