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Sidekicks Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was good. It really touched my heart at the end. Spoiler alert ,I really like how all the animals had super . Even the hamster had invincibility.Published 3 months ago by Kimberly M. Brooksphd
When a superhero needs a new sidekick, who wants the job? Younger superheroes? Those who aspire to fame? And, um, his pets? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Skye Kilaen
We know this to be self evident, that animals are in fact protectors of the human race! That is all!Published 16 months ago by ms.drake
I ordered this book because it was appropriate to my son's Lexile score. My 4th grade son loves the book and the characters! The book arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chihuahuadandy
I have this book in my classroom library and kids bargain and trade with each other to have a turn reading Sidekicks. Write more please.Published on October 12, 2013 by Ellen B. Slotwinski
What is life like for a superhero's pets? That's the idea behind this fun graphic novel. We open with Roscoe (a dog) and Fluffy (a hamster) waiting for Captain Amazing to get... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers