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4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  6,929 Ratings  ·  429 Reviews

Captain Amazing, hero of Metro City, is so busy catching criminals that he rarely has time for his pets at home. He doesn't even notice when they develop superpowers of their own.

So when he announces that he needs a sidekick, his dog, hamster, and chameleon each decide to audition. But with each pet determined to win the
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Apr 20, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
When I was a kid I got to read comics that I had no business putting my grubby little hands on. You see my grandmother had carefully left all my dad’s old Superman, Superboy, Metal Men, X-Men, etc. comics intact so that when we went to visit I’d root through them and read ‘em until there was little left but a pile of yellowed pulp. The result of this research during my early childhood is that I’m one of the rare grown women you might meet with a working knowledge of late 50s/early 60s comic book ...more
Mary Ann
Superheroes, pets, friends loyal to the end, and illustrations with enough POW to knock your socks off - it's a winning combination for the new graphic novel Sidekicks, by Dan Santat. I predict that young kids are going to beg their parents to read this aloud to them, and older ones are going to read it again and again, relishing in the action, the exciting story, and the multi-layered details. If you have a child who loves superheroes or comic books, definitely check this out.

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Dec 25, 2013 Sarri rated it it was amazing
Aah, se tunne kun näkee ensimmäistä kertaa sarjakuvaromaanin hienon kannen ja kirjan luettuaan saa vastinetta suurille odotuksilleen. Hauska, jännittävä ja koskettava lasten/nuorten supersankarisarjakuva ilman lajityypillistä esiinpuskevaa vakavaa pönötystä (tosin kirjan ihmissupersankarit kovasti koittavat pönöttää), vaan sen sijaan koko rahan edestä hauskoja oivalluksia, täydellistä piirrosjälkeä ja koskettavia supersankarilemmikkejä. Tässä sarjakuvaromaanissa on varmaan täydellisimmät pimeäpi ...more
Angelica Garcia
May 30, 2015 Angelica Garcia rated it it was amazing
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Jun 21, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
I really liked this. A fun graphic novel with a good story, action-y, comic book-y, with a nice twist. The aging superhero who lives in a regular house was great fun (reminded me of Megamind?) and of course I enjoyed the animal aspect. Pets with an active home life and aspirations of being sidekicks.
J.C. Rice
Sep 15, 2014 J.C. Rice rated it liked it
This slowly sets the table for a series that apparently will never be written. Fun at times, but I'm never a big fan of the slow moving Super Hero backdrop stories.
Hope Santat ends up doing a sequel--the characters have some potential and he's a fine artist.
Michele Knott
Really glad to see this book added to the 2016 IL Bluestem Choice nominations. It will be an easy book to book talk!
Apr 01, 2015 Ari rated it really liked it
I thought this comic book was exciting. This book is very imaginative.
Stacy Ford
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Jun 28, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
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This is a cool story in graphic novel format about friendship among pets and their human companion, who happens to be a superhero named Captain Amazing. But life has a way of taking a toll on all of us, and Captain Amazing (Harry, to his friends)is getting older, slowing down, and in need of a helpful sidekick to bear some of the superhero responsibilities. His ambitious pets decide to audition for the spot despite his reluctance to endanger their lives. Thus, a dog, a hamster, a chameleon, and ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 25, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing
Captain Amazing is getting on in years, but still fighting crime. When he is felled by exposure to a peanut, he uses his time off to look for a side kick to help him out. His pets think that they can help-- Roscoe has been trained as Metal Mutt, Fluffy the hamster has a cool outfit, and Static Cat, who ran away from home after an altercation with Roscoe, has been out on his own as The Claw. Captain Amazing also brings home a chameleon, Shifty, and the pets all attempt to fight crime and prove th ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Joella rated it really liked it
