The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, written by Michael Chabon and illustrated by Jake Parker, is nominated for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

This book will appeal to the superhero fan in all readers, especially young boys. As Awesome Man uses his super grip and positronic eyeball rays to fight evil, readers will be wondering what his astonishing secret is. Awesome Man himself kind of shows readers his secret identity, but many readers will not expect the truth when it is revealed.

The illustrations in this book are wonderful, and I think they could serve to introduce the youngest readers to the wonder of comic books and graphic novels. I also enjoy how the author throws some physics terms into the narrative. This allows older science nerds (like me) to enjoy this story on an entirely different level.

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