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Adventures of Jo Schmo #01: Dinos Are Foreverby Greg Trine
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Brave enough to walk to the bus stop alone. Strong enough to lift--and pour--her own bowl of cereal. Able to read a story aloud all by herself. Who couldand#160;this maskedand#160;girland#160;be?
This energetic and playful story followsand#160;hero through a typical day of accomplishingand#160;ordinary feats for her family in an extraordinary way. And by the end you'll find out why she's such a super helper to her mother and how she earned her name. This fresh take on a new sibling story is sure to empower young readers, as it reminds them of all the super things they can do by themselves, and makes it possible for anyand#160;child to become a super-helper.
"Trine (the Melvin Beederman, Superhero books) introduces a new caped crusader in the launch of the Adventures of Jo Schmo chapter-book series. When fourth-grader Jo receives a cape in the mail from her superhero uncle, she accepts the challenge to follow in his footsteps. The cape (cut in half to share with Jo's dog, Raymond) gives both Jo and her canine sidekick newfound powers (his mainly involve overactive drooling). Trine invokes many superhero conventions throughout: mad scientist Dr. Dastardly has an evil 'Mwah-ha-ha' laugh, and, like Batman, Jo gets a sweet ride (her Schmomobile is a turbocharged version of her skateboard). She even has a Kryptonite-like vulnerability — her three schoolmate crushes: 'This was a distraction she didn't need. Bank robbers were committing crimes and needed to be caught.' (It's not math class, but Trine might have reached for a less stereotypical weakness.) Jo's successes come too easily for the narrative to develop any real tension, but Trine's offbeat brand of humor (Dr. Dastardly's master plan involves reanimating dinosaur skeletons) and Dormer's angular, childlike illustrations generally hit the mark. Ages 6 — 9. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Meet Jo Schmo, fourth-grade superhero! With the help of her drooling dog Raymond, her retired sheriff grandpa, and some very special crime fighting tricks like the Russian Toe Hold, she keeps the streets of San Francisco safe from bad guys in this chapter book series for early middle-grade readers.
In the fourth hilarious adventure in this chapter book series, a villainous pink lemonade-swilling pirate and the dastardly Dr. Dastardly want revenge on fourth-grade superhero Jo Schmo and her dog Raymond.
Fourth grade superhero Jo Schmo and her doggy sidekick Raymond are having a pretty rotten dayand#8212;they just donand#8217;t know it yet. Danger is lurking all over the place: Dr. Dastardly and Numb Skull are planning a jail break, and they want to get revenge on Jo Schmo. Then a group of time-traveling pirates shows up in San Francisco and winds up on the wrong end of Jo Schmoand#8217;s famous fighting move, the Tasmanian Chop. So Pinkbeard the pirate joins forces with the dastardly doctor to concoct the evilest revenge plot ever. Watch out, Jo Schmo! And your little dog, too!
and#8220;I am retiring from my life as a superhero and have enclosed my cape. Use it well. Sincerely, Uncle George.and#8221;
Jo Schmo comes from a long line of crime fighters, but sheand#8217;s just a normal fourth grade girl into boys and skateboardsand#8212;until her uncleand#8217;s cape arrives on her San Francisco doorstep. Time to join the family business! Gramps shows Jo the tricks of the trade, and her dog, Raymond, becomes her slobbery sidekick. Just in time, too. Can Jo stop Dr. Dastardly and his deadly gang of dead dinos? Stay tuned for more adventures of Jo Schmo, complete with hilarious black-and-white illustrations.
About the Author
Frank W. Dormer is the author/illustrator of Socksquatch and The Obstinate Pen, and the illustrator of the acclaimed Aggie and Ben series and the superhero series The Adventu
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