SUPERDOG by Caralyn Buehner


The Heart of a Hero
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Age Range: 7 - 9
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The Buehners convincingly suggest that heroes, super or otherwise, are self-made. Looking “like a plump sausage on four little meatballs,” Dexter the dachshund is derided by all the other pooches and even the hulking tomcat Cleevis. Determined, however, to turn his dreams of becoming a superhero into reality, he undertakes a relentless program of study and exercise, orders a form-fitting, red-and-green hero suit, and proudly takes on the work of a Hero. That could be helping a puppy cross the street, tackling a purse-snatcher, putting out a trash-can fire, or organizing a neighborhood cleanup day. Flexing stubby but well-muscled arms, Dex cuts a distinctive figure in the illustrations as he grows into his role, striding with new self-confidence through his all-animal urban community, ever ready to help those in need. In the end, he even rescues Cleevis from a tree, picking up a sidekick as a result. Faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? No—but this low-slung role model shows the inner stuff, both to transform himself, and to rise to the challenges that come his way. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-623620-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2004


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