Sound Off! #1

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Being the new kid in town with no volume control on his voice, Daniel Boom discovers an even bigger problem: the evil Kid-Rid Corporation has silenced the entire world with their terrible Soundsucker LX machine! Daniel taps into his inner superhero to become Loud Boy, along with his new pals who have bad habits (aka superpowers) of their own. The unlikely heroes are able to turn the tables on the villains, restoring peace and un-quiet to the world once more! But is it the end of...

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Overview

Being the new kid in town with no volume control on his voice, Daniel Boom discovers an even bigger problem: the evil Kid-Rid Corporation has silenced the entire world with their terrible Soundsucker LX machine! Daniel taps into his inner superhero to become Loud Boy, along with his new pals who have bad habits (aka superpowers) of their own. The unlikely heroes are able to turn the tables on the villains, restoring peace and un-quiet to the world once more! But is it the end of Kid-Rid?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

As an infant, Daniel Boom is incapable of being quiet. He grows older and works hard to not be injudiciously noisy-to use his "inside voice"-but he just can't help being loud. Then he is warned by his eccentric uncle that this may be just what the evil society Kid-Rid wants, as it tries to silence all children around the globe. Taking action, Daniel, his sister, and three other kids battle against the adults who try to squash their exuberant youthful tendencies. The basic message is simple: talking a lot, forgetting to be quiet, fidgeting, and other things that make parents shush you are held up as normal and even ideal by being elevated to the level of superpowers. Each page has a goodly amount of detail crammed into the colorful art, with Easter eggs, jokes, and clues throughout. The book has plenty of gags for anyone reading closely, and the persistently cheesy jokes and constant action will charm youngsters. It's a pity the denouement is so limp after the frenetic climax, doing little more than encouraging readers to buy the next book, but that will certainly not dampen the appetite of most kids who pick up this volume.-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Kirkus Reviews
In this nearly all-dialogue series-opener, a quintet of young superheroes with unusually kidlike powers squares off against a noise-hating mad scientist. Despite continual efforts to keep it down, Daniel is cursed with such loud pipes that no window or water glass is safe in his presence. This earns him a quick detention in his new school, where he meets three fellow fifth-graders with their own exaggerated abilities to annoy: Rex Rodriguez instantly breaks anything he touches; Violet Fitz can produce world-class tantrums; and Sid Down raises hyperactivity to high art. As it turns out, all four were test subjects as newborns, exposed to a defective "Behavio-Ray" that was supposed to make them permanently docile but had the opposite effect. Now the ray's developer, Otis "Old Fogey" Fogelman, is back with an improved product, and plans to try it out on the entire planet-starting with his first batch of failures. Joined by Daniel's babbling little sister Jeannie S. (who lives up to her name), the young folk do brisk battle in brightly colored, easy-to-"read" cartoon frames, win a victory and by the end have not only cool new names like "Tantrum Girl" and "Destructo Kid," but even a clubhouse. Stay tuned for further world-saving. (Graphic fiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448446981
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/13/2008
  • Series: Adventures of Daniel Boom, Loud Boy Series , #1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 335,352
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

D. J. Steinberg is an animation producer who has worked on classic animated films such as The Land Before Time, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Brian Smith is an illustrator who has previously worked at Marvel Comics and Nickelodeon. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    Newer story for a new generation - worth checking out...

    Being a graphic novel, reading this is much different than a book. It had some parts that were offbeat and inconsistent, but fun for younger kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    Recommend

    The book of the first Daniel Boom was scary so I threw it out but it was a great book and the really scary part was when Isaw this picture of the bad guy and that really creeped me out. Jake age 8.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    A Happy Mom!

    This book is a great book! My son who has difficulty reading, read the whole book in one night. The book held his interest and built his confidence in reading. It's a keeper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    A reviewer

    Great for comic book fans who are looking for wholesome new material for their children. My kids were enjoying Loud Boy with all of their friends.I hope that there will be more from D.J. Steinberg in the near future.

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