Bound To Stay Bound

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School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 K-Gr 3—Wrong Man's only superpower seems to be the ability to do the absolute worst thing possible when trouble shows up. Like when he attempts to thwart a robbery by showing off his dance moves. Or when he tries to foil a homework-eating dog by dressing every dog in underwear. Luckily his sidekick Janice, aka Power Girl, is there to right his many mistakes with her quick thinking; readers later discover that Power Girl is Wrong Man's daughter and the whole situation was an anger-fueled daydream that's resolved by the book's end. However, there is not enough immediate correlation between the backstory and the main narrative, which may leave some readers confused. Overall, this is a hysterical and refreshing take on the many errors that parents can make. Morrison's adherence to a comic book art style lends legitimacy to the story. His figures, complete with comic-style line shading and intense facial expressions, are breathtaking, but, more important, add a dose of humor to each situation. VERDICT Kids will want to pore over this hilarious romp that's expertly executed—simply amazing.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/01/2018 This visually enticing story in comic-book format follows the unfortunate adventures of two superheroes invented by an African American girl named Janice. Janice is Power Girl and her dad is Wrong Man. Wrong Man makes impractical decisions; he brings oodles of cheese to douse a fire and dances to thwart robbers, while practical Power Girl calls 911. No crisis is too small (dogs eating homework) or too large (a meteor heading toward Earth)—Wrong Man can screw anything up. Eventually, Wrong Man is redeemed when he saves Janice from a giant fire-breathing lizard. The text, composed mostly of dialogue bubbles, is short and to the point, while the lushly colored comic-book style illustrations are attractive, often with smaller images in frames. Some of the action is unclear, and in some places, the illustrations are too crowded, resulting in a murky story line. Still, the alluring artwork centered around African American heroes will draw some to this, despite some confusing visual sequences. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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