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*The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 1: The Hero Revealed* by William Boniface, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin - tweens/young readers book review

 
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 1: The Hero Revealed
by William Boniface, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
Ages 9-12 304 pages HarperCollins May 2006 Hardcover    

With classic comic book appeal, The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy zooms in for a direct hit with young readers. The author has mixed together a super combination of humor, heroes, and a heartwarming lesson in life.

Ordinary Boy stands out in his hometown of Superopolis simply because he canít fly. He also doesnít have any superpowers and prefers a T-shirt and jeans to a cape. However, all of these oddities donít stop O Boy from battling the bad guys. When Professor Brain-Drain hatchea a diabolical plot involving collector cards, this normal kid and his junior superhero pals pitch in for a knockout punch. Along the way, they face fear while hanging onto truth and justice.

Every young reader will want to move to Superopolis (hey, I even want to!). It sounds like fun to hang out with such notables as Big Bouncer, Thermo, and Plasma Girl. Every time a superhero is mentioned in the story, an appropriate page from the Liíl Heroís Handbook explains the person, their power, and their potential for good or evil. Stephen Gilpinís illustrations put the faces on these characters with a good dose of facetiousness.

The plot has a touch of cynicism that adults will spot even without X-ray vision, but the story is definitely busy enough for the younger crowd to turn the pages with lightning speed. O Boyís friends would make great action figures - except Stench of course, but he really has no control over that strange odor. The timeless clash between good and evil enters a new arena with some absolutely amazing heroes.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy soars on a jet stream of pure fun.
   


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