Great Illustrated Books

Shredderman: Secret Identity (Shredderman series)

By Wendelin Van Draanen, Illustrated by Brian Biggs

Shredderman: Secret
Identity (Shredderman
series) Yearling, 2006
Pages : 144
Suggested Ages: 7-10
ISBN: 9780375823510

Now that he is in fifth grade, Nolan Byrd—called Byrd-the-Nerd by his arch enemy, his lying, cheating, stealing, bullying classmate, Bubba— would love to do something about Bubba. Problem: Nolan is half Bubba's size, and, as he says, "I don't exactly want to die in elementary school." Nolan's teacher, Mr. Green, has a ponytail, plays guitar, and wears jeans and sandals to school. (Bubba calls him the Happy Hippie.) Every month, Mr. Green gives the kids a creative project to do. Nolan loves math and computers. He hates creative projects. This month's project, though, is right up Nolan's alley. They have to design their own newspaper page and write about an injustice, and they can use their computers. Watching Bubba steal Miriam Whipple's assignment page, Nolen gets an idea. He'll do a report on injustice, all right. Assuming a cybersuperhero secret identify, Nolan sets up a website,, and posts photos of Bubba in action, doing wrong.

A fast and funny story of the triumph of the nerds, this is the first of a four-book series with real kid appeal. Find activities and fun at the Shredderman website

Reviewed by : JF.


If you love this book, then try:

Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero. HarperCollins, 2004. ISBN-10: 0066236207

Greene, Stephanie. Owen Foote, Frontiersman. Clarion, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0395615782

Pinkwater, Daniel. Looking for Bobowitz. HarperCollins, 2004. ISBN-13: 9780060535551

Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Alone in His Teacher's House. Random House, 1994. ISBN-13: 978-0747562795

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Shredderman 2: Attack of the Tagger. Knopf, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0440419136

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Shredderman 3: Meet the Gecko. Knopf, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0440419143

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Shredderman 4: Enemy Spy. Knopf, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0440419150

Weigel, Jeff. Atomic Ace (He's Just My Dad). Albert Whitman, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0807532171

Critics have said

This entertaining story of an egghead who cannot keep his shoes tied who uses his brains to triumph over the worst bully in school will keep even reluctant readers laughing and wanting more stories about this cyber superhero. Droll, black-and-white cartoons are a perfect accompaniment to the clever text.
Edward Sullivan, School Library Journal
Three cheers for Shredderman! Van Draanen has created a "superhero" who speaks wonderfully to all the underdogs out there looking for justice. Kids will surely be looking to devour more episodes, and Brian Biggs's wacky illustrations make for an on-target complement.
Matt Warner, The Barnes & Noble Review
Short page count, plenty of illustrations, and an intriguing method of solving the age-old bully problem make this an involving book for younger readers who will look forward to more books in this series.
Susie Wilde, Children
Biggs contributes sketchy "Beavis and Butthead"-style vignettes; the author adds a supporting cast of unconventional characters, and pushes off a rolling tangle of subplots to set the stage for further exploits from "Shredderman." They should get an enthusiastic welcome.
Kirkus Reviews