Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero Author: Anne Cottringer Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
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Age Range: 3-7 years

Publication Date: September 2009

BISAC: JUV001000, JUV051000

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover

Retail Price: $15.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-083-3

ISBN-10: 1-58925-083-4

Dimensions: 10" x 11"

Publication Date: September 2009

BISAC: JUV001000, JUV051000

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Paperback

Retail Price: $7.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-416-9

ISBN-10: 1-58925-416-3

Dimensions: 9-3/4" x 10-3/4"

By day, Eliot is quiet. He reads his books, feeds his goldfish, and watches Mr. Smith wash his car.
    "Eliot is such a quiet little thing," say all the grown-ups. But the grown-ups don't know that when the clock strikes midnight . . . Eliot is a SUPERHERO! One night, Eliot receives an urgent message from the world's most important scientists. A gigantic meteor is about to smash into the Earth! 
    Readers will laugh out loud as they follow Eliot Jones, midnight superhero, on his most important mission ever! 

Lexile: AD540

Accelerated Reader: 134433

Mild-mannered Eliot Jones by day…superhero by night! Not even his parents suspect that at the stroke of midnight, little Eliot becomes an expert lion tamer rescuing the town from rampaging zoo escapees, or a champion swimmer assisting the Coast Guard with pulling endangered boats to safety. But, Eliot’s most important challenge comes when he receives word that a gigantic meteor is headed straight for Earth. But never fear—Eliot is here! And he just happens to have a Meteor-Busting Rocket Launcher on hand. Children will cheer for Eliot as he saves the day (or rather night) with his imaginary nightly escapades. Alex Smith’s illustrations are “busy” with not only depictions of Eliot, but maps, peripheral conversations, and comments that will keep readers lingering on each page. This picture book could be used for teaching imaginative writing, quotations, or figures of speech, as several onomatopoeias are sprinkled throughout the text.  Recommended. —Julie Stephens, Educational Reviewer, Calhoun, Georgia


November/December 2009, Library Media Connection

Mild-mannered bookworm by day, international troubleshooter by night! Little Eliot, with curly red hair like his mother and large round red-framed eyeglasses, is a model child. Quiet and obedient, he reads nearly all day and regularly feeds his pet goldfish. But at night, when all are sleeping, Eliot dons his superhero garb (green cape and boots and briefs featuring a gold 'E') and flies all over the world solving major (and minor) problems. Among the former: He helps the Coast Guard rescue a ship from dangerous rocks, uses code-cracking skills to find the Queen's stolen jewels, and launches a rocket that bursts a meteor on a collision course with Earth. He also finds time to return lost teddy bears. Cottringer's delightful fantasy is ably abetted by Smith's scruffy mixed-media illustrations, busy and bright and full of additional jokes (such as the ocean liner that sports the name 'The Rubber Ducky' and a bemused mountain goat he buzzes by in the Himalayas). Walter Mitty-class drollery that should appeal to children and adults alike. (Picture book. 4-7). 32pg.


July 15, 2009 Kirkus Reviews

PreS-Gr 2–By day, Eliot is a quiet boy who likes to read, but when the clock strikes midnight, he becomes a superhero. The youngster, who sports curly orange hair, large round glasses, and a green cape and matching boots, returns teddy bears to babies, rescues his town from rampaging lions, and stops a ship from crashing onto the rocks. Now he embarks on his “most dangerous mission ever”–saving Earth from a gigantic meteor. Eliot’s adventures are fast-paced and exciting. A variety of fonts are used, making the text feel integrated into the action-packed illustrations. Done in vibrant pastel hues, the collage-style spreads match the tone of each adventure and include many details that youngsters will enjoy exploring. A worthy addition to kids-as-superheroes collections. —Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY


September 2009, School Library Journal