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Gr 1-3-Eight-year-old Eugene's family has just moved, and he can't imagine anything worse than being the new kid in school. Fortunately for his new town, he moonlights as Captain Awesome, ready to protect Sunnyview from bad guys, homework, and his baby sister (Queen Stinkypants). School turns out to be better than expected, thanks to a superhero-loving new friend, a class pet, and a not-half-bad teacher. The real fun begins when the classroom hamster goes missing, and Captain Awesome comes to the rescue. Rambunctious antics and lively cartoon illustrations abound. The art is as vivacious and entertaining as the protagonist himself. Readers who are new to chapter books will love meeting Eugene and will look forward to more of his adventures.-Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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In this series starter, eight-year-old Eugene McGillicudy, aka self-proclaimed Captain Awesome, is new to town, and he is determined to keep everyone safe from Baron Von Booger and Dr. Spinach and to protect his secret lair from nemesis Queen Stinkypants from Planet Baby (i.e., his toddler sister). But school is off to a rocky start teacher Ms. Beasley is potentially a mind reader (how does she know his name?), and he is targeted by mean girl Meredith. On the upside, he meets a possible new sidekick named Turbo, the class hamster, and Charlie, a fellow superhero fan. But when Turbo vanishes, it's up to Captain Awesome and Charlie to find him. The peppy narrative has a comic book-like melodramatic, hyperbolic flair, which conveys both Eugene's reality (including fitting in and finding friends) and his humorous view of the world. Large, wide-spaced text, short chapters, and interspersed simple black-and-white cartoonish drawings are new-reader friendly, though occasional invented words add zing but can be unwieldy (gigantist, enormondoist). Overall, this is a fun, accessible read for comics buffs and aspiring superheroes of the everyday kind.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist