Title: The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
Author/Illustrator: Michael Chabon
Publisher: Balzer and Bray (HarperCollins)
Interest level: Ages 4 to 8
Best for kids: Who love superheros, who are active
From the dust jacket: Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has a secret…Can you guess what it is? The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans.
The Review: Fantastic! I couldn’t be more pleased with this one! In this quick-witted picture book we follow Awesome Man through his outrageous super-heroic superhero super life. Everything from fighting his arch nemesis to taking some time to “chill” because, “the thing is, I’m superstrong. I have to be careful. I can’t start hitting stuff or kicking stuff or throwing stuff around, even though that’s what I want to do so badly. I might hurt somebody, or destroy a city or something.” This book made me incredibly happy. Chances are, you and your little super hero will feel the same.