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Hyperactive Paperback – December 9, 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–Joey Johnson has always moved too quickly and been too impatient for his own good. But on the first day of school after summer vacation, his metabolism speeds up to superhuman proportions, and that&'s when things really get crazy. On the plus side, Joey learns the advantages of having everyone else frozen in time, especially during a brutal game of dodgeball when he gets the opportunity to turn the tables on the class bullies. But on the minus side, different types of shifty people show up at his house trying to capitalize on his amazing speed. This is a fast and fluffy book with bright, colorful, and zany artwork in the style of &Ren & Stimpy& cartoons. The good guys are likable, especially Joey&'s friend Freddy, who gets a unique opportunity to save the day. The bad guys are evil but hilarious, especially Mr. Seymour Haliburton Itchez (of Burnz and Itchez Pharmaceuticals) and his inept henchmen, who need to spend some quality time with a family therapist.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Joey Johnson learns that he can move at super speed and puts his power to good use doing household chores. But when word gets out, a shady executive sees the opportunity to make big bucks off of Joey’s super DNA. It’s a straightforward plot, but Sava (Dreamland Chronicles, 2008) has clearly learned big lessons from superhero movies and his work as a cartoon animator. He devotes the first half to the most resonant part of the superhero origin, the joy and confusion of discovery, and does it with such an irrepressible sense of fun that it’s impossible not to get a vicarious thrill. The second half, with everyone from the mafia to sports-drink companies trying to horn in on Joey’s action, has as many giggles per page as a Babymouse story. With its vibrant, popping art, this graphic novel suggests cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants and Camp Lazlo, which walk a fine line of creating sophisticated humor that also feels whirlwind and silly, and thus has high appeal for a wide range of ages. With its surprise ending, which suggests more to come, a readership of young boys will ensure that this one flies off the shelf at the speed of light. Grades 2-6. --Jesse Karp
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600103138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600103131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,930,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle Tegrootenhuis on April 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Just found this book at the "real" bookstore on a hunch that my son would love it. I was right! He does! I wish Amazon would have the full preview of the book, because the art is very appealing and not so "edgy" as the superhero comic type of books. I'm only giving 4 out of 5 because to be honest, I only read half of the book before I gave it to him and I don't expect to be seeing it back anytime soon. This will be a book he rereads cover to cover several times through. I definitely recommend for any kids, but especially for reluctant readers!
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Joey can't wait for class to end. There's five minutes left--three hundred seconds--but as he watches the clock, the seconds seem to be ticking away more and more slowly.

That's a familiar situation for most of us: Time slows when we're bored or impatient. But that's not what's going on with Joey. Time only seems to be slowing because he's speeding up, as he discovers when he whizzes around a classroom filled with apparently frozen classmates. A visit to the doctor reveals that Joey's metabolism has gone into overdrive, allowing him to move with super speed.

Being a basically good kid, Joey doesn't use this power for anything more spectacular than winning at dodgeball and stealing some lollipops. However, it doesn't take long for others to think of more nefarious uses for his super speed, from advertising sports drinks to working for the mob. After an unsuccessful visit by some very stereotypical gangsters, Joey's parents put him in lockdown. That's not enough to keep away the evil Burnz and Itchez Pharmaceutical Corporation, however, whose CEO, Seymour Haliburton Itchez, sends a comically inept team of kidnappers to capture Joey and steal his DNA. And they almost succeed, too, except for one meddling kid--Joey's best friend and wannabe sidekick, Freddy, who springs in at the last moment to save the day.

Hyperactive is a real kids' comic. There's nothing subtle about it; the bad guys are obviously bad, the humor is broad, and the violence is played for laughs. The side characters, including the over-the-top gym teacher and the hapless kidnappers, are pretty funny, and Joey's parents manage to be reassuring without being overbearing or total bumblers, like most comic-book parents.

Bergin's art is kinetic and stylized, with a strong Nickelodeon vibe.
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Kids will love this graphic novel, which takes "hyperactive" to entirely new level. While bored in class, Joey Johnson makes an amazing discovery - he can run so fast that time nearly stops around him. During gym, it's confirmed: Joey can run faster than a car and everyone can see him do it. After a trip to the doctor, Joey's parents are forced to put him under house arrest to protect him from unscrupulous sorts who might want to exploit his ability. These sorts do of course come out of the woodwork - salespeople, the mafia, lawyers, engineers, filmmakers, and finally an evil corporation willing to kidnap Joey to get his hyperactive blood. This is a book for fans of action, adventure, and not much else. Joey is never a fully realized character, and the villains who pursue him rely heavily on stereotypes to convey their motives. There are few words over all - much of the plot is conveyed through panels of Joey running. A quick, solid read for action fans.
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We, including Daniel did not find the book especially interesting maybe a little too Hyperactive without connecting the dots. We thought it would be good for a rather active boy.
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