Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris — 'The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom'

A show unlike any other—children's book author/illustrator duo Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris present the sequel to First Cat in Space

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!

Tickets are required in advance for this special presentation.

What you need to know:

  • Tickets include a copy of the featured book and admit up to 3 attendees. Younger guests must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 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 event will take place on the Commons Stage, immediately adjacent to our store. Seating will open 30 minutes prior to the event.

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About The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom. . .

New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Shawn Harris return for the second installment of a hilarious full-color POB middle grade graphic novel series following the adventures of First Cat, LOZ 4000, and the Moon Queen, as they work to uncover who poisoned the Queen’s soup. Perfect for fans of Dav Pilkey and Jeff Kinney. 

The Moon Queen has been poisoned—by SOUP. And with few she can trust in her own court, she and First Cat will have to journey alone to find the antidote in time. If only Loz4000 were still with them…

But the once-heroic toenail clipping robot is running from his own terrible tale, and now looking for new purpose and meaning in this vast universe, taking Loz4000 far away from his friends. 

Unbeknownst to our trio, secret forces are working against them. With villainous cowboys about, high-speed chases, and pianos falling from the sky—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? Will they ever eat soup again? Is Captain Babybeard, the adorable baby pirate, in this one?

Praise for The First Cat in Space series. . .

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

“A hilarious graphic novel.” 
The New York Times

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

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.

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