Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley

Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show

From Michael Buckley, the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, and Dan Santat, author-illustrator of Sidekicks, comes this hilarious picture book starring Kel Gilligan (a.k.a. “The Boy Without Fear”) that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary. Narrated by Kel himself as he attempts his “stunts” with Evel Knievel–like flair, the story unfo...

Details Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show

TitleKel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show
Release DateSep 1st, 2012
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Funny, Storytime, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Juvenile, Family

Reviews Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show

  • Alethea A
    LMAO. That is all!!!!
  • Leslie
    There are some picture books created to commiserate with the parents, a post-baby shower gift for those toddler years, like Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. I haven’t read it as it was after my time and frankly I wasn’t interested. In Mansbach’s case he is looking only to commiserate with parents on the subject of bedtime frustrations. Laughter being cathartic and all. But some books can empathize and provide catharsis while still enc...
  • Jess
    I like the matter of face tone set from the start. The kid's young, but you'd (and he'd) swear he's been around the block. Lived the life, as it were.And yeah, it's great to use a daredevil tone when talking about overcoming challenges when growing up. Eating broccoli, staying quiet when Mom's on the phone, dealing with monsters under the bed -- these are accomplishments.Is it as great as all the rave reviews say? Eh. But I don't dig toilet humor...
  • The Library Lady
    Okay, I guess I am the "cold hearted" person one reviewer said you must be if you didn't laugh at this, because I didn't. I've seen this done before and with much more attractive artwork. And a kid big enough to be turning things into a daredevil stunt show should've been potty trained and dressing himself a while ago....Save your money and buy the "Dinosaur vs" series instead.Oh, and my girls LIKE broccoli. Love it in fact.
  • Krista
    Hilarious! This book made me laugh outloud! I enjoyed the illustrations that accompanied the text. This book will be enjoyed by both kids and adults.
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    I laughed out loud reading this one. Parents and kids will like it. And I love Dan's illustrations.
  • Todd Glaeser
    Another incredible art job by Dan Santat!
  • Tasha
    Kel is a daredevil, willing to take on enormous challenges and risk his own safety! He took on the challenge of eating broccoli and survived without a scratch. He had the courage to face down “The Potty of Doom” though it did take longer than he expected. He even managed to get dressed by himself without a net. He has tested his underwater skills by taking a bath with only one assistant. And has even survived his mother being on the phone wit...
  • Barbara
    It would take a cold-hearted person not to laugh at least once during this hilarious picture book that rings true to childhood experiences. Young Kel Gilligan sees himself as the star of his own reality show, performing feats of daring such as eating broccoli, facing the Potty of Dome, and getting dressed all by himself. The text is hilarious as are the Adobe Photoshop illustrations. I loved how the book's creators took everyday events and turned...
  • Heidi
    I laughed all the way through this book. Kel Gilligan's tough attitude as he faces common childhood challenges including broccoli, the Potty of Doom, a bath, and getting dressed is giggle-inducing. The way the author takes these seemingly simple activities and turns each into a stunt of giant proportions is very entertaining. I also like the way the illustrator made some of the illustrations seem as if they are being viewed through a video camera...
  • Margie
    When you think of a match made in heaven, look no further than this title written by Michael Buckley and illustrated by Dan Santat. These two have created one hilarious book in Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show. I've laughed out loud every single time I've read it; once, twice, three and four times now.My full review is here:
  • Maxwell
    This has great pictures because the little boy is in his underwear and they talk about potties. However, the story is geared towards preschoolers so you might want to bear that in mind. Other naked books that made us laugh was The Very Dirty Cowboy and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.
  • Kelsey
    Age: Preschool+Kel Gilligan takes on such astounding stunts as going on the potty, getting dressed, and waiting for mom to get off the phone. Big, bold graphics accompany these childhood feats. An action-packed celebration of first experiences.
  • Donalyn
    Michael Buckley AND Dan Santat? You had me at the cover. This hilarious book describes Kel Gilligan's bravery in confronting daily challenges like taking a bath and getting dressed by himself.
  • Edward Sullivan
    This entertaining story reminds me of my own Evel Knievel phase when I attempted such stunts as riding my tricycle down the basement stairs and into a wall of cinder blocks. Lots of fun.
  • Jean
    Awesome book for young ones!
  • Kathy
    So amazing. You just want to examine the illustrations forever. I love Santat's work. It's recognizable but not predictable. And I love the story!
  • Jennifer Graham
    When I saw this on the shelf I worried that it'd be one more "extreme" "boy" book, the kind of thing publishers put because they think little boys need their books to be a Mountain Dew commercial of non-stop action. But it's fun, and my kiddo loved it, and extra bonus: because the main character is depicted eating broccoli, my child now requests and eats broccoli nonstop. Anyway--the art is fantastic, the premise is cute, and if you want a kid wh...
  • Chuck Knudsen
    This book was pretty funny - my mom thought it was hilarious. The only real problem I have with it is that it fits into the genre of kid's books where a kid will do something bad. Almost like a primer for doing bad things. Only this case, the kid is doing good things but it's craaazy that he would do them. Take notes, nephew! Many kids do not like broccoli! Kids are scared of monsters! etc. etc.
  • Brianna Owoc
    Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show is humorous. The book puts a different spin on activities that children do not usually like. The book would be great for children who are struggling with eating broccoli, taking a bath, or getting dress to inspire them to do it themselves. The book shows the small things that children do not like to do into a huge triumph and accomplishment.
  • Miss Ryoko
    I have said it before and I'll say it a million times more, I will read ANYTHING Dan Santat has illustrated. He is, by far, my favorite illustrator out there. This book would not nearly have been as fantastic without his perfect illustrations! That man is amazing.. AH-MAZING!!The story was cute too :) It was a good match up
  • Kary
  • jacky
    Similar to Dinosaur vs. My kids were a bit old for it by the time we read it. If it wasn't ILL I'd consider using it for satire lesson on exaggeration.
  • Matthew
  • Bonnie
    I picked this up by chance at the library just because of the cover and the word "daredevil" in the title.
  • Stephanie
    we've read it 3 times in 3 days....
  • Margaret Chind
    Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Full of fun and funny, this is definitely a "boy" book, but I have no doubt my preschool daughter will be in fits of laughter when we read it. She is currently as well mastering the "daredevil" tasks from eating broccoli to sleeping in her own bed (and staying there). Part of the learning process is seeing other kids with similar experiences and I am sure reading and rereading this book will be fun and b...
  • Mary Ann
    Kel Gilligan is a daredevil - brave enough to attempt awe-inspiring feats like eating broccoli, facing "the Potty of Doom," and taking a bath with only ONE assistant. Santat's illustrations heighten both the drama and the humor in Buckley's story. You can tell just by the cover how much kids are going to love this.Our kindergartners thought the Potty of Doom was hilarious. They are just the right age to remember those little potties and know just...
  • Suzanne
    Such bravery! Such courage! Such feats of derring do! How can one small body hold so much intrepidity? He faces incredible dangers without flinching - broccoli, potty training, bathtime... Is there nothing he can't handle? Michael Buckley has created a hero as incredible as Evil Knievel, but in a preschooler's body. Dan Santat's illustrations show a tiny powerhouse of pure gumption who conquers one frightful obstacle after another, all with the a...
  • Laura
    I thought the idea for book was interesting and I can see kids finding it amusing. Unfortunately, I wasn't spellbound by the book. The illustrations were graphic and fun, but it wasn't something that capture my attention and made me want to read it over and over again. It was pretty interesting to see what feat Kel would accomplish next, but overtime, I got a little bored. The people in the sidelines pushing him to do more and gasping in wonder a...