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Extraordinary Ernie & Marvelous Maud
Frances Watts
Judy Watson
Ages 7-10
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Lexile: 740L
PAPERBACK; Published: 2/22/2010
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5363-9
Price: $ 6.00
80 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5 x 7
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Ernie Eggers is thrilled when he wins a superhero contest and becomes Extraordinary Ernie (after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and all day Saturday). But his excitement turns to dismay when he discovers that his sidekick is a sheep! It doesn't take him long to realize, though, that there has never been another sheep quite like Marvelous Maud.

With fun illustrations and engaging characters, this hilarious and fast-paced story about unlikely heroes offers plenty to entertain young readers.

Read a review by a genuine fourth grader, Michael Hoffman, on EerdWord.

Kirkus Reviews
"Oh, the curse of being the only child — not adorable like the baby and not smart like the older sibling! Invisible, that's how Marvelous Maud, sheep sidekick to only-child, newly selected superhero Extraordinary Ernie, feels. Maud decides to adopt a sidekick of her own. Turns out being a sidekick is no job for a middle kitten, bunny, tortoise, horse, goldfish, duckling or mouse, so Maud decides to hold a contest. Along the way, she enjoys hearing the travails of all the middle critters, but she does not notice when Ernie feels left out of the discussion. When the Baxter Branch of the Superheroes Society meets, Ernie's ennui becomes obvious. Valiant Vera (the bravest and fastest superhero) throws down the gauntlet and bans the argumentative aces until they can work together. Decorated with frequent humorous black-and-white illustrations of winsome animals and adults in leotards, this offering is just right for readers ready for the challenge of a chapter book. Sibling conflict, animals and superheroes are all high on the interest level of young readers, making this a series to watch."
Publishers Weekly
"In this slim yet snappy series debut, a group of over-the-hill superheroes announce a competition to find a young new member — preferably a top student or athlete. But decidedly average Ernie, age 10, is the only contestant to show up. Brought aboard, he discovers his sidekick is a talking sheep named Maud. When he complains that her name 'doesn't exactly sound super,' she snaps, 'Well, if you don't mind my saying so, Ernie' isn't exactly the type of name to stop evil in its tracks either.' Though he admits he was hoping for a cooler sidekick, bit by bit Maud wins over Ernie. The action is tame — Ernie saves Maud from a fierce dog and the two thwart three bullies — but the slapstick premise and banter between superhero and sidekick save the day. The brevity, spry pace, and humorous line art make Watts's (Kisses for Daddy) story a good choice for kids who are more used to meeting superheroes on the screen than on the page."