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Commander Universe Saves the Day (Sort of)

By Marty Kelley (Author)


Pub Date 11/16/2021

ISBN 9781454940807

Format Hardcover




Commander Universe Saves the Day (Sort of)

by Marty Kelley
A funny, fast-paced illustrated chapter book aimed at fans of Hank Zipzer, Stink, and I Funny.

Fourth-grader Stevie Blunt is a huge comic book fan–and he's just found a rare copy of the first issue of Captain Fantastic, featuring a “Top Secret Superhero Training Journal.” Now, all he has to do is dig up the money to pay for it. 
When a neighbor needs a last-minute dog sitter for her beloved pug, Stevie transforms into Commander Universe, ready to be the hero this citizen needs (and earn the money for his comic book). But then the dog goes missing, and Commander Universe has just hours to find out what happened. Follow the daring escapades of Commander Universe as they dodge mind-controlled squirrels, Mystery Neighbors, and new neighbor Abi in their attempt to save the precious pug.

“Presented in a mix of full-color comics panels and short chapters of print generously interspersed with additional inset vignettes, this rib-tickler will pull chuckles even from earnest, young world savers and villain battlers.” —Booklist -

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This is Marty Kelley's first middle-grade novel. His latest picture book, the hilarious Almost Everybody Farts (Sterling, 2017) received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, which called it "A playful, punchy paean to the pervasive poot.” Marty promotes his books by visiting over 150 schools per year throughout the country. To learn more about Marty, visit

Title Details

Pages 128 pages, all in color

Trim 6.5 x 8.5 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category Comics & Graphic Novels | Chapter Book Fiction

Age Range 7 to 10