Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy (series) by D. J. Steinberg, illustrated by Brian Smith

This series is a fun addition to the "boy superhero" genre. Daniel Boom, due to a mysterious accident immediately after his birth, has an unusually loud voice. On his tenth birthday, he meets three other kids at his new school. They all have some mysterious traits in common and under the guidance of Daniel's eccentric Uncle Stanley set out on a career of saving the world, having transformed the abilities that constantly get them into trouble into powers they use for good.

The latest title in the series has Daniel Boom and his friends forced to function without their powers, while his little sister, Jeannie S. aka Chatterbox, tries to discover the origin of her own powers.

These graphic novels are amusing and should have a wide and enthusiastic audience. Adults may be less enthusiastic about their obvious "kids vs. adults" theme and the portrayal of what most adults probably consider irritating faults - yelling, fidgeting, destroying things, temper tantrums, and never shutting up - as superhero abilities, but it's all tongue-in-cheek humor and might give kids dealing with these issues a welcome relaxation and chance to giggle at their problems. The art is fresh and clear with a feeling of animation that will draw in cartoon fans and clear, readable text.

Verdict: Fans of The Lunch Lady, Sava's Hyperactive, and Melvin Beederman will enjoy these comics. Hand these also to reluctant readers who enjoy action cartoons and animation.

Adventures of Daniel Boom Loud Boy: Sound Off!
ISBN: 978-0448446981; Published March 2008 by Grosset and Dunlap; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library

Adventures of Daniel Boom Loud Boy: Grow up!
ISBN: 978-0448447018; Published April 2010 by Grosset and Dunlap; Review copy provided by publisher; Purchased for the library

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