The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Cover

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

By Michael Chabon; Jake Parker (Illustrator)

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, Hardcover, 9780061914621, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

Description

Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight asan arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader.

But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is?

The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans.



Praise For The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

“The depiction of a showdown between Awesome Man and his nemesis—the Flaming Eyeball—is priceless. Readers may notice that there’s a moral peeking out from Awesome Man’s cape, but they’ll still grab this story in their ‘ginormous Awesome Power Grip’ and not let go.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

“Young caped crusaders and Chabon’s adult fans alike will grin at this self-consciously witty portrait.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Awesome indeed.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a wonderful celebration of tough-guy fantasies and down-to-earth boyness, perfectly matched with the retro stylings of animated film artist and comic book illustrator Parker.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Chabon’s first-person narrative is that of a boy-zealous, goofy, and antisister-and the story reads like the play-by-play antics of an action figure in a kid’s game.”
-ALA Booklist

Praise for SUMMERLAND: “Chabon hits a high-flying home run.”
-Publishers Weekly

Praise for SUMMERLAND: “Packed with magic, adventure, myth, and America’s favorite pastime, this book will enchant its audience.
-School Library Journal

Praise for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY: “The depth of Chabon’s thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement.”
-New York Times Book Review