Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon read from his new children's book, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man in an event produced in association with Brandeis Hillel Day School's San Rafael campus and Book Passage.
Kids and parents alike enjoyed lively conversation with Chabon - hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the best writers of English prose alive.” Chabon’s bestselling adult novels are steeped in comic book lore. With Awesome Man, he brings that tradition to the younger generation of children aged 4-7 years.
Chabon read aloud the story of a masked superhero whose abilities include a power grip that can hug mutant talking Jell-O, a positronic force shield so strong he has to be careful with it and perhaps most importantly, the strength to retreat to his Fortress of Awesome for a dose of quiet and calm when he needs it.
Kids learned that at the end of a challenging day, even superheroes are glad to come home to a plate of cheese and crackers and a glass of chocolate milk. 4th graders thanked Chabon by presenting him with their own awesome book of hand-drawn superheroes.