The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
by Michael Chabon; illustrated by Jake Parker
HarperCollins Publishers, $17.99
What it's about: Awesome Man, a totally rad superhero, shows the reader his world of crime fighting in this whimsical tale. He wears a spandex outfit, flies, battles killer robots, uses expressions like "Check this out," and generally has a lot of fun. In his biggest adventure, he manages to "Power Grip" Flaming Eyeball, the Red Shark and Sister Sinister. In the end, he reveals his shockingly cute secret identity.
Why read it: This book is perfect for superhero-lovers of all ages. The self-proclaimed Awesome Man is, indeed, awesome. His rollicking escapades and family-friendly demeanor are exhilarating and endearing. The illustrations are punchy and the style is similar to that of comic books. This book is a must-buy for little boys with a thirst for supernatural powers.
-- Hadley Newton, Special to the Star-Telegram