Dinos Are Forever

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Jo Schmo comes from a long line of crime fighters, but she's just a normal fourth grade girl into boys and skateboards—until her retired superhero uncle's cape arrives on her San Francisco doorstep. Time to join the family business! Gramps shows Jo the tricks of the trade, and her dog, Raymond, becomes her slobbery sidekick. Just in time, too. Can Jo stop Dr. Dastardly and his deadly gang of dead dinos?

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Overview

Jo Schmo comes from a long line of crime fighters, but she's just a normal fourth grade girl into boys and skateboards—until her retired superhero uncle's cape arrives on her San Francisco doorstep. Time to join the family business! Gramps shows Jo the tricks of the trade, and her dog, Raymond, becomes her slobbery sidekick. Just in time, too. Can Jo stop Dr. Dastardly and his deadly gang of dead dinos?

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Jo Schmo is one unlikely caped crusader. When this petite fourth-grader receives the call to become the new generation of her family's crime fighting dynasty, her main interests are boys, boys, skateboards, and, well, that's about it. This fledgling superhero begins her internship by cutting her cape in half, thus endowing Raymond, her faithful canine, with special powers, too. This new series starter by Melvin Beederman, Superhero creator Greg Trine features its share of crazy characters including a mad scientist, revived dinosaurs, and a trio of schoolyard crushes. Think Captain Underpants for girls.

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PRAISE FOR THE ADVENTURES OF JO SCHMO SERIES
 
"Lighter-than-air superhero fun."—Kirkus
 
"Trine’s offbeat brand of humor and Dormer’s angular, childlike illustrations . . . hit the mark."—Publishers Weekly
 
"There’s plenty of goofy middle-grade appeal here for both boys and girls."—Bulletin
Publishers Weekly
Trine (the Melvin Beederman, Superhero books) introduces a new caped crusader in the launch of the Adventures of Jo Schmo chapter-book series. When fourth-grader Jo receives a cape in the mail from her superhero uncle, she accepts the challenge to follow in his footsteps. The cape (cut in half to share with Jo’s dog, Raymond) gives both Jo and her canine sidekick newfound powers (his mainly involve overactive drooling). Trine invokes many superhero conventions throughout: mad scientist Dr. Dastardly has an evil “Mwah-ha-ha” laugh, and, like Batman, Jo gets a sweet ride (her Schmomobile is a turbocharged version of her skateboard). She even has a Kryptonite-like vulnerability—her three schoolmate crushes: “This was a distraction she didn’t need. Bank robbers were committing crimes and needed to be caught.” (It’s not math class, but Trine might have reached for a less stereotypical weakness.) Jo’s successes come too easily for the narrative to develop any real tension, but Trine’s offbeat brand of humor (Dr. Dastardly’s master plan involves reanimating dinosaur skeletons) and Dormer’s angular, childlike illustrations generally hit the mark. Ages 6–9. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)
Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Boys can be distracting, especially ones with seventeen adorable freckles or perfect hair, but when Jo Schmo receives a mysterious package, her attention is piqued. In it she discovers a really long superhero's cape, and decides to become a crime fighter. Fortunately, her Grandpa Joe—with an "e"—helps her find evildoers, even teaching Jo a few fight-moves in the process. Not one to miss out on the fun, her drooling dog, Raymond, dons the trimmed portion of her cape to become Jo's sidekick. Riding her Schmomobile, which goes from zero-to-sixty in 4.3 seconds, Jo must stop the evil Dr. Dastardly from resuscitating all of the museum's dinosaurs. Trine's laugh-out-loud story is one any reader would enjoy, but it is perfectly tailored for young chapter book readers. The female protagonist may more likely appeal to girls, but the abundance of silly antics will capture boys' attention. Short chapters and goofy art help maintain interest while pushing readers onward at a jovial pace. Trine succeeds with his light-hearted, silly writing style. This entertaining story is well recommended. In the end, clever thinking and a lot of dog drool help Jo Schmo save the day. Perhaps now she can go back to staring at her classmate's freckles. Reviewer: Remy Dou
Kirkus Reviews
The wacky origin story of a fourth-grade girl superhero from the author of the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series. Jo Schmo's normal life of skateboards and crushes is cast aside with the arrival of a mysterious package from her Uncle George (who is actually her mother's second cousin, once removed on account of being stinky). Ready to retire from his life as a superhero, Uncle George bequeaths his cape to Jo so that she may take up the calling. But she's a little girl, and the cape is too long--the piece Grandpa Joe cuts off makes a perfect cape for her loyal dog and now sidekick, Raymond. The cape gives the duo superpowers--strength for Jo and heroic amounts of drool for Raymond. Luckily, Jo has a capable mentor in Grandpa Joe, a retired sheriff. But soon they must face the mad scientist, super-villain Dr. Dastardly, and his latest invention for evil: the Re-animator Laminator. The zany writing wavers between slapstick and tongue-in-cheek. The edge is taking off the fighting part of crime-fighting through silly attack names like "Russian Toe Hold" and "Siberian Ear Tweak." Dormer's movement-oriented illustrations complement the fast pace of the story and suit the comical tone, as well. Lighter-than-air superhero fun. (Adventure. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544003255
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Adventures of Jo Schmo Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 980,579
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Trine has never been a superhero, but he loves writing about them in his series The Adventures of Jo Schmo. Greg lives in southern California with his family. He is also the author of the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series. Visit his website at www.gregtrine.com.

Frank W. Dormer is the author/illustrator of Socksquatch and The Obstinate Pen, and the illustrator of the acclaimed Aggie and Ben series and the superhero series The Adventures of Jo Schmo. Frank is an elementary school art teacher lives with his family in Connecticut. Visit his website at www.frankwdormer.com

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