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Captain Awesome and the New Kid

Book #3 of Captain Awesome
Illustrated by George O'Connor

About The Book

Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man must decide if new student Sally Williams is friend or foe in this third Captain Awesome story. MI-TEE!

Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man are up to their old tricks...saving the universe through the defeat of one bad guy at a time. From Mr. Drools to Dr. Spinach, evil doesn’t stand a chance in Sunnyview! But when a new student named Sally Williams joins Ms. Beasley’s class, the boys wonder if she is friend or foe. Eugene also contemplates inviting a new feline friend to join the Squad… much to Turbo’s disapproval.
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!


Captain Awesome and the New Kid


Captain Awesome grabbed the Frisbee and raced for his life!

“We’re not going to make it!” Nacho Cheese Man shouted, an empty can of cheese in his hand.


The howl of their enemy was directly behind the heroes and getting closer!

The Danger-Stopping Dynamic Duo had made the dangerous journey into Mr. Drools’s Dog Star battle station to save their precious Frisbee being held captive in Mr. Drools’s drippy, droolish jaws.

What’s that? you say. You’ve never heard of Mr. Drools? He’s only the most slobberingest monster from the Howling Paw Nebula! He wakes up neighborhoods around the galaxy with his barking, his Drool of Destruction, and his taste for Frisbees.

What’s that? you say again. Who are Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man?! Only the two most awesomest heroes not named Super Dude.

Super Dude just happened to be the most awesome superhero in Eugene’s comic book collection.

Eugene McGillicudy and his best friend, Charlie Thomas Jones, were not just ordinary students at Sunnyview Elementary. They also had supersecret superhero identities: Eugene was Captain Awesome and Charlie was Nacho Cheese Man.

Along with Captain Awesome’s hamster sidekick, Turbo, together they formed the Sunnyview Superhero Squad to protect the universe from bad guys.

Especially drooling space dogs.

Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man had landed the Awesome Rocket on Mr. Drools’s dreaded Dog Star—a grrrnormous battle station, shaped like a dog’s head—that flew around the universe barking at helpless planets. Boarding the Dog Star was the start of a three-part mission to save Eugene’s favorite Frisbee.

The three parts were:

1. find the Frisbee

2. rescue the Frisbee, and

3. do not get drooled on by Mr. Drools! GROSS!

“GRRRRR!” Mr. Drools growled, drool squirting from his clenched teeth.


“Let’s go!” shouted Captain Awesome, using his superspeed power to run through the long hallway of the Dog Star and nearly stepped on something lumpy. A scary thought jumped into Captain Awesome’s head.

“Oh no! We’re right in the middle of a Doggy Doo-Doo Minefield!” he shouted out to Nacho Cheese Man.


A Doggy Doo-Doo Minefield was a scary and icky thought. Mr. Drools’s Dog Star was full of traps! Very smelly traps . . .

“I’ll stop the monster!” shouted Nacho Cheese Man. He grabbed a new can of power cheese from his Cheese Bag so he could aim it at Mr. Drools.


Cheese blasted Nacho Cheese Man right in the face!

“Aargh!” he cried out. “I’m cheesed!”

Nacho Cheese Man had forgotten the first rule of the power of canned cheese: Point the can away from you.

“Mmmmm. It’s yummy though!”

But it was not a time for snacks, no matter how yummy. Mr. Drools was within slobber range of the Frisbee. There was only one thing Captain Awesome could do.


Captain Awesome threw the Frisbee to Nacho Cheese Man. Unfortunately, Nacho Cheese Man’s face was still covered in gooey cheese. The Frisbee sailed over his head and Mr. Drools took off after it.

“The Frisbeeeeeeee!” cried out Captain Awesome.

“I’m on it!”

Nacho Cheese Man had his own Plan B: a Squeaky Dinky Squeezo. He pulled the doggie toy from his Cheese Bag and said the one word that no inhabitant of the Howling Paw Nebula could ever resist:

The Squeaky Dinky Squeezo worked! Mr. Drools took off after it.

“Good thinking, Nacho Cheese Man!” Captain Awesome exhaled. He was relieved.

“I learned from the best,” Nacho Cheese Man said, looking at his Super Dude watch. Super Dude had faced a similar situation in Super Dude No. 48 with The Kitty Litterer, The Cat That Littered. Super Dude had defeated her by using a giant ball of string.

While Mr. Drools dribbled his evil spittle on poor Squeaky Dinky, Captain Awesome grabbed the Frisbee and ran with Nacho Cheese Man toward the Dog Star airlock.

“MI-TEE!” Captain Awesome cried out and hopped onto his MI-TEE Mobile rocket bike and blasted away from the Dog Star. Nacho Cheese Man followed on his own rocket bike, The Cheesy Rider.

“Cheesy-Yoooo!” he cried as he took off.

But fast on their trail was Mr. Drools, barking and drooling as he chased after the boys.

Time for the Boomway!

They turned their rocket bikes onto the Boomway, the outer space bike path. Captain Awesome pushed the solar-drive button on his handlebars and launched the MI-TEE Mobile and The Cheesy Rider into the vastness of space.

They were sure to lose Mr. Drools in the King Crab Nebula, just past the Lobsteroid Belt. . . .

About The Author

Stan Kirby tied a beach towel around his neck and became Super Commander Beach Boy when he was six years old. When Stan’s not creating the awesome adventures of Captain Awesome, he loves reading comic books, eating okra, and hang gliding (but not at the same time).

About The Illustrator

George O’Connor is the creator of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Olympians, in addition to serving as the illustrator of the Captain Awesome series. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Kapow!Ker-splash, and If I Had a Triceratops. He resides in his secret Brooklyn, New York, hideout, where he uses his amazing artistic powers to strike fear in the hearts of bad guys everywhere!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (May 8, 2012)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442441996
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ M These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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Awards and Honors

  • CBC Best Children's Books of the Year

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