Gr 2-4 In this third series installment, child superhero Melvin and his assistant Candace are trying to figure out who has it in for the hot new band, The Grateful Fred. When someone sets off a bomb at a concert, itâ€™s up to the two kids to find the culprit, a task somewhat hampered by Melvinâ€™s difficulty with flying and Candaceâ€™s refusal to save the world before her math homework is done. Readers learn early on what the bad guy is up to, and the story line follows the heroâ€™s and villainâ€™s parallel stories until they finally meet. Rather than relying on mystery or action, the book attempts to capture its readers with wit sometimes more successfully than others. It is funny that Melvin canâ€™t turn off his X-ray vision and has to look at everyoneâ€™s underwear, but overuse of stock phrases such as â€œfaster than a speeding bulletâ€ and â€œnick of timeâ€ wear thin. Sketchy black-and-white cartoons appear frequently throughout. Early chapter-book readers would do better to stick with Bruce Haleâ€™s â€œChet Geckoâ€ (Harcourt) or Dav Pilkeyâ€™s â€œCaptain Underpantsâ€ (Scholastic) series. Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY[Page 116]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.