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Sound Off! #1 (Daniel Boom aka Loud Boy) Paperback – March 13, 2008
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Grade 3–5—As an infant, Daniel Boom is incapable of being quiet. He grows older and works hard to not be injudiciously noisy—to use his "inside voice"—but he just can't help being loud. Then he is warned by his eccentric uncle that this may be just what the evil society Kid-Rid wants, as it tries to silence all children around the globe. Taking action, Daniel, his sister, and three other kids battle against the adults who try to squash their exuberant youthful tendencies. The basic message is simple: talking a lot, forgetting to be quiet, fidgeting, and other things that make parents shush you are held up as normal and even ideal by being elevated to the level of superpowers. Each page has a goodly amount of detail crammed into the colorful art, with Easter eggs, jokes, and clues throughout. The book has plenty of gags for anyone reading closely, and the persistently cheesy jokes and constant action will charm youngsters. It's a pity the denouement is so limp after the frenetic climax, doing little more than encouraging readers to buy the next book, but that will certainly not dampen the appetite of most kids who pick up this volume.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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*Starred Review* Daniel, almost 10, is a lively, thoughtful child, but he has a problem. He was born with “no indoor voice,” and his words have been known to shatter glass as well as cause consternation among neighbors, teachers, and friends. At his new school, he meets a handful of other children, each of whom has a different peculiarity (from fidgeting to throwing tantrums), which, like Daniel's, is eventually revealed as a superpower. Bursting with action, color, and intriguing characters (both good and evil), this works in every way. Smith’s visual wit, which puts a retro gloss on cartoon art characteristic of the 1950s, is on display without sidetracking the story, and pacing and plotting are superb; readers get to know Daniel as a kid before being plunged into impending disaster. Tension builds carefully, and there are plenty of puns along the way. Kids will anxiously await Daniel's next adventure. Grades 3-5. --Francisca Goldsmith
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when he was 4yrs old. So he and I are well acquainted with fidgeting,impulsiveness and speaking too loud. My son and I were delighted to find a story that highlighted characters who were not perfect...just like him. I purchased the entire series of "Daniel Boom aka Loud Boy" books right here on Amazon. I couldn't be more pleased. The stories are entertaining and very creative.