by Dan Santat


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Look up in the sky! It's a graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS from CALDECOTT MEDALIST DAN SANTAT!

Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK!

Captain Amazing's four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot - and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want - a super family.

A BOLD and BRILLIANT graphic novel romp by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439298193
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 190,694
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Please visit his website at

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Sidekicks 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Captain Amazing's been in the superhero business for awhile, and he's getting tired. He'd love a sidekick, if only to spend more time with his super-talented pets, but is having a hard time finding someone qualified. However, his pet hamster Fluffy thinks he's perfect for the sidekick job - if only he can find someone to train him in time for auditions!Fun and charming, this story of a superhero's pets who have the hearts of superheroes should entertain elementary-age boys and girls. I found the illustrations adorable!Recommended.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I originally saw this book listed on the Amazon Vine program, I ended up not being able to get it through there...but still really wanted to read it. Then I saw it at the library last weekend and decided to borrow it. This was a fun super hero comic that even younger kids can enjoy. This book is about Captain Amazing and his faithful pets. Captain Amazing is looking for a new sidekick and all of his pets (a gerbil, a dog, and a lizard) want to be the one to be picked. Each of them has a special superpower and they try to enlist the help of Captain Amazing's former sidekick (a cat with some anger issues) in getting all ready and trained for the sidekick tryouts.The illustrations through this graphic novel are excellent. They are well done and, for the most part, pretty easy to follow. They are in full color and beautiful.The story is great and easy to understand on multiple levels. Beyond the superhero training and the funny parts where the pets are doing crazy superhero things, there are some great messages. The story addresses loyalty, teamwork, forgiveness, and the value of thinking before you act. The story moves quickly and is very entertaining. There is a bit of cartoon violence but it should be appropriate for kids of most ages, even young kids. My son is four years old and he was entraced by the story because it had a superhero cat, dog, and hamster!The only thing I noticed that could have been done better are a couple of parts where the drawing and story get a little confusing. I had to look back and forth a few times to figure out what was going on and my son didn't get it at all until I explained it to him.Overall this is a great graphic novel. It is one of those few that both adults and kids can really enjoy. The pictures are in full color and very nicely done. The story is entertaining yet sends a variety of good messages as well. Definitely a must read for super hero fans, especially super hero fans of the younger age set.
shanetia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is about a superhero named Captain Amazing. After being in the superhero business for awhile, Capatain Amazing realizes that he's getting old and is in need of a sidekick. His pets (a dog, a hamster, and a chameleon) discovers that Captain Amazing will be holding auditions for a sidekick position. At the auditions the evil Dr. Havoc sets out to destroy Captain Amazing. During he conflict between Captain Amazing and Dr. Havoc, Captain Amazing loses his superhero powers. At that time, the pets saved Captain Amazing's life, defeated Dr. Havoc and proved that they are the perfect sidekicks.Personal Reaction:I really like this graphic noble. I like the fact that good conquers evil. This noble was interesting to me because it has some comical scenes. Classroom Extension:1. I would have each student respond to this statement "If your pet was a superhero what powers would he have and why".2. I would have each student draw a picture of their imagery superhero.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was very cute. It was a quick read and for once I didn't feel like it was too short. I felt like I knew the characters and there was a nice beginning, middle, and end. It even had a nice lesson about friendship, forgiveness, and working together. Good read.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When a superhero decides to get a new sidekick, his pets want in on the act. And that's not quite as bad an idea as it sounds. This graphic novel is fun, and middle school students will enjoy it. Heck, I enjoyed it, and I'm an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Sidekicks because it was a great book! It was funny, and it had a lot of action in it. This book was definitely in my top 10. I would definitely read this book again! I finished it in a day, and it made me think I could do anything. My favorite character was Roscoe, but I also liked Captain Amazing. I liked them because Roscoe is a dog and love dogs, plus he's heroic. I liked Captain Amazing because he has awesome powers. I took a reading counts on this and I rated it 5 because it only went up to 5, but if it went up to six I would put it as a six because this was a very good book. Thanks to the 2015-2016 Bluestem Challenge, I read it and I loved it. This book about superheroes and they had to beat Captain Wonderman which turned to be Captain Amazing's arch nemeses. I think my favorite part was when Captain Wonderman turned bad, and then he stole Captain Amazing’s powers. But then all the animals teamed up and was determined to save Captain Amazing. The animal’s did this because he's allergic to peanuts, so Captain Wonderman went on the ground. If you feel like reading a book that is hilarious I wouldn't get this book, but if you want a book this cool, heroic, a little funny, and has a lot of action, get this book. It is a great book and a lot of fun. *4th grade student 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite books i wish you would make another one of them.