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Author: Dan Danko and Tom Mason

Illustrator: Dan Danko and Tom Mason

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: paperback

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: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 10 to 12

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Reading Level: 4.5

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.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I highly recommend this book for its action-packed adventure and its clever writing.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JEROME AND THE WITCHCRAFT KIDS   3 DOORS: CHOOSE WISELY   RICH DAD'S ESCAPE FROM THE RAT RACE; How to Become a Rich Kid by Following Rich Dad's Advice

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 - graphic novel, coming of age, adventure, fantasy, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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