Move over Superhero Dad—there’s a new superhero in town.
As in their previous collaboration (2016), Knapman and Berger spin a young girl’s ordinary routine so that it seems her mother must be a superhero: whipping up breakfast (including “mending” the mixer with a screwdriver before using it), carrying a bunch of things (including her daughter!) and “flying” to the bus stop, making up fun games to play, kissing and bandaging injuries, and finding lost items. Knapman’s rhyming text sometimes stumbles in its rhythm, and the rhyme scheme, usually abcb, falters as it approaches the book’s conclusion. And unlike in the Dad title, in which the father turns the tables and says his son is the superhero for being “brave and kind and fun,” the mother here simply states: “Every mom’s a superhero / and so is every girl!” Rainbow-bright colors, dots, stripes, and stars fill the pages, befitting the superhero theme. Both mother and child are white with reddish hair, mom’s in a perky ponytail. Other parents and children in the background are diverse; all female characters sport eyelashes. Eyes—just black dots in otherwise white eyes—can sometimes appear manic rather than enthusiastic.
Superhero Dad would be the clear victor in a matchup against Superhero Mom, though neither can stand up to Superman. (Picture book. 4-8)