Reviews for Gecko and Sticky Sinister Substitute
Booklist Reviews 2010 January #1
The depraved nemesis of middle-school superhero Dave (aka the Gecko), Damien Black kidnaps a science teacher, disguises himself as a substitute, and takes charge of the class in hopes of uncovering Dave's identity. Dave and Sticky, his smart-mouthed but trusty gecko sidekick, strike back by invading Black's dangerous domain and causing havoc. Reaching a frenetic level of energy and comedy as the story's tension builds, Van Draanen's droll narrative is consistently entertaining. Gilpin's cartoon-style drawings add their own eclectic charm, and his cover illustration of the demented villain should draw even more readers to the Gecko & Sticky series. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
In Substitute, Dave's least-favorite teacher disappears mysteriously--only to be replaced by the ominously familiar Dr. Schwarz. Potion finds Dave and pet gecko Sticky tasked with delivering a package to dangerous Damien Black. The series continues to blend broad school-based humor with outlandish fantasy plots in winning, if a bit frantic, adventures. [Review covers these Gecko & Sticky titles: The Power Potion and Sinister Substitute.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.