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The Adventures of Beanboy
Contributor(s): Harkrader, Lisa

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ISBN: 0547550782     ISBN-13: 9780547550787
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2012

Annotation: Aspiring comic-book artist Tucker MacBean enters a drawing contest hosted by his favorite artist, an endeavor that prompts his creation of a super-hero sidekick, Beanboy, who harnesses the power of the bean to double his size overnight and fight evil. 20,000 first printing.

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Library of Congress Subjects:
Family problems; Fiction.
Comic books, strips, etc.; Fiction.
Contests; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Marriage & Divorce
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2011012161
Lexile Measure: 670
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Adventures of Beanboy
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.75 lbs) 234 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 148911
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q58744
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 9.0
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Contributor Bio(s): iv>
Lisa Harkrader's debut novel, AIRBALL: My Life in Briefs (Roaring Brook), described by SLJ as "a quirky combination of The Mighty ducks meets Captain Underpants," has been on state award lists in Kansas, Texas, Washington state, Florida, Maine and was a Bank Street College Best book of the year, a Texas Lonestar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and New York Public Library Best book for the teen Age. She makes her home with her family on a farm in Kansas.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Tucker, a quiet kid who likes to fly under the radar, decides to enter a comic book contest in hopes of winning a reward to help his struggling mother make ends meet. Tucker's creation of his superhero (Beanboy) intertwines with his own confrontations with the school bully. Sketches and comic book excerpts appear intermittently in this entertaining and inspiring story.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 January #1)

Good-naturedly sardonic Tucker MacBean is a collector and aspiring creator of comic books, a preoccupation that he realizes doesn't rank high "on the sliding scale of middle-school coolness." He enters a contest to create a sidekick for his favorite superhero, convinced that a win will jump-start his popularity; he plans to give the prize—a college scholarship—to his overextended single mother, who's juggling classes and work. Tucker joins the art club to prepare his entry, and Sam (a classmate who Tucker sees as "arch nemesis to the world") is hired to babysit his special-needs brother after school. As Beanboy, Tucker's invented sidekick, takes shape (Harkrader also contributes sketches and comics-style panel art throughout), Tucker displays his own heroism when he reaches out to Sam after discovering why she is so belligerent and defensive. Tucker's rapport with his brother, concern for his mother, and frustration with his absent father (who now "only existed in e-mails") add emotional depth to Harkrader's (Airball: My Life in Briefs) believable portrait of school and family life. Ages 9–12. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 February)

Gr 4–7—Comic-book dweeb Tucker MacBean fervently waits each month for the latest issue of his beloved superhero comic, H2O. When the publishers announce a contest to design the protagonist's sidekick, the seventh grader sees it as the solution to his problems. The prize is a full college scholarship, which he hopes to win for his mother so that she can quit her job to focus on school and her boys—Tucker and his brother with special needs, Beecher. Standing in his way is his arch nemesis, combat-boot-wearing, death-glaring Sam (Samantha) Zawicki and the rules for the contest, which state that the prize cannot be transferred. Tucker's superhero has the ultimate weapon—stun gas from emitted flatulence—but the boy struggles to uncover within himself the fearless heart of a hero to serve as the model for the key element of his superhero. Harkrader has created superb characters in a story that interweaves Tucker's developing Beanboy comic and other illustrations, such as sticky-note communications between him and his mother. Fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) or Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) books will embrace Tucker and his winsome, quirky friends and schoolmates.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

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