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Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  368 ratings  ·  78 reviews
From Michael Buckley, the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, and Dan Santat, author-illustrator of Sidekicks, comes this hilarious picture book starring Kel Gilligan (a.k.a. “The Boy Without Fear”) that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary. Narrated by Kel himself as he a ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
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There are some picture books created to commiserate with the parents, a post-baby shower gift for those toddler years, like Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. I haven’t read it as it was after my time and frankly I wasn’t interested. In Mansbach’s case he is looking only to commiserate with parents on the subject of bedtime frustrations. Laughter being cathartic and all. But some books can empathize and provide catharsis while still encouraging you to read it to your kids. Kel Gilligan is on ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I laughed out loud reading this one. Parents and kids will like it. And I love Dan's illustrations.
Alethea A
LMAO. That is all!!!!
Kel is a daredevil, willing to take on enormous challenges and risk his own safety! He took on the challenge of eating broccoli and survived without a scratch. He had the courage to face down “The Potty of Doom” though it did take longer than he expected. He even managed to get dressed by himself without a net. He has tested his underwater skills by taking a bath with only one assistant. And has even survived his mother being on the phone without interrupting, though it was close. When Kel faces ...more
It would take a cold-hearted person not to laugh at least once during this hilarious picture book that rings true to childhood experiences. Young Kel Gilligan sees himself as the star of his own reality show, performing feats of daring such as eating broccoli, facing the Potty of Dome, and getting dressed all by himself. The text is hilarious as are the Adobe Photoshop illustrations. I loved how the book's creators took everyday events and turned them into challenges to be faced with courage bef ...more
I laughed all the way through this book. Kel Gilligan's tough attitude as he faces common childhood challenges including broccoli, the Potty of Doom, a bath, and getting dressed is giggle-inducing. The way the author takes these seemingly simple activities and turns each into a stunt of giant proportions is very entertaining. I also like the way the illustrator made some of the illustrations seem as if they are being viewed through a video camera lens. There are a couple of bare bottom pictures ...more
Such bravery! Such courage! Such feats of derring do! How can one small body hold so much intrepidity? He faces incredible dangers without flinching - broccoli, potty training, bathtime... Is there nothing he can't handle? Michael Buckley has created a hero as incredible as Evil Knievel, but in a preschooler's body. Dan Santat's illustrations show a tiny powerhouse of pure gumption who conquers one frightful obstacle after another, all with the audience of his admiring and amazed family.

When you think of a match made in heaven, look no further than this title written by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Dan Santat. These two have created one hilarious book in Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show. I've laughed out loud every single time I've read it; once, twice, three and four times now.
My full review is here:
Age: Preschool+

Kel Gilligan takes on such astounding stunts as going on the potty, getting dressed, and waiting for mom to get off the phone. Big, bold graphics accompany these childhood feats. An action-packed celebration of first experiences.
Michael Buckley AND Dan Santat? You had me at the cover. This hilarious book describes Kel Gilligan's bravery in confronting daily challenges like taking a bath and getting dressed by himself.
Sep 04, 2012 Krista rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Hilarious! This book made me laugh outloud! I enjoyed the illustrations that accompanied the text. This book will be enjoyed by both kids and adults.
So amazing. You just want to examine the illustrations forever. I love Santat's work. It's recognizable but not predictable. And I love the story!
Jean Brodahl
Awesome book for young ones!
Mary Ann
Kel Gilligan is a daredevil - brave enough to attempt awe-inspiring feats like eating broccoli, facing "the Potty of Doom," and taking a bath with only ONE assistant. Santat's illustrations heighten both the drama and the humor in Buckley's story. You can tell just by the cover how much kids are going to love this.

Our kindergartners thought the Potty of Doom was hilarious. They are just the right age to remember those little potties and know just what an achievement it is to master them. As the
I like the matter of face tone set from the start. The kid's young, but you'd (and he'd) swear he's been around the block. Lived the life, as it were.

And yeah, it's great to use a daredevil tone when talking about overcoming challenges when growing up. Eating broccoli, staying quiet when Mom's on the phone, dealing with monsters under the bed -- these are accomplishments.

