The Man of Steel helps kids learn about science.
Superman can fly, see through walls, outrun bullets, and stop runaway trains. His powers may be out-of-this-world, but the science behind each power is rooted in reality. In this science book readers learn about flight, X-rays, speed, strength, and more. The text is broken down into examinations of each power Superman has at his disposal and expands upon it with real-world science. Young readers curious about flight will learn about physics, aerodynamics, the history of humans in flight, etc. Readers interested in Superman’s supervision can read about human and animal eyes, various technological enhancements of sight, and so forth. The information is presented in easily digestible paragraphs that can be read discretely. Small scientists can read about one area or several with ease. The book’s layout is a bit ho-hum, in contrast to its subject. Various shades of blue provide a backdrop for text boxes, unremarkable photographs, and drawings. Images of Superman (seemingly modeled after Bruce Timm’s take on the character from the 1990s cartoon Superman: The Animated Series) pop up here and there, but they don’t interact with or comment on the information presented. There’s no stylistic difference in the design among topics, which makes flipping through the book a bit of a drab chore.
A serviceable science text for curious and nerdy readers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)