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The comic book kid
Osterweil, Adam, 1972-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, [2001]

Physical Description:
151 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
When they are given an unusual comic book that allows them to travel in time, twelve-year-old Brian hopes that he and his friend will be able to replace his father's valuable Superman comic that Brian had ruined years before.
Reading Level:
740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 3.0 53432.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.4 7 Quiz: 31733 Guided reading level: Q.
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FICTION Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Brian is convinced that his cheerful, joking father is still angry at him for accidentally destroying his valuable Superman #1 comic book from 1939. Like his father, Brian collects comics. So he's not surprised when Mr. Somerset, the owner of the town's general store, gives him one. But he is surprised to find that the comic book is full of blank panels and that a metal ring falls out when he opens it. Brian's best friend, Paul, finds a dial on the ring. He sets it to 75 million B.C., presses a button labeled "Timequest," and the boys suddenly find themselves in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean battling a prehistoric beast! They decide to use the ring to travel back to 1939 to get another Superman #1 for Brian's father. But when a string of misadventures threatens to alter their life back at home forever, Brian realizes that the comic doesn't matter as much as getting back to his mom and dad.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Brian has always felt guilty because as a little kid he destroyed his father's valuable Superman comic book So when he and his friend Paul are presented with a magic ring that can take them back and forth in time, Brian wants to go to 1939 and get Superman #1. Naturally, things don't work out quite that easily. This book has more than a passing resemblance to Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Time Warp Trio series, but it's not as well plotted or funny. It does have one section, however, that is kid-appealingly gross. This is not an essential purchase, but it might please Trio fans waiting for the next Scieszka/Smith installment. Pen-and-ink illustrations by Craig Smith capture the whirling dervish feeling that pervades the story. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Brian and Paul, 12, are the comic-book kings of the school with a combined collection of over 5000 mint-condition superhero books. Brian is particularly aware of the potential value of comics since he once accidentally destroyed his father's valuable Superman #1. The two friends are excited when the owner of their favorite store presents them with a brand-new title, TimeQuest. They discover that all the panels are blank except for a note on the last page describing how to use the comic as a time machine. Of course, they're sure it's all a joke until Paul accidentally triggers a quick, dangerous jaunt back to dinosaur times. Brian then decides to use the device to go back to 1939 and replace his dad's lost treasure. Unfortunately, the TimeQuest technology is unreliable at best, and the boys are suddenly off on a wild time-hopping odyssey. They are attacked by prehistoric cave dwellers, trapped by futuristic aliens, and lost in the far future. To make things worse, they pick up a companion in 1939, a girl who will be Brian's grandmother. The TimeQuest book panels fill in their adventures as they try to retrieve the Superman issue, avoid changing history, and get back to their own era alive. This lighthearted science-fiction story has plenty of quick action. The dialogue is crisp and natural with an abundance of middle school humor. There's also a subtle message about responsibility and friendship.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.