If you're visiting from Armchair BEA, welcome! My blog concentrates on middle grade literature, so review queries I get involve sports, potty jokes, talking animals and the like. Since these are books my students enjoy, I'm glad to have copies.
However, I recently received a book that REALLY needs to leave my house and go to an actual ten-year-old somewhere before I draft a whole super hero persona for my
self. Picking out a name, a slogan and a catch phrase, designing my
costume (Wonder Woman like bracelets that are actually slap
bracelet/bookmarks), recruiting a sidekick, formulating plans for my
lair, vehicle and weaponry... this has to stop! So if you know a reader who might enjoy the following book, make sure you fill out the Raffle Copter below.
King, Bart. and Paprocki, Greg. The Big Book of Superheroes.
April 1st 2014
by Gibbs Smith
Copy provided by the author.
is the perfect "nonfiction" companion to books like Peter Moore's V is for Villain, Kraatz's The Cloak Society, Cody's Powerless, and Carroll's Quantum Prophecy books. While more
amusing than informational, this heavily illustrated book covers all of
the basics about being a superhero. Comic superheroes are
analyzed and quoted, there are quizzes and activities (and disclaimers
about the chapters on flying), and amusing sidebars abound. (How to make
your own "jet pack". Sadly, not an operational one.)
can see this being a good book to give to a ten year old at the
beginning of the summer, but I need to use MY superpowers to
finish the laundry. For ten year olds with the
whole summer stretched out before them, this would be an awesome
resource and a great jumping off point for a lot of activities. Just
remember not to jump from very far up!
The only thing
that was a bit confusing was the use of traditional comic book
superheroes and ones that were made up. I did appreciate the appendix of
Early Superhero history, and readers who are really interested in the
topic will find further reading in the Selected Bibliography.
of course, this is a good opportunity to remind everyone that I have
been an actual Superhero for six years. Seriously. I appear in a Marvel Comic Book and everything.
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