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Mascot to the Rescue! by Peter David

Mascot to the Rescue!

by Peter David

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David, P. (2008). Mascot to the Rescue. New York: Laura Geringer Books.


Mascot goes beyond lighthearted imaginative superhero play to blurring the line between Josh having imaginative fun and psychological need to help deal with his parents’ recent divorce. After trying to save a new girl, Kelsey, from some bullies, Josh learns that his favorite character, the sidekick Mascot, is going to be killed-off from the comic book series. Having such a strong connection with Mascot, Josh fears for his own life as well as the character’s and takes his new friend Kelsey on a quest to the comic book’s publisher to save Mascot and himself.

More so, Mascot explores the experience of young outsiders, developing friendships and psychological support.

While it's clear that Peter David loves comics, the overall writing of Mascot to the Rescue! is mediocre, often telling in place of showing. The story follows multiple perspectives, including those of adults. But even when in the heads of Josh or Kelsey, the narrative doesn’t quite manage to feel as though it is in a child’s voice. This could, in part, be because of the emphasis on psychological well-being.

The story also includes moments in italics when Josh falls back on pretending to be Mascot.

Activities to do with the book:

As with other superhero narratives, students could create their own superhero narratives in response, creating their own heroes, challenges and illustrations.

This book could open up discussion on how to deal with parents’ divorce, or how while imagination may be a key to dealing with all matter of issues, it still must be balanced with other outlets or therapies.

A teacher could touch on the power that literature has to influence people’s or discuss where authors get ideas for their stories.

Favorite Quotes

“What’s so wonderful about the real world anyway? So many terrible things happen. At least he’s reading! At least he’s spending his time doing something other than hanging out on the internet” (p. 17).

“And the way I figure it,” he said, holding up the latest issue, “if Mascot can get through all the stuff that he has to deal with…then I can get through all of mine” (p. 31).

“Well, we’ve got to find out.”
“On the internet. That’s how you find out everything” (p. 44).
  SJKessel | Mar 2, 2009 |
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Fun book. Utterly ridiculous, of course. A boy convinces himself that everything that happens to a comic book character happens to him, so when the comic book character is slated to die the boy must stop the writer from axing his favorite character. (Apparently, the boy is the character's only fan: Mascot was selected to be killed off in a fan vote.) His friend Kelsey goes along with him on his adventures to protect him from his delusions, and together they visit the head offices of Wonder Comics and hunt down the writer of Mascot's comic, Stan Kirby (snicker) to convince him to change the story. There's tons of little in-jokes for comic book nerds.

The end wraps up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cleanly though. In fact (yes, I'm gonna say it) it's the sort of ending you would only find in comic books. ( )
  makaiju | Nov 25, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061349119, Hardcover)

Josh Miller, sixth grader at Demarest Elementary School, has a secret. Everything that happens to Mascot, the superhero sidekick in the Captain Major comic books, also happens to Josh. So when Josh finds out that Mascot is slated to die in the next Captain Major adventure, he knows he has to do something—and fast! A budding comics artist and writer himself, Josh and his new friend, Kelsey (aka Large Lass), take off to find Stan Kirby, the creator of the Captain Major series, so they can save Mascot—and Josh''s life. Comic-book legend Peter David teams up with the renowned comics artist Colleen Doran in their first book for young readers.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:32 -0400)

Twelve-year-old Josh, who feels connected to the comic book superhero, Mascot, sets out on an odyssey to discover the comic's creator when he learns that the fictional Mascot is going to die.

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