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The Comic Book Kid Hardcover – April 30, 2001

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Gr 4-6-Brian and Paul, 12, are the comic-book kings of the school with a combined collection of over 5000 mint-condition superhero books. Brian is particularly aware of the potential value of comics since he once accidentally destroyed his father's valuable Superman #1. The two friends are excited when the owner of their favorite store presents them with a brand-new title, TimeQuest. They discover that all the panels are blank except for a note on the last page describing how to use the comic as a time machine. Of course, they're sure it's all a joke until Paul accidentally triggers a quick, dangerous jaunt back to dinosaur times. Brian then decides to use the device to go back to 1939 and replace his dad's lost treasure. Unfortunately, the TimeQuest technology is unreliable at best, and the boys are suddenly off on a wild time-hopping odyssey. They are attacked by prehistoric cave dwellers, trapped by futuristic aliens, and lost in the far future. To make things worse, they pick up a companion in 1939, a girl who will be Brian's grandmother. The TimeQuest book panels fill in their adventures as they try to retrieve the Superman issue, avoid changing history, and get back to their own era alive. This lighthearted science-fiction story has plenty of quick action. The dialogue is crisp and natural with an abundance of middle school humor. There's also a subtle message about responsibility and friendship.

Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4-6. Brian has always felt guilty because as a little kid he destroyed his father's valuable Superman comic book So when he and his friend Paul are presented with a magic ring that can take them back and forth in time, Brian wants to go to 1939 and get Superman #1. Naturally, things don't work out quite that easily. This book has more than a passing resemblance to Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Time Warp Trio series, but it's not as well plotted or funny. It does have one section, however, that is kid-appealingly gross. This is not an essential purchase, but it might please Trio fans waiting for the next Scieszka/Smith installment. Pen-and-ink illustrations by Craig Smith capture the whirling dervish feeling that pervades the story. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press; 1st edition (April 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886910626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886910621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,598,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Osterweil grew up in Plainview, NY. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Classics, and from Stony Brook University with a M.A. in Liberal Studies. He teaches junior high English at Springs School in Springs, New York. His hobbies include treasure hunting, video games, and collecting comic books. Visit www.adamosterweil.com for more information about Adam and his books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "teacher0" on May 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've used this book all year as an independent reading choice in my 6th grade clasroom. It really draws in even the most reluctant reader. The kids like the combination of time travel, comic books, aliens, prehistoric monsters, etc.--just about everything a kid would want in a book. My personal favorite scene is when Brian falls out of the alien spaceship and realizes his corduroy pants had saved him, and they're NOT damaged! Very funny stuff. I think adults will enjoy the book too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book. It won the Walt Disney award for Best Adventure Book (a CHILDREN'S CHOICE award). It's about a boy who tries to get a valuable comic book in mint-condition from 1939 and ends up going on a wild journey. The boy's motives are unselfish, having to do with bringing love back into his family (I won't give anything away).
In a time when all sorts of violent and inappropriate things are starting to appear in children's books in the misguided belief that they are required to keep today's kids reading, it's good to see a wholesome adventure book with family values. That it was chosen by the children of America as the best adventure book speaks volumes about what will actually keep kids reading: a good, solid, page-turning adventure that doesn't stop even after you've closed the book at the end.
The illustrations are also spectacular. They are the old-fashioned kind made up of thousands of individual lines, giving the impression that each is an intricate etching. They fit the comic book theme of the novel nicely. An impressive 5 star book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book because its up for best adventure book in the disney adventures awards. Its neat because it only took me three hours to read. I usually read 25 pages an hour and this book is 150 pages so it goes fast. Theres no place to put it down and go get a drink because its all adventure. I'm going to vote for it. Read this book if you want to go an action packed journey to get an old comic book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
...this is still my favorite book because it has a time machine and I wish I could build a time machine or something like it or somebody would come to me from the future. The book was very interesting and I didn't want to put it down. My favorite part was when the old woman flapped her arms and everyone laughed.
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Do you watch the Antiques Roadshow? Do you collect anything of value? As all collectors know, there's always that one rare item that seems unattainable, that you dream about finding in a dusty attic or a remote yard sale. This book explores the exciting possibility of fulfilling that dream for comic collectors. The main character, a serious comic buff, acquires a time travel ring, and plans to go back in time with his friend to get a mint condition copy of the first Superman comic (now worth over $100,000.) The reader is left in suspense throughout the entire book, wondering if they will succeed or not, as their plan unravels into a full-fledged adventure through time and space.
This book is funny, fast moving, and never dull. I discovered it through my son's Disney Adventures magazine, where it was nominated for best adventure book of 2001. I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more attention. My son's read it twice already.
If you or your children want a break from the fantasy genre that seems to be dominating readership now, this clever sci-fi/adventure is for you.
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By A Customer on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Harry Potter fans will turn the pages of Adam Osterweil's sci-fi to find out where Brian and his best pal Paul travel to retrieve a valuable vintage comic book in pristine condition and make is father happy again.
Magical doings, strange encounters, and unexpected dire situations await the 12 year olds as they surf the time warp, past and way, way ahead of now. With a special ring, the boys can inject themselves into all kinds of warp zones. (Ever wanted to chew your way into a candy zone through programmable gum?)
It would appear that the author injected himself into this adventurous tale. Who else could be Mr. O, a teacher at Springs School in the book? In real life, the author teaches at the very real Springs School in Springs, East Hampton.
Part of the fun reading it is that anyone who has spent time in the real Springs on Long Island in New York State (as I have for six summers) will recognize real locations. I wonder if any of Mr. Osterweil's students recognize themselves within these pages. If they do, they should be very proud of themselves.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly on April 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Adam Osterweil is my teacher for english and even before i was in his class i read this book. i have read all of his books so far and i loved them too. every time one of his books came out i would walk to his classroom and asked him to sign it and every time he says yes. he even signed my "The Comic Book Kid" twice. i think that it is a wonderful book it was fun to read and un-like some books i have read you get captured inside of the book. this book is exciting and funny. this book is from a kids point of view, because, Adam Osterweil being my teacher and all, i have goten to know him and he is really a big kid, a little smarter then kids and likes school a lot more than most kids, but none the less a big kid. i am also going to be a charicter in his next book he hasn't told me a lot about it but from what he has told me i think its going to be great.
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