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EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
This delightful book gives parents a chance to laugh at some of the trying experiences of raising a gifted child. It also gives them a glimpse into the way their children interpret the same experiences. Evan “Brain” is Evan Brian, but he sometimes called himself Evan “Brain.” That tells you something about his attitude and his imagination. His versions of his experiences are creative tales that any gifted kid who enjoys fantasy will understand. Parents, however, will need the glossary...

...It took no time to realize what the two parts of the chapter were and I read quickly though the book, and with each chapter, as I read Eve's version, I looked forward to seeing how Evan had interpreted the events.

If you're the parent of a gifted child whose behavior often results in phone calls from the principal and notes sent home from the teacher, you will no doubt sympathize with Evan's mother, Eve. Gifted kids, however, will no doubt sympathize with Evan! And the kids probably won't need the glossary. Read Full Review

Carol Bainbridge
About.com


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
Evan Brain! is a strangely humorous book, showcasing Evan’s antics over the years from both sides – his and his mom’s. Part comic book, part confessional, Evan Brain! is both amusing and endearing; as a mom, you can’t help but love Evan just a little bit for his unique take on the world, yet still feel sorry for poor Eve who had to take it in the chops from Evan’s teachers on a regular basis. The highlight of this book is definitely the artwork, created by Evan himself. The cartoons are simple and perhaps a little Calvin and Hobbes-ish and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Between the writing and the drawing, one thing’s for sure – this kid superhero’s talent runneth over. I would be delighted to see more humorous comics come from Evan Doyle in the future. Overall, although it’s difficult to tell who the target audience is on this book (Is it for adults? Kids? Somewhere in between?), Evan Brain! is a pretty entertaining little book – one that can be read in one sitting and will absolutely be enjoyed.

Jennifer Brown
Regular Columnist
Mom Writer's Literary Magazine


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
Barry has compared Evan to Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin was cute and mischievous, mainly because he was a comic strip character. If he had been real, he would have been a terror. Evan is not a cartoon strip character. Well, he is in these books. But in real life, he apparently was a terror, hitting and kicking the kids at school, and being disruptive. His parents still have the notes from his teachers to prove it and they are reproduced here. The teachers' exasperation is unmistakable.

As engaging as the stories are, they are not what won us over. Evan's drawings are, at first glance, typically childish drawings, primitive in style, with lots of bright colors. He doesn't always stay inside the lines. But look closer. With just a few strokes of the marking pen, he captures facial expressions brilliantly.

The other aspect of the books that we found remarkable is that they were written at all. Everyone talks about writing a book. Few do. Even fewer make it into print. It's a real tribute to Barry and Eve that they were able to corral the family (son Colin and daughter Tory also contributed artwork) into finishing this multi-pronged project. Because it isn't just a series of books, it's also greeting cards, audio books, and T-shirts. Read Full Review.

Steve and Helen
“The Biblio Files”
Open Salon


Testimonials

EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
At last – a real successor to Calvin and Hobbes! Evan Doyle is a truly gifted cartoonist. His work is fresh, witty and edgy – with a diverse cast of endlessly delightful, wickedly funny characters. I only wish Evan's work was in my daily paper so that I could have the pleasure of following his adventures every day.

Nicholas Gilroy, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Communications
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
Evan's point of view is slightly different from a normal person's point of view. And that is what makes this book a magnificent choice for readers of all ages.

Katie F. Welch, 11
Dallas, TX


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
Oh my lord, I just received it and read it. It’s fabulous! Tell Evan that it’s possible to overthrow the evil overlords of education. He just has to get more subversive and a lot more quiet. That’s ok, don’t tell him. I’ll just mail him a kit.

Deven Karpelman
middle school teacher
Bothell, WA


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
Evan is a very distinct character with a cockeyed/sometimes villainous view of the world.

Steve Moore
Cartoonist
“In the Bleachers”
Universal Press Syndicate


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
First of all, I must say the illustrations seem PERFECT! I just loved them and feel they added a lot to the story. This seems to me like a juvenile fiction piece because of the vocabulary, as well as all the imaginative, sci-fi sounding titles given to the characters in Evan’s version of the story.

Patty Kimmel
kindergarten teacher
Clarksville, TN


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
I really like that story. It was funny and the drawings were cool. Please write another one.

Rachel S., 8
Waterbury, VT


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
EVAN BRAIN!
is creatively whimsical. What a cute story and great visuals as well. The story reminded me (and my son Drew, 11 years old next month) of one of his favorite online books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Morton Gernsbacher, PhD
Professor of Sociology/Psychology
University of Wisconsin, Madison


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
I am in stitches.

John Baffa, M.A.
Associate Professor of English
Morton Community College
Elmhurst, IL


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
I liked the book. It was interesting and funny. I liked the pictures and the parts about Calvin and Hobbes. The letters were funny! Can I keep the book?

Tyler Walker, 10
Anaheim, CA


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
I just read your manuscript. Fantastic! I thought it was great and I loved the drawings! I actually laughed out loud while reading it. Tell Evan to remember me when he’s rich and famous. Maybe I should go ahead and get his autograph now before the handlers and groupies converge.

Stephen Young
Executive Director
Leukemia Texas
Dallas, TX


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
I think EVAN BRAIN! is great. Don’t forget us little people when you are famous and win all those awards.

Robert Kersey, PhD
Professor
Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
Hilarious! God bless Evan! He and his antics kept me going! I had a good laugh, and it’s wonderful reading. If Calvin were real, Evan could outdo him!

