Written & Illustrated by Dan Santat

Look up in the sky! It's a BOLD new graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS!

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 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 whiz kid Dan Santat.

Reviews and Awards

A 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2014 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award

“Santat brings the world of superhero pets to life in this charming story…. Santat's lively, colorful illustrations convey the action and humor that infuse the tale. The book functions both as a parable of sibling rivalry and overworked parents stretched too thin, and as a rollicking adventure tale.” - Publishers Weekly

“The lovable menagerie of crime-fighting pets offers lots of laughs and a boisterous and exuberant storyline; Santat’s illustrations are clear, engaging and neatly stacked into easy-to-read panels. While there is no mention of a sequel, subsequent volumes would certainly fly off the shelf faster than a speeding bullet, so here's hoping. A vibrant volume sure to zoom, pow and swoosh its way into the hands (and hearts) of young superhero fans. Extremely entertaining.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Santat, who has previously illustrated picture books and chapter books, breaks welcome new ground here with what should be a popular graphic novel, thanks to the genre mash-up (animals and superheroes) and the appealing, cartoonish artwork with bold geometric shapes and bright primary colors. Young readers, moreover, may relate to the pets that simply yearn to spend more quality time with their overextended, workaholic owner.” - Horn Book

“The story has a strong narrative continuity with a number of small details returning with dramatic importance later on, and each character has a particular arc of exploration and discovery. Full of inoffensive broad comedy, and providing a number of characters to relate to, Sidekicks is perfectly enjoyable…. [T]his story has the tightness and pacing of a cartoon feature.” - School Library Journal

“There’s a pleasingly understated parallel to human relationship in the sibling-like dynamics between the pets, and most youngsters will readily identify with one of the four creatures, be it the overburdened older brother in Roscoe or the underestimated little guy in Fluffy. Lively, insightful, and just plain fun, this convergence of capes and creatures will find a wide audience in animal lovers and superhero fans alike.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Purchase Options
Indiebound Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Summer 2011
Graphic Novel
ISBN: 978-0-439-29811-7 / 978-0-439-29819-3
Price: $24.99/$27.99 / $12.99/$14.99
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 224
Foreign Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Translation Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Rights Available? yes

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