I have been very busy the last couple weeks, so it has taken me a little longer than normal to get a new review up. It's summer and that means I'm spending a great deal of time with my kids. But I've got a fun superhero graphic novel for you today.
By Dan Santat
For Ages 6 - 10
What do pets want more than anything? To spend time with their owners, of course. And if their owners are superheros, they may have to become sidekicks to get it. Superheroes, super-pets and super-villains make bring plenty of smiles to the adventure. Rated 3.25 (superheroes, family, comic violence)
Captain Amazing has been watching over Metro City for a long time. A very long time. He's getting old. That point is driven home when he bungles the take down of some villainous nere-do-wells. Captain Amazing decides it's time to take on a sidekick. Since he is out saving the city all around the clock, his loving pets decide to tryout for the part. So his hamster and newly acquired chameleon begin training, even though they don't seem to have any super powers. Amazing's dog gets into the act with a super power and his long lost cat, who can shock people, returns to the scene.
This story is less about crime fighting and more about sibling rivalry, loyalty and family. The pets are there for each other and Captain Amazing, no matter what. Santat, brings the highly energetic storyline to life with lovable characters and just enough heartstrings to bring a little depth to the shallow plot. Young superhero fans will be delighted by the easy-to-read structure and vibrant illustrations. Expect young readers to read "Sidekicks" a couple times before they begin looking for a sequel.