by Dan Santat
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011
Reviewed from personal copy.
INTRODUCING: METAL MUTT! STATIC CAT! AND... FLUFFY!?!
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.
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.