Mr. Particular: The Worlds Choosiest Champion!
Written and Illustrated by Jason Kirschner
Sterling Children’s Books 5/10/2016
40 pages Ages 4—8
Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection
“MEET MR. PARTICULAR—
“—the world’s choosiest champion! This superhero is super picky: He says NO to gross green things, tucked-in shirts, humming, anything that smells like coconut, and especially stuff that’s squishy. But when his friends in the Super-Duper Group finally get fed up with his fussiness, can Mr. Particular prove that even the super-squeamish can save the day?” [inside jacket]
Mr. Particular is a superhero. He can lift minivans over his head and outrun a train . . . the zoo’s train. Mr. Particular is also very particular. He must use ketchup with all non-desserts, refuses to tuck his shirt in, hates the smell of coconut, and the sound of humming. But mostly, Mr. Particular dislikes mud (too squishy) and anything green (no exceptions). As part of the Super-Duper Group of superheroes, Mr. Particular has been letting his comrades down. Several missions fail, all because of Mr. Particular. Robotosaur hums, and thus goes free. Kick’ Chicken destroys the Castle of Sandboxica. It was sand, and squishy. Then Dr. Slimyhands wins the fight that never occurred, all because he is green.
The Super-Duper Group calls an emergency meeting and, well, actually KICK. OUT. MR. PARTICULAR. This leaves Mr. Particular with Superpooper, his diaper-clad sibling. Mr. Particular knows there is only one thing he can do . . . be less fussy. And he tries, and tries, and tries again, to no avail. Mr. Particular is simply too particular. Then one day, Mr. Particular looks out his window where his friends are playing. Atomic Bear is in danger! He hangs by his suspenders from a tree, over a large area of slimy, squishy mud. And no one is helping. Can Mr. Particular get over his no-mud fussiness and save Atomic Bear? And why isn’t Daring Duck helping Atomic Bear?
Mr. Particular, told in comic book form, is a young boy with more than a few particularities. His group, The Super-Duper Group includes himself, Daring Duck, and Atomic Bear. On the other side are the villains. They are Robotosaur, a combination robot and dinosaur; Kickin’ Chicken, who looks more like a Spartan than a chicken; and Dr. Slimyhands, a medical doctor covered in green slime. Kirschner only refers to the children by their code names. This allows any child to become one of these characters. A neat way of bringing the child into the story, so he or she can make it their own. (There are three girls and three boys in this group of playmates.)
The colorful illustrations are quite detailed. Drawn first on paper, using colored pencils, each spread was then digitized and colored. The result is spreads with muted colors. It works. Kirschner has created picture book characters with an infinite possibility of stories. The comic book format gives younger children what might be their first comics. Check out the end pages. Filled with toys and gimmicks similar to 1950s and 1960s comic book classifieds. Many of the items used in the story can be “bought” from these ads including Mr. Particular’s bomber hat.
Mr. Particular is a superhero for younger children. The story is fun to read aloud and the illustrations enhance the story with its details. Young kids will love the format and the craziness, which occurs when a villain attacks. But there is a decisive factor our hero, Mr. Particular, will not, cannot help. Every child has a fear that can hold him or her back. It is Mr. Particular’s faults, his pickiness, his fuss-abilities, keeping him from fulfilling his duty. Like all wonderfully offbeat characters, Mr. Particular faces his fear and changes by stories end. Or is it the end?
MR. PARTICULAR, THE WORLD’S CHOOSIEST CHAMPION! Text and illustrations copyright © 2016 by Jason Kirschner. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Sterling Children’s Books, New York, NY.
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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved
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