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Contributor(s): Santat, Dan
ISBN: 0439298199     ISBN-13: 9780439298193
Publisher: Arthur a Levine
    OUR PRICE: $11.69  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2011
Annotation: When Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his pets have different ideas.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Graphic novels.
Superheroes; Fiction.
Pets; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Superheroes
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: 2010034704
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (1.06 lbs) 215 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 145188
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q54584
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Please visit his website at

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
With veteran superhero Captain Amazing holding auditions for a new sidekick, his pets--a dog, hamster, and chameleon--hope to win the role. They train seriously but get into trouble fighting crime. Meanwhile, Captain Amazing's nemesis has stolen a belt that jeopardizes the entire city. Santat's genre-mash-up graphic novel features appealing, cartoonish art with bold geometric shapes and bright primary colors. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #4)
Veteran superhero Captain Amazing is getting old, and when he decides to hold auditions for a new sidekick, his pets -- a dog, a hamster, and a newly acquired chameleon -- hope to win the role. They each train seriously for the next month, but while fighting crime they often get into more trouble than they bargained for. On one such escapade, they run into a mysterious cat who turns out to be Captain Amazing's erstwhile pet and sidekick. Meanwhile, Captain Amazing's nemesis, Dr. Havoc, has recently been released from prison and has stolen a powerful belt that jeopardizes the entire city. Of course, only with the combined help of all the sidekicks does the aging superhero prevail. Santat, who has previously illustrated picture books and chapter books, breaks welcome new ground here with what should be a popular graphic novel, thanks to the genre mash-up (animals and superheroes) and the appealing, cartoonish artwork with bold geometric shapes and bright primary colors. Young readers, moreover, may relate to the pets that simply yearn to spend more quality time with their overextended, workaholic owner. jonathan hunt Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 May #1)

Santat brings the world of superhero pets to life in this charming story. Captain Amazing is an aging human super-hero who announces to the world that he needs a new sidekick. His animal companions agree—and each thinks he is the right creature for the job. Fluffy, a hamster; Shifty, a chameleon; Manny, a cat; and Rosco, a dog, compete, with all sort of interspecies rivalries emerging. When Captain Amazing's life is on the line, however, they find a way to come together. Santat's lively, colorful illustrations convey the action and humor that infuse the tale. The book functions both as a parable of sibling rivalry and overworked parents stretched too thin, and as a rollicking adventure tale. Ages 8–12. (July)

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

Gr 3–6—Middle-aged superhero Captain Amazing is looking for a new sidekick after his superpowered house pet and former cohort Static Cat runs away. His dog, Roscoe, is posing as superhero Metal Mutt in order to audition for his replacement, while his other pets—a hamster and a chameleon—train secretly with Static Cat as well. The artwork has an easily accessible style, and the characters display a distinctly identifiable design; they are rendered in such a way that makes them seem both solidly dimensional and appropriately cartoony. The story has a strong narrative continuity with a number of small details returning with dramatic importance later on, and each character has a particular arc of exploration and discovery. Full of inoffensive broad comedy, and providing a number of characters to relate to, Sidekicks is perfectly enjoyable, while still lacking the particular spark or inventiveness that would make it memorable. It should come as no surprise that Santat also created Disney's The Replacements, as this story has the tightness and pacing of a cartoon feature—-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

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