Reviews for Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero

Kirkus Reviews 2009 July #2
Mild-mannered bookworm by day, international troubleshooter by night! Little Eliot, with curly red hair like his mother and large round red-framed eyeglasses, is a model child. Quiet and obedient, he reads nearly all day and regularly feeds his pet goldfish. But at night, when all are sleeping, Eliot dons his superhero garb (green cape and boots and briefs featuring a gold "E") and flies all over the world solving major (and minor) problems. Among the former: He helps the Coast Guard rescue a ship from dangerous rocks, uses code-cracking skills to find the Queen's stolen jewels and launches a rocket that bursts a meteor on a collision course with Earth. He also finds time to return lost teddy bears. Cottinger's delightful fantasy is ably abetted by Smith's scruffy mixed-media illustrations, busy and bright and full of additional jokes (such as the ocean liner that sports the name "The Rubber Ducky" and a bemused mountain goat he buzzes by in the Himalayas). Walter Mitty-class drollery that should appeal to children and adults alike. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 September

PreS-Gr 2--By day, Eliot is a quiet boy who likes to read, but when the clock strikes midnight, he becomes a superhero. The youngster, who sports curly orange hair, large round glasses, and a green cape and matching boots, returns teddy bears to babies, rescues his town from rampaging lions, and stops a ship from crashing onto the rocks. Now he embarks on his "most dangerous mission ever"--saving Earth from a gigantic meteor. Eliot's adventures are fast-paced and exciting. A variety of fonts are used, making the text feel integrated into the action-packed illustrations. Done in vibrant pastel hues, the collage-style spreads match the tone of each adventure and include many details that youngsters will enjoy exploring. A worthy addition to kids-as-superheroes collections.--Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

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