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by Dan Santat

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Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK!

Captain Amazing's four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot - and a chance


Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK!

Captain Amazing's four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot - and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want - a super family.

A BOLD and BRILLIANT graphic novel romp by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Middle-aged superhero Captain Amazing is looking for a new sidekick after his superpowered house pet and former cohort Static Cat runs away. His dog, Roscoe, is posing as superhero Metal Mutt in order to audition for his replacement, while his other pets—a hamster and a chameleon—train secretly with Static Cat as well. The artwork has an easily accessible style, and the characters display a distinctly identifiable design; they are rendered in such a way that makes them seem both solidly dimensional and appropriately cartoony. The story has a strong narrative continuity with a number of small details returning with dramatic importance later on, and each character has a particular arc of exploration and discovery. Full of inoffensive broad comedy, and providing a number of characters to relate to, Sidekicks is perfectly enjoyable, while still lacking the particular spark or inventiveness that would make it memorable. It should come as no surprise that Santat also created Disney's The Replacements, as this story has the tightness and pacing of a cartoon feature—-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Being the super-powered pets of Metro City's greatest superhero Captain Amazing can be a real drag—especially when the Captain is too busy fighting crime to take his dog Roscoe out for a walk or play with his hamster Fluffy. But when Captain Amazing announces he is auditioning potential sidekicks, Roscoe and Fluffy (along with newly-bought Shifty the chameleon) see a perfect opportunity to get some quality time with their owner. Sure, Captain Amazing's sworn off animal sidekicks since that unfortunate incident with Static Cat—but maybe he will just think they are regular humans in animal costumes. Too bad there is only one sidekick position open. Soon, the former friends are squabbling with each other, forming secret alliances, and getting into more than their share of trouble with the criminal element. Then Captain Amazing's arch enemy Dr. Havoc returns with a plan to render his old nemesis powerless, and the pets must put aside their differences and band together to protect their master. Kids will enjoy the artwork, which showcases cute animals in costumes similar to those of Captain America and the X-Men's Colossus. Unfortunately, the story doesn't fare as well; it quickly becomes a cliche tale of squabbling siblings keeping their family together. It's not a bad story—it just doesn't offer anything new for those who've seen their share of animal superhero tales. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
Kirkus Reviews

A veritable bonanza of capes, heroes and pets with superpowers abounds in illustrator Santat's first solo graphic novel.

Captain Amazing, the muscled hero of Metro City, is aging, and after a botched takedown of four nefarious villains, he decides he is in need of a trusty sidekick. Unbeknownst to Captain, his own pets are clamoring for the job (and for more quality time with their beloved owner). Fluffy, his hamster, has yet to discover his superpower, but this rodent has a lot of heart. Manny the cat (who has the ability to electrocute bad guys) had run away after his beloved toy Nummers went missing, but the prodigal cat returns just in time to help the Captain. Roscoe (a.k.a. Metal Mutt) has a gruff exterior but is fiercely loyal. Shifty, the newest addition to the family, is a color-changing chameleon who adds a dose of comic relief. The lovable menagerie of crime-fighting pets offers lots of laughs and a boisterous and exuberant storyline; Santat's illustrations are clear, engaging and neatly stacked into easy-to-read panels. While there is no mention of a sequel, subsequent volumes would certainly fly off the shelf faster than a speeding bullet, so here's hoping.

A vibrant volume sure to zoom, pow and swoosh its way into the hands (and hearts) of young superhero fans. Extremely entertaining. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Please visit his website at www.dantat.com.

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Sidekicks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Sidekicks because it was a great book! It was funny, and it had a lot of action in it. This book was definitely in my top 10. I would definitely read this book again! I finished it in a day, and it made me think I could do anything. My favorite character was Roscoe, but I also liked Captain Amazing. I liked them because Roscoe is a dog and love dogs, plus he's heroic. I liked Captain Amazing because he has awesome powers. I took a reading counts on this and I rated it 5 because it only went up to 5, but if it went up to six I would put it as a six because this was a very good book. Thanks to the 2015-2016 Bluestem Challenge, I read it and I loved it. This book about superheroes and they had to beat Captain Wonderman which turned to be Captain Amazing's arch nemeses. I think my favorite part was when Captain Wonderman turned bad, and then he stole Captain Amazing’s powers. But then all the animals teamed up and was determined to save Captain Amazing. The animal’s did this because he's allergic to peanuts, so Captain Wonderman went on the ground. If you feel like reading a book that is hilarious I wouldn't get this book, but if you want a book this cool, heroic, a little funny, and has a lot of action, get this book. It is a great book and a lot of fun. *4th grade student 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite books i wish you would make another one of them.