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4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,261 Ratings  ·  387 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!

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Apr 20, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2015 Angelica Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 21, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 15, 2015 Ari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jun 28, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Valeria Ambriz
May 20, 2015 Valeria Ambriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2016 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this five stars because my (just turned nine and has been a reluctant reader until the last few months) son read the whole thing in one sitting, reread it, on his third reading asked if he could keep reading while he ate lunch, and is now reading it again. He also asked if we can get a copy for his own since this has to go back to the library.
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
Mar 25, 2015 Galilea Estrada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emmy Neal
Jun 09, 2016 Emmy Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Kids will eat this graphic novel up! Such vivid colors and characters. :-)
Ryan M. Hanna
Jul 22, 2015 Ryan M. Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad I finally read this classroom favorite! Really enjoyable.
Isabella Cuevas
Jun 11, 2015 Isabella Cuevas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it because i love animals.
Chad Adams
The crazy thing is I've never been big on these types of books but with this one I really did enjoy the book. Ive always been a fan of the whole super hero movie type of thing. The story of the sidekicks was a great story over all. It was about a superhero who was getting to old to fight crime so his pets started to fight it for him. The thing about this book is that it was a bunch of pages but it was an easy read that was very entertaining at the same time.

The text along with the pictures compl
Bridget Allebach
Title: Sidekicks
Author: Dan Santat
Genre: Graphic Novel
Theme(s): Cooperation, Teamwork, Superheroes, Heroism, Pets
Opening line/sentence: “Captain Amazing, hero of Metro City, is so busy catching criminals that he rarely has time for his pets at home.”
Brief Book Summary: As Captain Amazing gets older he realizes he must find a replacement for himself to train. Naturally, his pets are the first to come to mind including his dog, chameleon, cat, and even hamster. With this training in session as his
Sidekicks is a graphic novel about an aging superhero, Captain Amazing, who’s feeling the endless creep of years sneaking up on him. He decides it’s time to get a sidekick, and that’s when we learn that his pets, the real protagonists of the story, have been yearning to team up with him forever. There’s an indestructible dog, a static-energy cat, and a hamster with no appreciable superpowers. And an iguana. A few thoughts:

- This comic has a really positive message — it encourages us to think abo
May 30, 2015 Mariacervantes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 22, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kylee Shaffer
Sidekicks, by Dan Santat is a story about a superhero, Captain Amazing, who is getting too old to perform his job alone. He decides to hold auditions for a sidekick position. All of his pets wish to become his sidekick because he hasn’t been paying much attention to them, and they all fight each other for the position. When Captain Amazing’s villain escapes, Captain Amazing and his pets fight together to save the day. The illustrations in this book are definitely my favorite part of the story. D ...more
Shannon Jacob
Dec 05, 2014 Shannon Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Diego Herrera
Apr 27, 2016 Diego Herrera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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