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Send for a superhero!
Rosen, Michael, 1946- , author.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A father reads his children a bedtime story about two villains whose plot to steal money and cover everything in slime is unsuccessfully countered by every superhero until Extremely Boring Man comes along with the power to put everyone to sleep.
General Note:
Some pages drawn as comic panels.
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 2.3

Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 166617.
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Audubon Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Orchard Park Library J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Comic-book action meets picture-book adventure in this exciting and funny new outing from beloved author Michael Rosen and illustrator Katharine McEwen.

Tune in as a father reads his children a bedtime story about the exploits of two villains, Filth and Vacuum, and their wicked plan to suck all the money out of the banks and cover everything with muck and slime. Who is strong enough to save the world? Not Steel Man, nor Flying Through the Air Very Fast Man, nor even Incredible Big Strong Green Man. It may just be a job for clever young Brad Forty, who transforms himself into . . . Extremely Boring Man! His superpower is making people fall asleep -- but will it work on the children listening to this story?

Author Notes

Michael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet, and performer who has received many prestigious awards. His books include We're Going on a Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; Bananas in My Ears and Michael Rosen's Sad Book, both illustrated by Quentin Blake; This Is Our House and I'm Number One, both illustrated by Bob Graham; Red Ted and the Lost Things, illustrated by Joel Stewart; Tiny Little Fly, illustrated by Kevin Waldron; and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry, illustrated by Chinlun Lee. A former British Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen lives in London.

Katharine McEwen has illustrated numerous children's books, including two books about Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies, The Children Who Smelled a Rat by Allan Ahlberg, and Phyllis Root's Here Comes Tabby Cat and Hey, Tabby Cat! Katharine McEwen lives in England.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Time for Dad to read a bedtime comic to Emily and Elmer. After a few preliminaries, we jump from the bedroom into the comic's world, where we learn of two evil beings about to assault the humorously named Townton: Filth (a one-eyed goo monster) and Vacuum (a robot able to inhale anything). Thanks to the quick thinking of a kid named Brad 40, the government tries to stop Filth and Vacuum by calling up Steel Man, who, well, fails. Enter Super-Flying-through-the-Air-Very-Fast Man, who also fails. By the time Incredibly-Big-Strong-Green Man gets his drawers pulled off by Vacuum, it's clear that this is a parody of the superhero tropes of which even the youngest are aware. McEwen comes through like a champ, illustrating the action in convincing Sunday-comics style, complete with flat-looking characters, faded colors, and a background approximating newsprint. The meta element of the reading family (illustrated in a gentler, subtler style) doesn't add much but any silliness here is good silliness.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Former British Children's Laureate Rosen skewers comic-book conventions in this story-within-a-story. With siblings Emily and Elmer cozied up on either side of him, Dad reads them the very book readers are holding in their hands. McEwen's (I Love You, Little Monkey) mixed-media illustrations shift from soft, homey scenes into energetic comic-book storytelling mode as the family becomes immersed in the story of two villains-Filth, a one-eyed green blob, and Vacuum, a money-stealing vacuum cleaner-who are terrorizing the town of Townton. Lots of sounds effects ("schweee" "skloosh") and maniacal laughter ensue as three superheroes are called in to save the day. The would-be heroes-Steel Man, Super-Flying-Through-the-Air-Very-Fast Man, and Incredibly-Big-Strong-Green Man-are basically low-rent cousins to Iron Man, Superman, and the Hulk, and where they fail, a secret agent/schoolboy's suggestion succeeds. The over-the-top superhero drama and pratfall-laden clashes slyly send up familiar comic book tropes, while the mid-story interruptions and diversions involving Emily and Elmer showcase a homey family dynamic that many readers will recognize. Ages 3-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-In this story within a story, a father reads to his children at bedtime, sharing with them a tale of danger, destruction, and unexpected heroism. Emily and little Elmer listen avidly as Dad begins, "'Danger! The Terrible Two are trying to destroy the world!'" The villains, Filth and Vacuum, plan to pour muck and slime over an idyllic small town called Townton while sucking up all the money, jewels, and treasure to be had. At school, young Brad 40 receives an alert of the impending threat and contacts the mayor. The mayor calls in three strong, fast, and big superheroes who prove to be no match for the Terrible Two. At last, Brad 40 comes up with an ingenious idea to save the day: lull the bad guys to sleep with the help of Extremely Boring Man. As Dad narrates, the children interrupt him with their comments about the rising action. Like many siblings, they squabble, and Elmer delights in imitating the evil cackle of the villains. The mixed-media illustrations are eye-catching and entertaining. Precisely drawn panels filled with subtle humor detail the perils of all-too-perfect Townton in comic-book fashion, contrasting nicely with the plush, jewel-toned family bedtime scenes below. Pair this clever title with another superhero adventure, Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman's Superhero Joe and the Creature Next Door (S. & S., 2013) for an action-packed storyhour.-Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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