Things got so crazy at the Des Moines Public Library this morning that we had to hire a few extra super heroes to contain the crowds.

Reading Road Trip 2010!

I always love it when fellow super heroes show up to help with a big audience. It helps me keep my cool.

Reading Road Trip 2010!

Super heroes come in all shapes and sizes. As you can see, they also wear many different types of outfits to strike fear into the hearts of villains.

Reading Road Trip 2010!

But you don’t need a fancy costume to be a super hero.

Reading Road Trip 2010!

All you need is to protect truth, justice, the American way, and dancing. Always protect the dancing.

Reading Road Trip 2010!

This afternoon we didn’t need any super heroes at the Ames Public Library. We had Smyles the guard dog to protect us.

Reading Road Trip 2010!

We had our biggest Ames crowds yet, with a count of 567 happy story time fans!

Reading Road Trip 2010!

Energetic crowds help make it easy to keep my cool on stage.

Reading Road Trip 2010!

And with the beautiful weather we had this afternoon, I think all the audience kept their cool too!

Reading Road Trip 2010!

Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Using an atomic laser cutter to slice watermelon might be overkill, but it just tastes so much better that way.