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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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“Young caped crusaders and Chabon’s adult fans alike will grin at this self-consciously witty portrait.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Awesome indeed.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“It’s a wonderful celebration of tough-guy fantasies and down-to-earth boyness, perfectly matched with the retro stylings of animated film artist and comic book illustrator Parker.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Chabon’s first-person narrative is that of a boy-zealous, goofy, and antisister-and the story reads like the play-by-play antics of an action figure in a kid’s game.” (ALA Booklist)
Praise for SUMMERLAND: “Chabon hits a high-flying home run.” (Publishers Weekly)
Praise for SUMMERLAND: “Packed with magic, adventure, myth, and America’s favorite pastime, this book will enchant its audience. (School Library Journal)
Praise for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY: “The depth of Chabon’s thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement.” (New York Times Book Review)
Top Customer Reviews
The actual story itself was not quite as inspiring to me or my children. To start, Moskowitz the Awesome Dog is featured prominently on the cover of the book, yet other than bringing a snack to Awesome Man, there was no story line involving the dog that lead me to believe there was anything awesome about him.Read more ›
This book is engaging with funny, snappy dialogue. It tells the story of Awesome man, who's main power is the "Power Grip" (read: Hugging). I really love how this book shows kids ways to play super heroes without actually punching or kicking anyone. The villans aren't really front and center because it isn't about villans. It is about Awesome Man. It gives them some examples to use their own imaginations to play.
Also the mystery of his secret identity is a lot of fun for my kids (2 and 4). They love going back through the book to see clues, like the pre-school version of the Sixth Sense.
I often laugh at this silly book and it has been a favorite at our house for a year running.
I liked the retro comic book feel of the book, but the story is terrible. Awesome Man basically lists all his superpowers then fights random bad guys who show up out of nowhere. Some positive messages but they get lost. Very aimless in that regard when even a simple plot would've been easy to devise and much more engaging. There's also nothing to appeal to little girls with this book. Unless you're already a fan of Chabon/Parker, skip this book. Good premise, poor execution.
Decent illustrations but come on -- kids deserve a good story too.
On the downside, award-winning author Michael Chabon really seems to have dropped the ball on this book. The story is kind of cute, but ultimately there is just not much to it. It seems as though the author had an idea for a children's book, but then never spent the time to develop it. My little reader thought that the book was OK, but indeed after one read she never had any inclination to go back for a second look.
Check it out from the library, by all means, but I would not suggest buying it, there's just no there there.
(Review of The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon and Jake Parker.)
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Best book ever for kids who like superheroes and parents who are tired of the commercial cartoons - a great lesson about how kids need to recharge and take a break when they get... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Gowski
Daughter loves this book. Buy it for your kids. Took off the slip cover and put it in a picture frame. She adores it.Published 6 months ago by Jim Hoey
We first discovered this title at our local library. After multiple checkouts, my son still requested it and continues to enjoy it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Janna
Perfect for the 4 yr old boy who doesn't like scary things, and the baby loves it too. It's the first book he sat all the way through for and wanted again. Read morePublished 7 months ago by susan lord
One of the best kids books, entertains adults and the kid. After renting this for many weeks with renewals from the library I had to buy it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by KenP