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Bucky and Stu vs. the Mikanikal Man

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  11 reviews
It’s the adventure of a lifetime when best friends—and self-proclaimed superheroes—defeat bad guys of their own invention.
It’s wonk ’em time when Bucky and Stu have to stand up to Phat Tyre, TrashMan and Hose-Nose. No matter that the bad guys are all made out of household items that Bucky and Stu have assembled themselves—these bad guys don’t stand a chance ag
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Liz Meschewski
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: k-4, picture-books
This was a fun and exciting book about two friends who like to pretend that they are superheroes and that they need to protect the town for bad guys. One day, the boys wanted to fight a real bad guy instead of just garbage cans. One of the boys shows the other his Mikanical Man, which was made out of car parts, irons, and metal. Later that night Mikanical Man comes to life and the boys have to figure out what to do with him. The genre of this book is a fictional picture book which will interest ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Two best friends, back yard fun, and a lot of great imaginative play, make for a fun read. Wright does a fabulous job at capturing the imaginative world of play through the eyes of two young boys, Bucky and Stu. Every day is an adventure as these two battle various household, and yard items. After all, someone has to protect earth from these bad guys right?

Bucky and Stu are in a for a huge surprise when they awake the next morning after a thunder storm, and find that one of their creations, The
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What a perfect book to review to coincide with the release of Captain America: Civil War! It highlights how anyone can be a superhero if they use their imagination and whatever they can find! I know that this is going to be a favorite of parents who like comic books and will be a reading ladder to super hero comic books because the next step after fighting Phat Tyre is Green Goblin! I also think that the story will really get kids’ minds reeling and get
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Young readers who enjoy pretending to be superheroes are bound to thoroughly enjoy this story. bucky and Stu have pledged to protect their town, the world, and their favorite TV show. At first fighting 'pretend' garbage bad guys is plenty of good time, but then Bucky introduces Stu to the ultimate "villain' the Mikanikal Man. When the Mikanikal Man comes to life thanks to a zap of lightning, the boys must face their toughest challenge yet. This provides a fun read for young superhero lovers. I e ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
My three-year-old son requests this book every night, and I often hear him reciting lines and character names while he plays on his own. He loves the fun "villians" and Bucky and Stu's fight'em stances, which he practices with the same diligence and precision as a yogi and his poses. As an adult, I appreciate the clever humor, the beautiful watercolor illustrations, and the nostalgia evoked by Bucky and Stu's backyard adventures of an almost bygone era of outside, imaginative play and pretend un ...more
Love the illustrations-so much action! The story was a little too complicated. Like, what is their favorite TV show? That was confusing. And they never did battle Phat Tyre-that was just kind of left behind. For me, this would have been more successful with a little condensing and focus. Still, I know lots of kids who will love this.
The Brothers
Two friends envision many an imaginary fight and how they (as superheroes) would save the day. So when one day a robot mysterious comes to life and threatens all they hold dear ~gasp!~ they band together to fight the menace.

Illustrations are good.
Heather Jo
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I didn't really want to like this, but the art was really fun. I found myself stopping longer than usual to look at it.
Edward Sullivan
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Boys battling villains invented from assorted household items. Van Wright does a great job capturing energetic young boys at play.
Brenda Kahn
A hilarious homage to freewheeling imaginative play - an endangered species nowadays.
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Cornelius Van Wright has illustrated numerous picture books, including several he co-illustrated with his wife, Ying Hwa-Hu, including Princess Grace (by Mary Hoffman), Sam and the Lucky Money (by Karen Chinn), and Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree (by William Miller). His work has appeared on Reading Rainbow and Storytime and has been exhibited with the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New ...more