More adventures in the life of Brave Rooney, a regular kid finding his way at a school for superheroes.
Following on series opener Brave Rooney (2011), the title character is still struggling to find his place as the only regular kid at Captain Majestic Memorial School, where all his classmates have superpowers. It’s not easy. He practices hard at soccer, but he’ll never have the supersoccer skills they have; he’s always the last to be picked in games at recess. When invited to participate in the Super Planetary Pig-Out, an eating contest, Rooney opts out, knowing it’s not a smart choice. But all the pigging out leaves the superheroes bursting out of their suits and too sluggish to win the big soccer game, giving Rooney a chance to save the day. Though its didactic themes are evident from the start, this app scores with compelling narration and sound effects (each can be toggled on and off), and interactive animations are planted throughout. Readers will be tickled by what’s hidden in the nurse’s cabinet or what’s inside the school desks in the biology classroom, and there is a goal-scoring game near the end. The cartoony ambience keeps the story light, making the nutritionally rewarding storyline go down fairly easy.
Rooney’s story effectively makes the case that the true heroes are just regular people who show up, make smart choices even when it’s hard and take the lead when the opportunity arises. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)