The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

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by Michael Chabon, Jake Parker
     
 

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Awesome Man is a pretty cool superhero. Along with Moskowitz, his Awesome Dog, he can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and The Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped hero.

But Awesome Man also has a secret identity-can you guess what

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Overview

Awesome Man is a pretty cool superhero. Along with Moskowitz, his Awesome Dog, he can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and The Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped hero.

But Awesome Man also has a secret identity-can you guess what it is?

Michael Chabon, one of America′s most beloved and bestselling novelists, has written his very first picture book-a funny and surprising romp that will instantly appeal to his multitude of rabid fans and their young children.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
San Francisco Chronicle
“It’s a wonderful celebration of tough-guy fantasies and down-to-earth boyness, perfectly matched with the retro stylings of animated film artist and comic book illustrator Parker.”
ALA Booklist
“Chabon’s first-person narrative is that of a boy-zealous, goofy, and antisister-and the story reads like the play-by-play antics of an action figure in a kid’s game.”
New York Times Book Review
Praise for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY: “The depth of Chabon’s thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement.”
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews

Chabon snags his youngest audience yet with this first-person profile of a superhero who battles both bad guys and anger issues.

Awesome Man zooms about in his stylin' costume, decapitating a giant killer robot with the positronic rays that shoot out of his eyes here, schooling Professor Von Evil's Antimatter Slimebot ("Antimatter slime is extra gross") there. In between, he stops both a disaster-bound train and mutant talking Jell-O from Beyond the Stars with his Awesome Power Grip. But when arch-nemesis Flaming Eyeball gets away, Awesome Man needs a timeout (plus a snack delivered by costumed sidekick Moskowitz the Awesome Dog) to cool off before heading out again to "kick a little bad-guy behind." Awesome indeed is masked Awesome Man in Parker's melodramatic illustrations, cutting a heroic figure as he poses with granite-jawed nobility between bouts with one oversized and luridly menacing foe after another. A.M.'s secret identity remains unrevealed until his closing return to the suburban Fortress of Awesome, but sharper readers may pick it up early from several ingenious verbal and visual clues.

Rest easy, regular people; you supervillains better watch out. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062113900
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
134,136
File size:
22 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland (a novel for children), The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and Gentlemen of the Road, as well as the short story collections A Model World and Werewolves in Their Youth and the essay collections Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs. He is the chairman of the board of the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.


Jake Parker is an illustrator and an artist for animated films. He also draws comics of space mice, monsters, and funny robots. He wrote and illustrated the comic book Missile Mouse. Jake lives in Provo, Utah, with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:
May 24, 1963
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
Education:
B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.F.A., University of California at Irvine
Website:
http://www.michaelchabon.com/

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Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
anonOH More than 1 year ago
It is pricey, yet the read and play book has the kids, and myself, laughing and enjoying this together. What more can I ask?! I wonder if there will be another or if this is the only book about Awesome Man! I have a preschooler and a grade schooler - they both like the colors, the words and think it is fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is great, the animation is "super!" I love that Chabon has taken superheroes to the most ridiculous extreme. Buy it, it's worth every penny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grandma loves the messages this book provides. Six-year-old grandson just loves the story and all the interactive activities. A real winner all around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book. The read to me feature is really cool...
ariddle21 More than 1 year ago
My sons LOVE this book! It has a really cute story and also some really funny parts. Almost every page is interactive which my sons also LOVED! VERY cute superhero book! :) I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Chabon's work and it was fun to stroll through the kids section as I often do and see this! I purchased for the Nook, and it's an enjoyable (though wordy) kids book. Nothing groundbreaking, but taps into the psyche of a boy at play really well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son absolutely loves this book (AGE 2). He won't let me tuck him in at night without reading it at least once. The activities on the play feature are great as well as there is a decent variety from one activity to the next. I highly recommend this book to spend some quality time with your son or daughter, especially if they are into super heroes!
tenwordsorless More than 1 year ago
My 4 yr old grandson loves this book. So much so that he has practically memorized the story. This turned out to be a great birthday present!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my four year old son and he loves it. It is his favorite bedtime story. This book has a wonderfully positive message for children and it is quite funny. The inneraction is great. I wish the author would write follow up books for the children to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually got the book for free at this years nyc comic con but i highly remand it. Its the story about a superhero and his sidekid dog. Kids will love it mines did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just spent $12.99 for this and it will not load on my Nook Color!!! What is happenning??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to see this book. Looks AWESOME
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly awesome. It has games and read aloud for kids, it has a great story, and is cute at the end.
dato More than 1 year ago
After reading the book with my grandson, all he said was, "I didn't like the book. They said the word 'awesome' too much!" My grandson is 6 but he enjoys shared reading of Magic Tree House series. This is for a much younger audience.
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