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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
Contributor(s): Chabon, Michael, Parker, Jake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0061914622     ISBN-13: 9780061914621
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: September 2011
Annotation: A young superhero describes his awesome powers, which he then demonstrates as various foes arrive on the scene.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Superheroes; Fiction.
Imagination; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2010041192
Lexile Measure: 600
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.75" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 148102
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q55449
Reading Level: 2.4   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Broad-shouldered, square-chinned Awesome Man has awesome powers and an awesome dog sidekick. But he still needs to relax and refuel after a hard day battling evil. There's some satisfaction after the one-note story line reveals Awesome Man's alter ego (a little boy). Rich-hued 1950s-comic-style art includes subtle clues to the story's twist.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 July #4)

Chabon (Summerland) ventures into picture books with a tongue-in-cheek superhero story that soars, thanks to energetic and slick illustrations by comics artist Parker. Awesome Man, speaking in companionable slang, describes how he battles villains like arch nemesis the Flaming Eyeball and hangs out with his canine buddy, Moskowitz the Awesome Dog. In regard to his name, he explains, "I'm just basically awesome." But as superhero fans know, great power equals great responsibility: "I have to be careful. I can't start hitting stuff," he says. "I might hurt somebody." When he gets angry, he retreats to his undersea Fortress of Awesome (which looks like a suburban home), sits on his twin bed, and wraps himself "in a ginormous Awesome Power Grip. It calms me right down." Parker (Missile Mouse) usually pictures the hero as an athletic fellow with a shiny mask, trim spandex bodysuit, and impeccable coif, but Chabon drops hints regarding the hero's secret identity, which is revealed in the final pages. Though the story meanders a bit, young caped crusaders and Chabon's adult fans alike will grin at this self-consciously witty portrait. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 August)

K-Gr 2—Awesome Man can smash through the time barrier, shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, and combat mutant Jell—O from Beyond the Stars. "But don't think it's nonstop fun and photons being Awesome Man. Sometimes it can be pretty hard…." When a superhero feels tired and angry, he can always head for the Fortress of Awesome, where Mom is waiting with cheese and crackers and chocolate milk. Chabon's first picture book discharges delectable language like "several billion kilojoules per nanosecond," "Professor Von Evil in his Antimatter Slimebot," and "thermo vulcanized protein-delivery orb." Things are more likely to skloosh and skarunch than not. Verbiage like this nudges the story into read-aloud territory, and children will be swooping around the room as they listen. But if they stop long enough to peek at the pages, they'll enjoy the way Parker kicks it up another notch with hyperkinetic, hypercolored comic-book action scenes. The depiction of a showdown between Awesome Man and his nemesis—the Flaming Eyeball—is priceless. Readers may notice that there's a moral peeking out from Awesome Man's cape, but they'll still grab this story in their "ginormous Awesome Power Grip" and not let go.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

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