Wedgieman by Charise Mericle Harper & Bob Shea
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In The Adventures of Wedgieman: A Hero Is Born, young readers will follow Veggiebaby from his humble beginnings on his journey to becoming Veggieman. Um, make that Wedgieman, since that's what the kids in the neighborhood all call him. Let's face it—children aren't the best spellers and, well, wedgies are a lot cooler than veggies!

But it's not all cauliflower and carrot sticks—Wedgieman has to fight some pretty bad dudes in his work as a superhero, yet the one battle he can't seem to win is the one over his superhero name. 

Brought vividly to life by Bob Shea's graphic and stylish illustrations, The Adventures of Wedgieman blends Charise Mericle Harper's outlandish humor with tongue-in-cheek action that will delight young readers.The Adventures of Wedgieman: A Hero Is Born is the first book in the series, and two more are on the way!  

About Charise Mericle Harper & Bob Shea

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Charise Mericle Harper is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Just Grace series. In a starred review, Booklist called Just Grace "Hilarious," and said, "The kids come alive in the story, and Harper enhances the comical goings-on with sparkling cartoon sketches. Give this to . . . anyone looking for a funny book." Charise lives in Westchester County, New York. Visit her website at and visit Just Grace's website at, where you'll find all sorts of fun things, including videos, quizzes, and information about all the Just Grace books.
Published August 7, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He practices his superpowers as he grows, with text and art taking cheap shots at elderly women (as he lifts “a bus filled with chattering grandmas”) and overweight people (as his X-ray vision enables him to see into a house where a rotund man stands, embarrassed and clad only in his underwear: “...

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This sets up the predictable punch line that finds the children who show up in the story as Bad Dude’s victims misreading his name: “D-u-d-e spells doodie.” Even though veggies, not academics, are central to the book’s didactic impulse, the hero just breezes by this misreading with the matter-of-...

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After saving some kids, a stick had stuck to his shirt making the V look like a W and the kids called him Wedgieman.

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When he saved a boy stuck in a tree, the rejoicing children, misreading the stick-amended V on his chest, cheered their new hero, "Wedgieman," who confirmed the rightness of his new title by adjusting his uncomfortable costume.

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