Bumblebee Boy is back in his own adventure in this imaginative romp through the sometimes complex world of big-brotherhood.
In his striped shirt and purple mask and cape, Sam, a.k.a. Bumblebee Boy, fights his evil enemies. But his crime fighting is constantly interrupted by his little brother, who wants to play, too. Torn between wanting not to be mean to Owen but still hoping to play alone, Sam puts Owen off by saying he cannot play because he is not a superhero. Undaunted, Owen returns with a cape, only to be told that is not enough to face the Fire Dragon, nor is the “mask” he has chosen quite right for taming Giganto, the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion. But regardless of Owen’s attire, Bumblebee Boy sure appreciates the help of the tiny “soup hero” in cutting off the bank robbers’ escape. And he actively seeks out Owen’s help in defeating a bunch of aliens on the moon. But will Owen agree to play with him, or is he too much involved in his own imaginary game now? A little compromise and some brotherly love save the day in the end. Soman’s artwork is a delightful foray into the realm of make-believe, nicely balancing the props that Sam is using against what he imagines them to be. And Owen’s interferences are delightfully tongue-in-cheek—the tot hangs on to the fierce Fire Dragon’s tale and tames Giganto with a belly rub.
Super on so many levels. (Picture book. 3-7)