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June 06, 2017

Big brother to the rescue

By Josh Schneider

Jimmy is minding his own business when a loud howl reaches his ears. He springs into action, racing through a secret door in the closet to his secret base, where he is transformed into Kid Amazing. The Commissioner (busy washing dishes) gives him his assignment. “Could you please see what is going on?” In a flash, Kid Amazing is on it. He knows there is only one creature who could “howl such an annoying howl”: his arch nemesis, the Blob!

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Jimmy is minding his own business when a loud howl reaches his ears. He springs into action, racing through a secret door in the closet to his secret base, where he is transformed into Kid Amazing. The Commissioner (busy washing dishes) gives him his assignment. “Could you please see what is going on?” In a flash, Kid Amazing is on it. He knows there is only one creature who could “howl such an annoying howl”: his arch nemesis, the Blob!

It’s not easy to make his way through the Blob’s terrible stink perimeter, but nothing stops Kid Amazing, not even the slime-covered floor or the frightening skull on the food-spattered bib. The Blob’s howls (delivered from her high chair) fill the entire room. But Kid Amazing somehow manages to locate the Blob’s howl neutralizer. (Three guesses as to what that is!)

Mission accomplished, Kid Amazing reports his success—and that the Blob (aka little sister) is in desperate need of a “new stink-containment unit.” But can Kid Amazing rest on his laurels? Is there more trouble in store? Kids and parents will have to turn the last page of Josh Schneider’s hilarious, inventive portrait (complete with detailed pictures of Kid Amazing’s arsenal of gadgets) of a superhero big brother to find out.

Schneider is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator of Tales for Very Picky Eaters. His first picture book, You’ll Be Sorry, was named “Book that Provides Best Ammunition to Parents Weary of Warning Their Kids About Socking their Siblings” by Publishers Weekly. They might have to come up with a new category for Kid Amazing vs. the Blob.

 

Deborah Hopkinson lives near Portland, Oregon. Her most recent book for young readers is Independence Cake.

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Kid Amazing vs. the Blob

Kid Amazing vs. the Blob

By Josh Schneider
Clarion
ISBN 9780544801257

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