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About The Book

Manny and his pal Gertie stand up for the environment—because every superhero needs a planet worth saving—in this companion to Super Manny Stands Up! from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Stephanie Graegin.

Every weekend, Manny and Gertie put on their capes to defeat earth-threatening dangers.


Stampeding dinosaurs, ferocious lions, and snapping, snarling veggie monsters are no match for this Super Duo. But when Manny and Gertie come face-to-face with swarms of litter bugs in the city park, will they be able to call on their superhero smarts to stand up for their planet?

About The Author

Photograph © David Roberts

Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and numerous other books for kids, including Super Manny Stands Up!Crafty Chloe, Zombie in LoveGaston, and Antoinette. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan. You can find out more about Kelly and her books at

About The Illustrator

Photograph courtesy of the illustrator

Stephanie Graegin is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio; Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins; Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon; Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox; and Listen by Gabi Snyder. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2018)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481459624
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"Super Manny returns to tackle an important environmental concern. . . . Fighting apathy just might be the most difficult battle Manny and Gertie have ever faced. A gentle lesson to always listen to your inner hero and help others do the same."

– Kirkus Reviews

"Manny and Gertie are cape-wearing superheroes saving the planet from danger every weekend. They battle imaginary adversaries all over town... a plastic six-pack ring around a real turtle’s neck spurs Manny and Gertie into action fighting their worst foes yet: litterbugs. Despite not understanding why no one else seems to care, the mighty, awesome duo get to work. Soon their hard work inspires others to be heroes and help clean up, too... DiPucchio’s text captures all the fun, enthusiasm, and power in being part of a superhero team. Graegin uses the technique that was so successful in Super Manny Stands Up! by combining the real and imaginary characters in her illustrations. This along with a mix of full-page spreads, white space, and dynamic text placement creates the perfect complement to the narrative. VERDICT: This second Manny story is just as successful as the first. It tackles personal responsibility, littering, friendship, and the joys of imaginary play in a realistic, nonpreachy manner. An entertaining and inspiring read-aloud choice."

– School Library Journal

Awards and Honors

  • Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature

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