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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  5,339 ratings  ·  326 reviews
Look up in the sky! It's a graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS from CALDECOTT MEDALIST DAN SANTAT!

Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK!

Captain Amazing's four
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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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.

Roscoe the Dog and
Angelica Garcia
I really like this book. I would share this book with many people and a specially the people who read sister and smile. I got scared because of the part when they thought that fluffy was died and the left the building, but then that fluffy was invincible and would not die. My favorite part is when they scared the elephant and the hippo. Hope whoever read this likes it.
I thought this comic book was exciting. This book is very imaginative.
J.C. Rice
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!
Stacy Ford
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Valeria Ambriz
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.
Ms. Yingling
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
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
Galilea Estrada
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.
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
Kids will eat this graphic novel up! Such vivid colors and characters. :-)
Ryan M. Hanna
I am glad I finally read this classroom favorite! Really enjoyable.
Isabella Cuevas
I loved it because i love animals.
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.
Sidekicks is one the coolest graphic novels I've read! It's quick, concise, has a point and a good message and it's funny!

A city's superhero, Captain Amazing, is looking for a new sidekick and believe it or not, his pets want to step up to the role! His dog, hamster, chameleon and long lost cat all aim to help Captain Amazing fight crime. However many challenges arise as they attempt to become sidekicks. Can Roscoe the Dog and Manny the Cat repair their relationship? Can Fluffy the Hamster and
Teresa Scherping
Roscoe the dog and Fluffy the hamster can only watch as their owner Harry, better known as Captain Amazing, fights the bad guys on the evening news. But Captain Amazing isn't as young as he used to be, and he's decided to search for a sidekick. Roscoe is psyched to interview for the job as Metal Mutt - but Fluffy the hamster, new pet chameleon Shifty, and Captain Amazing's former cat Manny (aka Static Cat) don't want to be left behind. The four pets need to decide what matters most and whether t ...more
In this graphic novel, Captain Amazing needs a new sidekick. Even though he won’t consider using his pets, they want to be his sidekicks. Roscoe, a mean looking big dog has his sights set on helping his human super hero. Fluffy, a hamster, and Shifty, a chameleon, also don’t want to miss out on the action. Fluffy and Shifty go looking for ways to help and they meet Manny. Manny used to be Captain Amazing’s sidekick, until he was told he was too old. He left and Roscoe became the pet in the house ...more
Shannon Jacob
Santat, D. (2011). Sidekicks. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.

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This is a fun and action packed graphic novel about superhero pets. In this book Captain Amazing is getting old which makes it harder for him to stay out all night catching crooks and fighting arch villains. Captain Amazing and his pets agree that he needs a sidekick! The interesting part is the fact that each animal thinks they should be the sidekick. Students will enjoy watching the stor
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.
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.
Bruce M
This is a surprisingly good graphic novel about the super-pets of an aging super hero, who desperately want to impress their master and become his new sidekick. Sidekicks takes on a lot of super-hero comic tropes, especially those dealing with family, and juxtaposing them against the pet/master dynamic.

The art is fun and simple throughout, but it's a style that really fits the story. The book can be quite funny in parts, and somewhat serious in others. It would be a surefire hit among younger (l
Rachel Marie
SideKicks Book Review I mainly read this one for superhero "Every Child Has a Hero" summer reading theme. It fits in perfectly and is definitely something I want to use for a display or future summer book club meeting.

When Captain America declares he is too old and needs a partner/sidekick his pets decide their the perfect fit! They go up against each other in order to prepare for the ultimate try out ever.

A really fun Super Hero book. I do think it was a little long and could have easily been s
Joanne Zienty
Another of this year's Illinois Bluestem nominees that I question how it actually made the list. The story seemed to be missing certain key plot points and thus I was left scratching my head at certain turn-of-events. I did enjoy the illustrations -- particularly those of Fluffy, the hamster, one of Captain Amazing's pets that decides it would make a perfect superhero sidekick. Again, I will wait and see how my kiddos respond to this in the fall. Will it turn into next year's Amulet, Vol. 1: The ...more
Chris Hays
So I am divided here. Part of me want to review this as 'meh' and the other part really likes what I saw. The art style is flat and that is okay, because some of the angles and viewpoints express the story excellently. So the story also a double edge sword. I like the twist with the old super hero and the idea of training to be one, but the plot lacks and it is hard to feel any emotion for the characters. There are scenes that should lend to the feeling of emotional tugs, but they di ...more
I've never been one to enjoy graphic novels, they always seem too much like a thirty minute cartoon episode. I'll start off by saying this one was no different in that aspect. However, the morals and storyline stood out so I'm giving this one a four star rating for graphic novels, not for books (yes yell at me, I know people consider them to be books too, but I don't!!! They are something entirely of their own and what's wrong with that?) For sure a book kids will love and I could honestly see i ...more
I liked this book. I thought it was funny and I loved the drawings. The detail was amazing.
My nephew picked this up for a book report for 5th grade. Honestly, I thought it way too elementary for 5th grade, but seeing as I'm not a teacher, my opinion really doesn't matter. The story was cute, but there were times when I was confused by the story and the images weren't explaining it to me. Eventually it came together, but for a book that is easy to read and has illustrations to accompany the story, I don't think I should have been lost. But with that said, it was fun and cute and would ...more
Pat Salvatini
Captain Amazing is not as young as he used to be and has decided that it is time to interview for a sidekick. (Its time for some backup) Even though he isn't interested in his sidekick being one of his pets, his pets have different ideas. I absolutely loved the feeling of the glossy vibrantly colored pages, but gosh, do they make this book heavy to hold. Santat creates interesting characters, but there were a couple of times I became briefly lost in the plot. Graphic novel lovers will flock to t ...more
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