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Summary: Everyone has a nickname, and "Speedy" is our narrator on this interesting, fantastical ride he calls his life. The style of writing is very similar to the Rugrats, a show on which both writers have worked. It has a very Nickolodian-esque pace with flying donuts and evil characters in the form of teenage babysitters who try to dominate the smaller kids. This is a chapter book series for preteens.
Type of Reading: anytime reading, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 10 to 12
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Age of Child: na
Young Reader Reaction: None available from this Reviewer.
Adult Reader Reaction: Reading Sidekicks is like being trapped inside an 8-year-old boy’s dream world, only in comic book form. Superheroes live on in the Sidekicks’ world, and there is even a small moral to the story at the end. The ending made me laugh so hard I had to leave the room when my kids asked me what was wrong.
Pros: It is one way to lure the TV generation away from the tube and into a book with similar characters whose lives are as magical as the imagination of an 8-year-old child.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I highly recommend this book for its action-packed adventure and its clever writing.
Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom, PR Diva Queen, and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.
Literary Categories: Fiction - comic book, adventure, fantasy
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005
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