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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Exciting look at the fun (and fatigue) of being a superhero.

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Fun for parents too!

This was such a pleasant surprise! It is fun and funny and well written. I enjoy reading it as much as my 4 year old! Fun fact...the author is a best-selling adult fiction author too :)

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This book is awesome, like Awesome Man. It's fun, exciting, and readers can readily identify with all of the adventures of this superhero -- before they find out his secret identity. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon does a fantastic job of capturing the creative and open qualities of imaginative play. What makes the story even awesome-r is that Chabon doesn't forget the trials of being a superhero -- running out of energy (needing a snack), staving off trashing a city in anger (temper tantrum), and needing a big hug from a superhero's biggest ally, his mom.

The dazzling illustrations by Jake Parker are bright and engaging. They are almost begging to be used as room decorations for superhero fans. The astonishing secret isn't so astonishing, but Chabon's connection to the life of a child is pretty close.

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