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About the Author

Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel SIDEKICKS, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including OH NO! (OR HOW MY SCIENCE PROJECT DESTROYED THE WORLD) by Mac Barnett. He lives in Alhambra, California. Please visit his website at http://www.dantat.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439298199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439298193
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One day a year he is Santa Claus, but the other 364 days Dan Santat
writes and illustrates children's books.

He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, "The Replacements"

Dan graduated with honors from the Art Center, College of Design.

He lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, a dog, a bird, and one cat.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With Captain Amazing growing older, he feels that the time has come to get a new sidekick. His dog Roscoe (alias Metal Mutt) feels that now is the time to show him what he can do. Captain Amazing's pet hamster, Fluffy (no alias, and no superpowers) decides that he can fight crime as well. With the help of Captain Amazing's old sidekick and pet cat Manny (alias Static Cat), Fluffy learns what he needs to become truly heroic...and before all is said and done, everyone's going to be impressed!

OK, this book is every bit as goofy as it sounds...and it's funny and entertaining from beginning to end! I love a good superhero story, and was surprised to find that this one was indeed a very good superhero story!

Is this a kid's book? I suppose so. But, I really, really liked it. This is a great superhero book for the young and the young at heart!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Armando N. Roman VINE VOICE on October 23, 2011
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The cover and plot summary for Sidekicks caught my interest when I was going through the Vine products last month. A bunch of pets trying out to be their master's new sidekick sounded fun, and Dan Santat seemed to have a good reputation. I know this comic is more for kids than adults but I know this wouldn't have been something I'd have read more than once when I was younger. Sidekicks is very tame, only really focuses on two characters, and the art style leaves a bit to be desired when you notice that everyone has about 3 facial expressions they use through the whole book. It's not a bad comic but it could've at least used characters with character.

Captain Amazing is getting up there in years, and is starting to need a little help when saving the city from all kinds of villains. So he sets up an audition for people to try their hand at being his sidekick. He has two pets, Roscoe the dog and Fluffy the hamster, that want that job. Another pet, Shifty the chameleon, joins the family when he arrives at Captain Amazing's home in a huge shipping box. Fluffy's the first to start training to be a sidekick when he chases after a raccoon that stole an iPod, but things take a turn for the worse when he's stopped by three hungry cats. At the same time, Captain Amazing's nemesis has been released from jail, claiming to be a reformed man, a DNA transfer device has been stolen, and there are mysterious claw marks being left all over town. Crazy, huh?

Apart from Roscoe and Fluffy constantly making the same huge-eyed, huge-mouthed faces in the beginning, Sidekicks started out pretty good. It was funny seeing Captain Amazing, someone who's basically a one-man army, have an allergic reaction to peanuts when fighting crime. Jokes weren't forced, and the overall tone of the comic is tame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 9, 2012
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If you're an adult who likes superheroes, I can't imagine that you wouldn't like this graphic novel. I found it delightful, and I'm not big into the superhero genre.

Kids of all ages will enjoy it too. My son is in 2nd grade, and he enjoyed it. Graphic novels are excellent for kids who don't think that they like to read. My son was a strong reader early on, but still didn't choose to read. Books like these bridge the gap and do teach them that reading can be fun.

There is a fully formed plot here, so even though it's in comic form, it's a fully developed story. Captain Amazing is getting a little old, and after his peanut allergy takes him out for a while, he decides he needs to find a new sidekick, so auditions are going to be held at the S.O.S. (society of superheros). His pets -- a dog, a hamster, and a chameleon -- want to audition, but after Captain Awesome lost his other pet/sidekick Manny, he isn't looking to his pets to fill that role.

This book is filled with humor, but also has a nice moral about helping each other out, cased in the "sibling rivalry" that the family of pets shares.

What topped up the uniqueness of this book was the author's bio at the back, which was written as a sidekick application. Very clever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Demeritt VINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
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SIDEKICKS a fun romp, great for younger set

Dan Santat's graphic novel Sidekicks is a delightfully fun romp in the superhero world. Captain Amazing is an aging hero who is facing the fact that he will need a sidekick again to remain useful, but vows not to turn one of his pets into a superhero again, after his cat ran away when serving in that role. This greatly disappoints his current pets, a dog who can change into a steel form, self-named Metal Mutt, Fluffy the unempowered but motivated hamster, and a late arrival pet chameleon who want's the non-de-plume The Chamleon. So they set out to prove their superhero chops, discovering the fate of Static Cat, the electro zapping feline who left the family years before, and dealing with Dr. Havoc - Captain Amazing's nemesis fresh out of jail.

The pet's powers are imbalanced, Fluffy seeming to have only his determination and wits, and Chameleon having nothing more than his natural camouflage ability. Thus the Metal Mutt tries to keep the weaker pets safe at home, and out of the superhero game, while rebel Static Cat decides to train them. It clearly resides in Santat's design that we are to associate with Fluffy, but the simple core roles of the four pets makes this story better because they don't always get along, but always have genuine concern for each other. In this way we get the kind of arguments a child can relate to, appealing to that resonant feeling that you are being undervalued so common in childhood. The internal struggle is masked by a visually exciting outer one, as Mr. Amazing has to deal with defeat, and a new superhero rises to reduce his luster in the public eye.
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