Despite loudly colored cartoon art, ornate poster-style text and a rewrite option, this introduction to a pipsqueak with superhero dreams just spins its wheels.
Looking particularly vacant in cape and tighty whities worn outside his pants, popeyed Timmy fantasizes about pummeling bad guys “until they resemble a rather old and rotten aubergine” and saving damsels in distress. At the very least, he’d like to shake bullies at school until they puke. In the end, though, just fetching his mum’s keys from under the sofa gives him that proper heroic feeling and earns a hug. As possible evidence that this perfunctory storyline has been made deliberately bland, a mouse spectator at the end professes to find it nauseating. Readers who agree can add their own, presumably superior, narratives to subsequent go-rounds with the same art and place their versions on a digital bookshelf next to—surprise!—links to other free and for-purchase tales from this provider. As further intellectual stimulus for budding authors, a cross-dressing elf puts in an early cameo, and later views present bullies subjected to wedgies or other humiliations.
Budding authors may be tempted to weigh in, but the cheap yuks and the overall design seem less funny than overcaffeinated. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)