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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. by Michael Chabon
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Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. He lives in California, USA, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Jake Parker is an illustrator and artist for animated films. he also draws comics of space mice, monsters and funny robots. He llves with his family in Utah, USA.

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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 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise for SUMMERLAND: "Chabon hits a high-flying home run."--Publishers Weekly
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."--New York Times Book Review
Praise for SUMMERLAND: "Packed with magic, adventure, myth, and America's favorite pastime, this book will enchant its audience.--School Library Journal
"Awesome indeed."--Kirkus Reviews
"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."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Young caped crusaders and Chabon's adult fans alike will grin at this self-consciously witty portrait."--Publishers Weekly
"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."--ALA Booklist
"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."--San Francisco Chronicle

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