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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

SIDEKICKS
by Dan Santat
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-439-29811-7
Grades 3-6
Reviewed from personal copy.

INTRODUCING: METAL MUTT! STATIC CAT! AND... FLUFFY!?!

Captain Amazing, hero of Metro City, is so busy catching criminals that he rarely has time for his pets at home. He doesn't even notice when they develop superpowers of their own.

So when he announces that he needs a sidekick, his dog, hamster, and chameleon each decide to audition. But with each pet determined to win the sidekick position, the biggest battle in Metro City might just be at the Captain's house.

Then archvillain Dr. Havoc returns to town, and suddenly the Captain's in serious trouble. Can the warring pets put their squabbles aside? Or is it curtains for the Captain?

It's stay, sit, and save the world in this romp of a graphic novel!


This book provides a delightful reading experience for those who enjoy graphic novels. Not only are the illustrations bright and appealing but the characters are endearing, even the grumpy Roscoe, the dog. My favorite character though is Fluffy, the hamster, who despite not being tough and intimidating is determined to help.  I love how he keeps trying even when things don't go so well. The relationships between the different animals and Captain Amazing is an integral part of the book with Captain Amazing not fully realizing the loyalty and courage of his companions. With plenty of action as well as plenty of heart, there is much here to be enjoyed by young readers. 

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