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An imaginative boy fesses up to a super-sized mess in this amusing, comic bookflavored picture book by first-time author George O'Connor.
With gently intense action caught in scenes that alternate between real-time at home and the boy's imagination, O'Connor's debut follows "American Eagle," a kid dressed as a crime-fighting hero, along with his pal "Bug Lady" as they face dangers head on. Together, the two take on an escaped panther from the zoo (really the family cat) and a villain called "Rubber Bandit" (the boy's reluctant younger brother), but when the three let their horseplay get out of control and knock over the bookcase, they have to answer to Mom. Thankfully, American Eagle "looks out over the devastation...and he knows what he must do" -- take responsibility for what happened -- which saves the day and results in a colossal clean-up job.
With simple text, a punchy story line, and dynamic illustrations, Kapow! is a knockout read sure to impress young do-gooders. Any kid who's conjured dreams of fighting villains will cheer over the book's action-packed artwork, while parents will appreciate the book's heroic message. A cool companion to other superhero books like Caralyn and Mark Buehner's Superdog, and a blast for eye-catching story times. Matt Warner