When his cast is removed from his arm, Drew discovers that he can draw and creates a comic strip that makes him the center of attention at his school, but some people are not happy with his success, and Drew must deal with these strange and new attitudes.
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Grade 3-6?Armstrong, creator of the daily comic strip JumpStart, relies on the comics-as-catharsis theme a bit too heavily here and his story bounces, rather than segues, from one chapter to the next. Twelve chapters; three (very) short comic books by the eight-year-old narrator; and a hodgepodge of black-and-white illustrations depict the adventures of Drew, his comic-book superhero, and his 12-year-old idolized brother. Drew tries to emulate Kyle's machismo by jumping off a 14-foot wall and breaks his wrist. However, he miraculously gains artistic powers as he heals, so he puts pencil to paper to create Mason Stone: Superagent, modeled after?you guessed it?his big bro. In addition to Kyle, readers meet Drew's parents, older sister, three best friends, a psycho bully, a foul-mouthed and mean-spirited science teacher, and a gurulike principal. And there are lessons galore: don't jump to conclusions; clarinets are not for sissies; guardian angels can be overprotective; use what you know when you write (or draw); respect doesn't come from hot-dogging; and PBS shows can be pretty cool. Also, Kyle gets his face ripped off performing a bike-jumping stunt. Whew! By the way, a Bub Daddy is a two-foot strip of bubble gum.?John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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When the cast is finally removed from his broken wrist, Drew discovers that he has miraculously become a talented artist, and begins a comic book loosely based on the adventures of his beloved daredevil older brother, Kyle. This enterprise earns him both money and local fame, but the attentions of two local bullies and Kyle's serious accident, which one of them may have caused, put a damper on his new life. A flimsy, unsatisfying ending won't dissuade the chapter-book set from checking out this combination novel and comic book. The story is alternately exciting and funny without feeling forced, while the humorous illustrations and comic-book pages detailing the adventures of ``Super Agent Mason Stone'' perfectly augment the text. (Fiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-002-20-8738008
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