I have a favorite superhero. But most of you have never heard of him. This young man is courageous and determined, willing to wage war on crime creatively and nonviolently…although he is a bit rough on the olfactory nerve.
Through a weird encounter with a piece of outer space debris, mild-mannered teenager Norman Flinch acquires an unusual ability: he can smell like anything he thinks about. He and his geeky junior-scientist sidekick, Wendell, determine to dedicate this power to fighting crime in their city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Norman’s mom and dad are equally decided in trying to keep Norman and his big sister Barbara out of harm’s way. But as it often happens, both in the comics and in life, trouble keeps wafting their way..
Skunk-Guy, the hero of three novels for pre-teens, is the creation of my good friend Michael Wilhelm. Michael is a professional actor who has worked extensively with my theater company (all for One productions, inc.) over the past nine years. all for One was privileged to produce the world premiere of his original play, Turtle Soup. He has also had featured roles in several films, including most recently Healed By Grace.
Think a smelly superhero is too far-out to be appreciated by kids? Think again. Listen to what fans of the books are saying:
“I LOVE the Skunk-Guy books! Each one is filled with excitement, action, and lets you clearly see in your mind exactly what’s happening. They’re just like a movie on paper.All of the books are excellent…if a little smelly.” (from D.J., age 12)
I like the Skunk-Guy books because there is one exciting thing after another. I can’t think of a dreary part in the whole trilogy. They are very fun books and I enjoyed them very much.(from Nick, age 11)
Full of silliness and utterly wild and witty adventure, a grown-up may even find him/herself chuckling aloud as I did while reading these charmingly clever novellas.(Dan Horn, reviewed for ComicBookBin)