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Grade 4-7–This first book in a new series is great fun, and readers will zip through it faster than a speeding bullet. Ordinary Boy lives in Superopolis, where he appears to be the only citizen with no superpowers at all. Of course O Boy's friends don't have an easy time themselves. His best friend, Stench, possesses mighty strength, but every time he uses it he emits a…well, he lives up to his name. Halogen Boy can glow brightly, but unfortunately he's far from the brightest bulb in the box. The greatest of them all is the Amazing Indestructo, and O Boy is his greatest fan. But a strange plot involving collector cards, million-dollar promotional contracts, and Indestructo's greatest adversary, Professor Brain-Drain, shake O Boy's faith in his hero–in a hilarious way. Along the way, readers who are paying attention will see that O Boy might not be so ordinary after all. Boniface wields a cynical, but definitely kid-friendly, sense of humor, and Gilpin's illustrations are sharp and witty. Kids who love comic books, superhero animations, and graphic novels will enjoy this story.–Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
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Gr. 3-5. Ordinary Boy is the only resident of Superopolis, a city of heroes, who doesn't have superpowers. He is part of the Junior Leaguers team that includes Halogen Boy, whose glowing ability depends on his consumption of apple juice; Plasma Girl, who can transform into a jellylike substance; and Stench, notable for passing overpowering gas. Ordinary Boy's personal hero is the Amazing Indestructo, the self-proclaimed greatest hero of Superopolis, who is the leader of the League of Ultimate Goodness. When the Junior Leaguers get the opportunity to help the Amazing Indestructo foil the sinister plans of villainous Professor Brain-Drain, Ordinary Boy realizes that even without superpowers, he can still do extraordinary things. Ordinary Boy's narrative is interspersed with pages from the Li'l Heroes Handbook, offering brief profiles on characters and places in the story. Fast-paced and silly, this first title in the Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy series will appeal to fans of Captain Underpants in search of new adventures. Ed Sullivan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060774665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060774660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Torre on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Great book. The characters are very creative. There are pictures of the charaters too.

The storyline is about trading cards. My 10yr old son can totally relate and couldn't put the book down. Not only did he read, he understood the excitement of finding "THE" card everyone in the book was looking for.

Just a note, I could not find this book in any bookstore in my area, which really surprised me because it's a great read and it's hard to find such great & interesting stories for boys. So Kudo's to Amazon.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kylie Gross on July 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy is an excellent book. Its dry humor will give young adults some good laughs, while the characters and setting will captivate younger audiences. The plot is easy to follow for children but contains a vocabulary that encourages expanding the mind. Ordinary Boy and his friends are smart and energetic, leading readers through an exciting adventure that will keep them turning the pages. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Sons VINE VOICE on October 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 11-year-old read this book over a weekend. He raved about it. Yes - I said my 11-year-old SON raved about a book. It isn't easy to find books boys will like these days, especially after they've finished all their Harry Potters. I'll be getting #2 Ordinary Boy asap.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nice guy on June 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I stood in line for a free autographed copy of this book at the annual Book Expo last year so that I'd have something to bring home to my kids. I will gladly pay full retail for the chance to read the second installment. My 5-year old son and 7-year old daughter both loved it as a read-aloud bedtime story. The humor was delightfully age appropriate for all three of us (and I'm 50). The pictures captured just the right blend of superhero and silliness. We all tried to solve the mystery along with Ordinary Boy and his friends. It was great fun.
A year later, my daughter says she re-reads this book whenever she runs out of library books, and wants to know when the next book is coming out. Though the second book is probably at the library by now, I'm going to order one from Amazon so she can re-read it while waiting for the third volume. I hope they keep them coming!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been reading this book to my son he is 7 1/2 and he loves it. As an adult I find it appealing because I never know where it will go next and this makes it unpredictable and fun to read. As I read it I smile, the adventures, the humor, the well written and easy to read style makes it hard to put the book down. I find that many childrens books hit the child "over the head" (with humor, grossness, scariness, whatever, etc.) in the mistaken belief that they won't "get it" otherwise. It doesn't talk down to children and yet the humor is subtle and engaging. I found the story to be engrossing and not too scary. Overall I think this book is great, I am looking forward to purchasing the other two in the series.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Reacher Creature on April 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Overall, I planned to give this book 4 starts, but I had to take one away because of the flaw, but more on that later.

Welcome to Superopolis, where everybody is a superhero, and they all have super powers. Well, that's everyone except for one boy who doesn't have any powers, and his name is Ordinary Boy, or O Boy for short. O Boy's favorite Superhero is The Amazing Indestructo, who can't he hurt or killed. When O Boy and his friends (who all have super powers) find out that The Amazing Indestructo is coming out with trading cards, they want to get them all. That leads to the plot of the book. There is just three of a special super secret card, and O Boy and his friends want it. That being said, O Boy and his friends uncover a plot that can spell the end for Superopolis. That's all I really want to say on the plot.

****COULD BE SPOILERS START*****

This book has one major, major flaw. In Children's Literature, it's important that the kids solve the problem. No matter what they face, they, the kids have to solve the issues they face, and not adults. That's pretty much the law. That doesn't happen here. The super hero parents save the day, and that's a major no-no. That's why I had to take a star away, giving it three stars, and not four.

****COULD BE SPOILERS END *****

The writing in this book was okay. At times, it was on the child's level, then at times, the writing was over their heads and the odds are they won't get the jokes.

Overall, it was a pretty good read. If you have kids (esp boys) and you want to get them to read books, and have a life long desire to read, this is a good series to start them off on. They'll get a kick of some of the kids super hero powers.

Like I said, not great, but not bad either. I liked it, and will tell me students about it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am nine years old and I really like Ordinary Boy Series. I really like the first book because it has action and a lot of superheroes save the town from the supervillain. Ordinary Boy's father was trying to get back in a superhero team , but can never get in one. Lastly, Ordinary Boy leads his group into fighting crime with Amazing Indestructible [AI] to defeat the villain, Professor Brain Drain.That is why I love this book.

-ADAM
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big fan on March 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've never written a review on-line for anything before, but I feel so strongly about these books that I decided to start here. I have read the first two books in this series to my 7 1/2 year old son and we both enjoyed them more than anything else we've read, with the possible exception of the first two Harry Potter books. At his age this is the perfect book for a parent to read to a child. There are many opportunities to introduce and explain new vocabulary words like "discombobulated" and the books tell a tale of an ordinary boy who succeeds and solves mysteries despite the handicap of being the only person without powers in a town filled with super heroes and super villains. He does this by using his intelligence - a good message for kids. Book two has a terrific surprise. We are just about to start the third book . Although my son is a great reader, this is a bit above his level for independent reading now, but I'm sure he'll read it again and again as he gets older.
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