meet-the-gecko-shreddermanTitle: Meet the Gecko
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
ISBN: 9781430101062
Discs: 2 discs
Publisher/Date: Live Oak Media, c2007.
Narrator: Daniel Young

“He’s got nine hundred twent-seven messages!” she whispered into the phone. “Steven, this is totally out of control!” Her eyes were enormous. …
That night they talked about Shredderman on CNN, ABC, CBS, and Fox News. And in the morning we ate breakfast and listened while a group of morning-show anchors talked about it over coffee. (154-157)

Nolan Byrd has a chance to meet Chase Morton, the actor who plays his favorite television show superhero. But Nolan’s own superhero alter ego ends up being pulled into an investigation of a tabloid reporter known as the Mole. The Mole makes up news stories about celeberties and pulls tricks to get fake stories. Well, Shredderman is going to put a stop to this, once and for all! Nolan however gets his own suprise when Bubba shows up on the television set. But when the news goes national, is Nolan’s cover blown?

The one complaint I have about this book is Nolan’s belief in a talking gecko. He seems highly gullible, and so are the adults when they incredibly believe his dad’s story that they don’t know Shredderman’s identity. The parents resemble a kid’s dream parents more than any I actually know. I just talked to someone in second grade who is reading these books, which seems young for the targeted fifth grade audience. Chase is presented as a regular kid however, which is refreshing. Daniel Young still maintains his ability to distinguish characters and voices, and adds a realistic presence and voice to the writing.