THE ADVENTURES OF WRONG MAN AND POWER GIRL! by C. Alexander London

THE ADVENTURES OF WRONG MAN AND POWER GIRL!

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?” Not Wrong Man!

In this picture-book collaboration, London and Morrison present a sweet and amusing flight of fancy in which Janice, a young black girl sent to her room as punishment by her father, reimagines him as the bumbling, red-spandex–clad action hero Wrong Man. Though well-intentioned (much like Janice’s father), Wrong Man cannot help botching every rescue he attempts—from foiling a bank robbery to stopping an asteroid—in the most spectacular of ways. Fortunately for him, he has his resourceful daughter, aka Power Girl, to provide common-sense solutions to the problems that they face. Morrison’s colorful artwork nicely mimics the style and feel of a vintage comic book, panels and layering lending the book a dynamic feel. The book’s most wonderful feature is the positive and loving depiction of a black father-daughter superhero pair whose race is immaterial to the storyline or to their family dynamic. Young readers will undoubtedly see themselves and the adults in their lives reflected in these characters and will take delight in seeing the child protagonist as the voice of reason even as she acknowledges that her parents are right some of the time.

A lighthearted adventure story that charms and entertains. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 6th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-399-54893-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2018




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