Monday, July 25, 2011
Review #103: Sidekicks
Lily (age 8): This is a book called Sidekicks, and I'm gonna tell you about it.
Gracie (age 11): It's a graphic novel.
Lily: It's about Captain Amazing.
Gracie: He is a superhero.
Lily: He has a whole bunch of pets. They love him. And they always want to be with him, but he's always gone on his missions.
Isaac (age 12): Captain Amazing thinks he's getting too old, and he wants to get a sidekick to help him.
Gracie: So he's going to hold sidekick auditions. All of his pets have superpowers.
Isaac: They each want to become his sidekick so they can spend more time with him. They fight crime. And there are EXPLOSIONS!
Dad: Is it ever like that with kids and their dads too? Sometimes you want to be with me, but I have to work?
Gracie: YES. All the time.
Dad: Maybe you guys can be my sidekicks. You can sharpen my pencils for me.
Gracie: (sarcastically) That sounds... exciting...
Dad: Tell me about the four pets...
Gracie: I'll tell you about Shifty. Shifty is a chameleon. He changes colors to match his surroundings so you can't see him. His skin is his suit.
Isaac: The hamster's name is Fluffy. He thinks he doesn't have superpowers. But he still wants to be the sidekick so he can be closer to his dude.
Lily: The cat has electricity and can electrocute. The dog can turn into metal. His name is Metal Mutt.
Dad: Did you have a favorite part?
Gracie: Inside the penguin's igloo at the zoo there is a secret nightclub.
Lily: I like that place.
Isaac: Not that we go to nightclubs.
Dad: What was eating all the food... a hippo?
Gracie: Yeah. He had big fat butt cheeks.
Dad: We're not going to put "butt cheeks" in the review.
Gracie: "Bottom... cushions..."
Dad: If you could have a superpower what would you pick?
Lily: I would have night vision. I would go out at night and get all the bad guys while they are sleeping.
Dad: You would hate night vision. You already say that it's too bright for you to go to sleep at night. It would be like having the lights on all the time.
Isaac: I would have the power to go back in time. So if a bad guy punched me in the nose, I would go back in time and dodge it.
Dad: What would your snazzy superhero name be?
Isaac: (pause) Back-in-Time-Guy.
Gracie: I would have shape shifting powers. I would catch a bad guy, and shape shift my hand into a big club. After I shoved him into a dumpster, I would shape shift into him, and then I would get the other guys. Wow! Pow! Pow! Shickapoo!
Dad: Do you know who made this book?
Gracie: Dan Santat.
Lily: This book is so cool that I am speechless.
Gracie: I loved your book, Dan Santat. It is definitely a good one. It was very action filled and funny too.
Lily: Everybody will like your book because it is, like, the awesomest book ever.
Isaac: You could so make another one. It's perfect for a sequel. Or a t.v. show - that would be awesome!
Dad: Any last words? Do you have a blurb?
Gracie: It is a fun fantasy about furry fighters of fury.
Dad: Wow... FFFantastic!
Gracie: It's Dan Santastic!
Author/Illustrator: Dan Santat
Published, 2011: Arthur A. Levine Books
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The fun's not over yet!
I almost never buy new books. Of the 3000+ children's books in our personal collection, I'm certain that less than 1% of them I purchased new. As a "starving artist," I'm content to wait for birthday gifts, and I make dedicated rounds to used book sources... 10 cents here, 50 cents there.
But I was so excited about Sidekicks, that I bought it the week it came out. My first new-release purchase in years. Then... the VERY next day... we received a review copy in the mail from the publisher. So we've got 2 copies! And I decided that, rather than return one, we'd give this great book to one of our readers.
To be entered in the Giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below. It's that easy!
And while it's not necessary, if you'd like to turn it into 2 entries, include within your comment a favorite Bookie Woogie memory. The kids recently hit their 100th review (yea!) and it would be fun to celebrate that. So if you've been with us for a while, share a favorite moment from a Bookie Woogie review or interview, and you'll get two entries in the Giveaway.
We'll announce a winner on August 1st. Good luck!