Sound Off! #1 (Daniel Boom aka Loud Boy)

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9780448446981: Sound Off! #1 (Daniel Boom aka Loud Boy)

Being the new kid in town with no volume control on his voice, Daniel Boom discovers an even bigger problem: the evil Kid-Rid Corporation has silenced the entire world with their terrible Soundsucker LX machine! Daniel taps into his inner superhero to become Loud Boy, along with his new pals who have bad habits (aka superpowers) of their own. The unlikely heroes are able to turn the tables on the villains, restoring peace and un-quiet to the world once more! But is it the end of Kid-Rid?

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About the Author:

D. J. Steinberg is an animation producer who has worked on classic animated films such as The Land Before Time, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Brian Smith is an illustrator who has previously worked at Marvel Comics and Nickelodeon. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Grade 3–5—As an infant, Daniel Boom is incapable of being quiet. He grows older and works hard to not be injudiciously noisy—to use his "inside voice"—but he just can't help being loud. Then he is warned by his eccentric uncle that this may be just what the evil society Kid-Rid wants, as it tries to silence all children around the globe. Taking action, Daniel, his sister, and three other kids battle against the adults who try to squash their exuberant youthful tendencies. The basic message is simple: talking a lot, forgetting to be quiet, fidgeting, and other things that make parents shush you are held up as normal and even ideal by being elevated to the level of superpowers. Each page has a goodly amount of detail crammed into the colorful art, with Easter eggs, jokes, and clues throughout. The book has plenty of gags for anyone reading closely, and the persistently cheesy jokes and constant action will charm youngsters. It's a pity the denouement is so limp after the frenetic climax, doing little more than encouraging readers to buy the next book, but that will certainly not dampen the appetite of most kids who pick up this volume.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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