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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*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