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Superhero School

Kids love superheroes. But…

…superheroes are usually found in comics. And parents want kids to read books. Plus, superhero comics are often too violent for younger children.

Solution: books with superheroes.

Superhero School, by Aaron Reynolds, is just such a book, and it’s terrific.

Protagonist Leonard is a kid with super-strength and super-speed. When he gets sent to superhero school, he can’t wait. He looks forward to learning how to stop trains, and bend iron and clobber bad guys.

So he’s more than a little disappointed when the teacher at superhero school teaches them boring stuff like fractions, and division instead of flying and clobbering.

But when the ice zombies kidnap the teachers and threaten to take over the world, Leonard and his classmates sure are glad they have the math skills they’ll need to divide and conquer!

A terrific book, with a nice twist that kids might not see coming.

The illustrations are quirky-great; there’s only one illustration of clobbering and it’s just silly rather than violent.

Other great superhero books we’ve reviewed:
So your kid loves superheroes? No problem.
More superheroes.

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More superheroes

Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero.

Awhile ago, I posted about four great books that have the best of comics (superheroes, action) and the best of books (age appropriate, no violence). Here’s another one that looks really good.
Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero is about a boy who is just a normal kid during the day, but at night turns into a superhero, taming lions and chasing meteors. It’s got a great cover – why don’t more books use metallics?

I found another book with a superhero – Max The Mighty Superhero. I don’t know much about it, but if you click the link for it you can read some very positive parent reviews. I read the first couple of pages and it’s delightfully written.
In another book, Max is a movie director. I love it when authors produce books in a series, because when your kids get attached to a character, it’s nice for them to be able to keep reading about that character.
 
 
Sorry if you tried to “Click to LOOK INSIDE!” – I borrowed this image from the Amazon.ca website. Can I help it if they like to discourage borrowing by covering their books with writing? Also, I realize you can’t tell from this picture, but on the cover of the Eliot Jones book all the stars are metallic. Cool.
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So your kid loves superheroes? No problem.

When is a comic not a comic? When it’s a book.

I have nothing against comic books, except that sometimes they can be a bit violent and they’re not always terribly well-written. Fortunately, there is a healthier alternative.

These books have superheroes and illustrations like comic books, but they’re non-violent and the vocabulary is age-appropriate.

Perfect Man – Michael Maxwell McAllum suspects that his teacher is Perfect Man’s alter ego. A heartwarming book with a wonderful ending. My favourite.

Atomic Ace (He’s Just My Dad) – Atomic Ace misses his son’s recital because he’s battling crime. Even superhero dads mess up. The main text is written as a poem; the illustrations are very similar to a comic book.

Max – Born into a legendary family of superheroes, will little Max ever develop superpowers? The illustrations, and the characters, are cute and endearing.

Superhero ABC – From Astro-Man is always alert for an alien attack, to The Zinger zanily zigzags through the zero zone. Author Bob Mcleod illustrated Spiderman and Superman comics before this.

There’s also Atomic Ace and the Robot Rampage, which is also excellent but might be a bit scary for younger readers. If you know of any other superhero books like these, please let me know.

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