Linda Baird
Aflac salesperson
Dallas, TX


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
That was great!

Nathan Hannon, 10
London, Ontario, Canada


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
I love the idea and the project. I see this as appealing to a young adult audience. I think it is extremely witty and creative — suited to the middle school person — I see some of my 8th grade Pre AP Literature students loving this! The combination of the more mature humor, drawings, and fantasy/science fiction orientation makes it an attraction to the adolescent kid. They are still young enough to understand and appreciate their experiences at a younger age. Also, the illustrations are quite good!

Vivian Toole
8th grade English teacher
Bishop Dunne
Dallas, TX


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
I enjoyed reading your book! I really liked the artwork! And the terrific descriptions of “fantasy” (I know better) creatures! And the pithy descriptions of Evan’s Evil Parents! How does he put up with them?! And his teachers! Makes me think of Sister Mary Frumentia from fifth grade! And she was no fantasy creature — but she could have been! Keep up the great work! And the exclamatory punctuation!!

Richard Ray, EdD
Professor
Hope College
Holland, MI


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
Tyler LOVES the book. He ran outside to show the neighborhood kids who also thought it was “awesome” and “cool.” They all proceeded to sit on the curb and laugh hysterically while they flipped through the pages.

Kris Boyle-Walker, ATC, PT, OCS
Anaheim, CA


EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero
EVAN'S BRAIN will light up your frontal lobes.

Marian Henley
Cartoonist/Author
Laughing Gas: The Best of Maxine
Austin, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
The Evan Brain book series is a wow... wildly imaginative, clever, funny and ridiculously original. I know quality and original work when I see it, and you've published it. You owe it to yourself to keep pushing this rock up the hill until you get over the top... it will be rewarded in the end.

John LeGear
Timothy Communications
Palos Hills, IL


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Steve Cole, long-time athletic trainer at the College of William and Mary, read the book with his nine-year-old daughter Sidney. Apparently they didnít object to the gore. Coleís comment: “I want one of those severed head desk trophies.”

Steve Cole
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
I read this GEM of a book and laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my cheeks! Magnificent, hilarious, heart-warming, cynical! Did I tell you I am still laughing?

Rebel Brown Calhoun
Dallas, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
I would like to meet this character.

Alicia Sullivan, 86
retired psychiatric nurse
Cape Coral, FL


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
This outrageous book should be banned! Nobody of any age needs to read about this rude and disrespectful child. Evan is clearly headed for reform school.

Reverend Good E. Tushooz
Tongue-in-Cheek, AL


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
The second installment is as hilarious as the first. Evan and his mom haven’t run out of stories to tell! Evan’s wild imagination adds hilarity to the original account, funny enough as it is.

Sara Haji, 19
journalism student
University of Texas, Austin, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
I enjoyed this book immensely. I can relate to the stories according to Evan more as a parent. The stories of young Evan make me chuckle and the actual handwritten notes are priceless.

Bobby Chan
optometrist
Dallas, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
A stroke of genius. Illustrations are wonderful. A perfect book for parents of teenagers. Congratulations!

Pam Donahoo
Executive Director, American Mensa
Arlington, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Evan is back – in rare form as usual – with his imaginative take on everything from stiffing the tooth fairy to pets that resemble their owners to getting the best return on investment at Christmastime.

Rachael Oats
Manager Special Projects, NATA
Dallas, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
We got the “real” story first (sorry, Evan) and then Evan’s interpretation of the same event. It reminds us young people don’t always see things the same way we do.

Carol Bancells
home hospital teacher, Harford County School
Parkton, MD


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
I can’t tell which side is more entertaining and enriching. Wisdom and humor abound. If you are anyone at all, you should buy this book! Hurry…

Virgil Carter, 60
CEO, American Soc. of Mechanical Engineers
New York City


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Evan Brain’s Christmas List is just plain fun. The illustrations are fantastic.

Patty Kimmel
teacher
Boone, NC


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Cute! I liked your stories and how kids relate to them. Nice job.

Pam Ermis
Reading Recovery/Literacy Teacher
Mark Twain Primary School, Alvin, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Very good use of imagination at work. I like Evan’s version better than Eve’s.

Connie Powers
teacher, Mark Twain Primary School
Alvin, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Evan should join the Marines. He would learn the meaning of the term “suck it up, Marine,” and would not go on strike. Loved the drawings. Very “Star Wars.” Astute, funny and down to earth. Enjoyable for adults and children – like Shrek.

Cheryl Cox Kinney, MD, 52
Dallas, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Great imagination! Good book for older children. Loved the illustrations and Evan’s interpretations!

Karla Klyng
teacher, Mark Twain Primary School
Alvin, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
I don't know which perspective I valued more, Evan's mom or the different, humorous, always powerful perspective of Evan.

Velma R. Hart
Mother and busy professional trying to understand her children


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Readers of all ages are sure to connect in some way with Evan and his antics.

Chelsea Young, 20
Dallas, TX


Evan Brain’s Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil
Ten-year-old Rachel from Waterbury, CT reacts to Evan Brainís Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil with a bit of her own sass. “I love the Evan Brain's Christmas book. Tell Evan if I was a Namerax Lakewolf I would be laughing my Namerax Lakewolf guts out. P.S. Evan instead of the reader dying 1,000 deaths in the flaming mud pits of Ulkrak III why don't you?
P.S. Evan instead of the reader dying 1,000 deaths in the flaming mud pits of Ulkrak III why don't you?
P.P.S. Just kidding.”

Rachel S., 10
Waterbury, CT