Reviews for Terror in Tights


Booklist Reviews 2007 July #1
Far from the suave Superman type, Melvin Beederman needs a running start to take to the air, and gets weak in the knees when someone flashes a piece of bologna. But he has managed to make it back for a fourth adventure in his Superhero series, in which a vengeful former superhero is trying to do him in. This is lightweight to be sure, but there are a few clever twists, including a verbal battle between Melvin; his sidekick, Candace; and the book's narrator. A possibility for Dav Pilkey's fans. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
The clumsy crusader is back to protect LA from dastardly evildoers. Aside from a new bad guy, this fourth book is much of the same: Melvin watches TV with his pet rat, Melvin can't fly until the fifth try, Melvin saves the day. Silly details help the plot rise above mere formula. Energetic comic-book-style sketches accompany the text. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

Gr 2-4-- Book four has Melvin once again teaming up with his pal Candace to work out math problems at the library and save the world from an onslaught of bologna by Superhero Carl. There's more bologna here than Carl's as the less-than-super plot falls flat. Melvin learned everything he knows at the Superhero Academy in Boston and now lives in Los Angeles. A transcontinental chase takes place when Carl gets off "The Good Ship Lollipop" in Boston and steals a cape from the academy in order to get back at his nemesis. With all these supposed superpowers, it seems that there would be less time spent traveling and kicking in doors and more time devoted to an actual story. Word and phrase choices like "peeved," "no speaker tags," and Melvin achieving "rear end" status seem odd for the intended audience. Comic-book sketches and cool cover art will draw attention to this title, but savvy early chapter-book readers will find better choices in Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) and Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" series (HarperTrophy).--Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH

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