Is it as great as all the rave reviews say? Eh. But I don't dig toilet humor in books. And Santat just had to throw in a bare
I thought the idea for book was interesting and I can see kids finding it amusing. Unfortunately, I wasn't spellbound by the book. The illustrations were graphic and fun, but it wasn't something that capture my attention and made me want to read it over and over again. It was pretty interesting to see what feat Kel would accomplish next, but overtime, I got a little bored. The people in the sidelines pushing him to do more and gasping in wonder and amazement were a little much at times, but I th ...more
This has great pictures because the little boy is in his underwear and they talk about potties. However, the story is geared towards preschoolers so you might want to bear that in mind. Other naked books that made us laugh was The Very Dirty Cowboy and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.
Young Kel Gilligan is out to show the world that he can overcome terrifying obstacles like trying new foods, using the potty, and -horror of horrors- taking a bath. Kel Gilligan is not afraid of anything! Except, maybe, that monster under the bed... Dan Santat's illustrations capture the astonishment of Kel's family while posing Kel in dynamic superhero poses. A laugh out loud book for anyone who's had to face the obstacles of childhood, Kel Gilligan will have the whole family gearing up for the ...more
I laughed so hard at this one. I bought the book because it had a reference to potty training in it, something my library is lacking (especially for preschoolers) but the whole thing is hilarious!
Full of fun and funny, this is definitely a "boy" book, but I have no doubt my preschool daughter will be in fits of laughter when we read it. She is currently as well mastering the "daredevil" tasks from eating broccoli to sleeping in her own bed (and staying there). Part of the learning process is seeing other kids with similar experiences and I am sure reading and rereading this book will be fun and beneficial to her learning things on her own. Not very colorful but still vivid and vibrant il ...more
Michael Buckley’s picture book debut did not disappoint. Teaming up with the phenomenally talented illustrator Dan Santat, they created a fantastically fun read-aloud for all ages.

Ken Gilligan is a fearless young stunt devil! Watch him perform such death defying feats as eating revolting broccoli! Using the potty! Resisting the urge to interrupt his mother’s phone conversation! Along with many other equally shocking stunts.

Kids will love it and want to read it again and again. This is a perfec
Niki (Daydream Reader)
The students were laughing so loud at this book....and in between the laughter I managed to sneak in a lesson about making predictions, background knowledge and inferences. ;) We made predictions about what stunt Kel Gilligan would perform next based on the clues the author gave us about the character and his age. All hands went up to read the book next after I was finished reading it aloud. :) I am also so excited about my shirt from Mr. Schu!!! And a huge thank you to Michael Buckley....I was ...more
Mary Westbrook
My almost 3-year-old and I both love this book. Funny, with colorful, detailed illustrations that we talk about all the time.
Barb Simpson
Absolutely adorable & hysterical! My 4 year old Daredevil loved this one. He can certainly relate!
Funny story that kids will like- and I love Dan Santat's illustrations.
Kel Gilligan daringly, shockingly, amazingly tackles what many kids might find impossible: eating broccoli, using the potty, taking a bath, not interrupting his mother on the phone, and almost manages getting to bed as well. Astonishing! The illustrations in this book were made with "Adobe Photoshop and with 100% fearlessness." Dan Santat's slightly squared off illustrations are expressive with lots of boy appeal. There are fun little details like crayon scribbles on the walls of the family's ho ...more
Julia Marsen dyer
Very funny picture book about a can do mini daredevil
Kids love it :)
(I think parents might love it more...)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Kel Gilligan's stunts are those which challenge so many kids in their everyday life: eating broccoli, etc.

Michael Buckley's brilliant appeal with older readers in his Nerds and Sisters Grimm series is wildly present in his picture book debut for younger readers.

Dan Santat's always vibrant illustrations are delightful in that joyful way that just bubbles up from your center.

This first foray by Buckley and Santat into picture books is a resounding success. I hope t
My four-year-old son loves this book. I initially found it in a library, pulling it off the shelf at random the very day we'd been discussing stunt men and women. We read it at the library and Gavin laughed and laughed. This book totally cracked him up. Later that day we went to a bookstore (The Book Table in Chicago, actually. I highly recommend it) and bought it. We've read it so many times that he basically has it memorized. And we never get tired of saying, "The potty of DOOM!" Cracks both o ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley was born in Akron, Ohio. He tried his hand as a stand-up comic and lead singer for a punk rock back before attending Ohio University. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to be an intern on the Late Show with David Letterman which led to stints developing programming for Discovery Networks, MTV, MTV Animation and Klasky Csupo (pro ...more
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