SUPERHERO DAD by Timothy Knapman


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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A small blond boy describes the many ways his nebbishy dad is a superhero.

From super snoring to super breakfasts (“toast with chocolate, and fruit, ice cream, and cake!”), this dad makes everything fun, playing dinosaurs, lifting and carrying his son, and building him an amazing (but rickety) wooden castle (not without a thumb injury, though, but he meant to do that!). These things might not seem like superhero deeds to most readers, and the narrator sees that question coming. He explains about the noises he hears at night in his room and how his dad comes in to rescue him with the flick of a light switch and his presence. “ ‘Superhero Dad,’ I say, / ‘you are the best by miles!’ / My dad says, / ‘I’m no Superhero,’ / then he stops and smiles. / ‘But I know a Superhero / who is brave and kind and fun. Who is it? // Why, it’s you! You are my SUPERHERO SON!’ ” It’s a sweet concept, but the execution is a little off. Knapman’s rhythm sometimes stumbles in his rhyming verses. Berger’s digital illustrations are filled with the bright colors that scream comics, though there aren’t as many sound effect balloons as one might expect from a superhero story. Both characters are white.

Ready to fight boredom in a single bound, at least for a few minutes. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 26th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-7636-8657-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2016


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