The Astonishing Secret Of Awesome Man by Michael ChabonThe Astonishing Secret Of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon

The Astonishing Secret Of Awesome Man

byMichael Chabon

Hardcover | September 6, 2011

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Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight asan arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader.

But Awesome Man also has a secret. . . . Can you guess what it is?

The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofThe Mysteries of Pittsburgh,Wonder Boys,The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,Summerland(a novel for children),The Final Solution,The Yiddish Policemen's Union, andGentlemen of the Road, as well as the short story collectionsA Model WorldandWerewolves in Their Yo...
Title:The Astonishing Secret Of Awesome ManFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061914622

ISBN - 13:9780061914621


Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Secret is...This is a Badly Written Children's Book I kind of expected better from Chabon who is a huge comic book fan and wrote one of my favourite novels The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. This a children's book about a super hero who has a secret. The art is fine but not that engaging and the "story" is the super hero flying around, alluding to a secret, which is finally revealed without much inventiveness. Okay - true - this a picture book for children but I have read many over the years to my daughters and attended many a library story time, so I know what children like in a book. This isn't it. The secret is boring (and if you read Captain Marvel it isn't even original - heck he even reused the idea to create the Escapist, his own creation), and even excusing its lack of originality it isn't used for comic effect. Even the reveal lacks any excitement. Make it silly, make it fun, make it clever, or even make it repetitive (young children like that) but this lacks any of that. I guess, in the end, it was so blandly written I wonder why Chabon had to write it. If he is going to do a children's book why this? If it had been an unknown writer I would have still thought it was a poor children's book but I expected a lot better from him.
Date published: 2017-07-02

Editorial Reviews

Praise for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY: “The depth of Chabon’s thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement.”