There is a hero who works to save the day. No, he is not Superman. He is Captain Amazing. However, he works so hard saving the day that he isn't at home with his pets all that often. Also take into account his peanut allergy and the incident with a nut cart and he is home-bound for a little while. The incident with the peanuts causes Captain Amazing to wonder if he should hold tryouts for a new sidekick. All of his pets decide they would like to give the hero business a try. Of course there is a ...more
Captain Amazing (aka Harry) is taking some time off to recover from a peanut allergy induced illness. He's getting older, and realizes it is time to look for a new sidekick - and 3 of his pets want to audition for the job! But first, they need some training. Little do they know that their beloved master is in danger. The action focuses on the pets (dog, hamster, chameleon, and cat), but I loved Harry. Even though he has super powers, he's just a regular guy who gets wrapped up with work and miss ...more
Valeria Ambriz
May 14, 2015 Valeria Ambriz rated it it was amazing
I liked the book and how the cat,hamster,dog,and the camileon rescued Captain Amazing at the end of the book and how the cat wanted to be a super hero so that Captain Under pants could take him to the auditions of the Side kicks and the Cat reached his goal and he then was proud of him self the hamster riscing his life to fight the other Man who was faking to be a Captain and he wasn't he just wanted to get revenge on Captain Amazing.
Reminiscent of classic superhero comics, this graphic novel, by the creator of The Replacements, tells the story of Amazing Man's pets who decide to audition to be his sidekick. This will be a big hit with kids and adults alike.
Dec 22, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
This was really cute! It's about a superhero who is so busy fighting crime that he doesn't have time for his pets. They all go in disguise and apply to be his sidekick so they can spend more time with him. Love it!!! I hope there's going to be a sequel.
Diego Herrera
Sep 15, 2015 Diego Herrera rated it it was amazing
this book was about a little mouse and he wanted to become a super hero like his owner and the mouse asks the cat if he can teach him and the cat used to be the side kick of a super hero but he ran away and a dog he used to train took his place i reccomend this book to alejandro
Sep 03, 2011 Lorna rated it really liked it
Super hero pets? Story and illustrations by Dan Santat? You bet kids in the middle grades will love this graphic novel. I think the fact that the cover is nearly falling off my library copy is also a telling sign that it has been adored.
May 14, 2015 Mariacervantes rated it it was amazing
This book IS funny and adventures like it says they are sidekicks. They some times fight but it is funny. I recommend this book to people that like funny books.
Ryan M. Hanna
Jul 22, 2015 Ryan M. Hanna rated it liked it
I am glad I finally read this classroom favorite! Really enjoyable.
Colby Sharp
First read 8/2011 Superhero sidekick pets=Awesome
Isabella Cuevas
Jun 11, 2015 Isabella Cuevas rated it it was amazing
I loved it because i love animals.
Emmy Neal
Jun 09, 2016 Emmy Neal rated it it was amazing
This was adorable and amazing in so many ways. Basically, THE INCREDIBLES (my favorite movie) but with pets.
M Grant
An endearing story about superheroes... Villains... Family... Pets... And more.
I enjoyed the art and the story.
Am going to be reading this one to the girls at bedtime this week,
Oct 18, 2014 Steph rated it really liked it
Kids will eat this graphic novel up! Such vivid colors and characters. :-)
Galilea Estrada
Mar 25, 2015 Galilea Estrada rated it it was amazing
I really like this book because its about superheros that want to saved persons life, and the city there living on there are animals superheros that was funny. And its a really good comic book.
Aug 07, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a cute story about a superhero's pets learning to become sidekicks, use their brains and not just brawns to fight crime, and be a family. Well-done, and great for kids.
May 07, 2013 Olivia rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. I thought it was funny and I loved the drawings. The detail was amazing.
Absolutely fantastic. A huge hit with my entire household.
Miss Ryoko
Actual rating: 3.5

I gush about Dan Santat all the time on Goodreads, so I feel like I should keep the gushing to a minimum, but I can't. I LOVE Dan's illustrations and will often read books just because he's illustrated them. But Dan is also a good storyteller, so I was excited to see he had a graphic novel. I wasn't disappointed! His illustrations were great, and the story was rather cute. I hope Dan explores this medium more, simply because it gives me pages and pages of his wonderful artwork
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