Captain Awesome to the Rescue! (Captain Awesome #1)

by Stan Kirby (Author) George O'Connor (Illustrator)

Captain Awesome to the Rescue! (Captain Awesome #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Captain Awesome

Bad guys beware! Eugene McGillicudy just happens to be the most awesome superhero of all time...Captain Awesome. MI-TEE!

Now readers between the ages of five and seven can read chapter books tailor-made for a younger level of reading comprehension. Heavily illustrated with large type, Little Simon's young chapter books let young readers feel like they are reading a "grown-up" format with subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age groups!

Eight-year-old Eugene McGillicudy is an imaginative boy who loves comic books and superheroes. Eugene also has his very own supersecret superhero alter ego named Captain Awesome. MI-TEE!

When the McGillicudy family relocates to a new town called Sunnyview, Eugene starts a new school, finds a best friend, and even finds time to defend his toys from his two-year-old little sister, Molly! Luckily for Sunnyview, Captain Awesome is there to protect the town (and the universe) from a hilarious cast of comical "bad guys."

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--Eight-year-old Eugene's family has just moved, and he can't imagine anything worse than being the new kid in school. Fortunately for his new town, he moonlights as Captain Awesome, ready to protect Sunnyview from bad guys, homework, and his baby sister (Queen Stinkypants). School turns out to be better than expected, thanks to a superhero-loving new friend, a class pet, and a not-half-bad teacher. The real fun begins when the classroom hamster goes missing, and Captain Awesome comes to the rescue. Rambunctious antics and lively cartoon illustrations abound. The art is as vivacious and entertaining as the protagonist himself. Readers who are new to chapter books will love meeting Eugene and will look forward to more of his adventures.--Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI

Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Stan Kirby
Stan Kirby tied a beach towel around his neck and became Super Commander Beach Boy when he was six years old. When Stan's not creating the awesome adventures of Captain Awesome, he loves reading comic books, eating okra, and hang gliding (but not at the same time).

George O'Connor is the creator of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Olympians, in addition to serving as the illustrator of the Captain Awesome series. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Kapow!, Ker-splash, and If I Had a Triceratops. He resides in his secret Brooklyn, New York, hideout, where he uses his amazing artistic powers to strike fear in the hearts of bad guys everywhere!

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2012
Captain Awesome
Age Range
5 - 7 years
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Nominee 2014

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