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Everyone could use a superhero in their life

Luci Hand

Luci Hand

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Updated: June 13, 2013 5:52PM



I was never big into superheroes and comic books when I was little. My mother was not thrilled with comic books so they tended to be few and far between and always seemed to “disappear” quite quickly. I do remember being intrigued with Wonder Woman. She was really cool. I’ve always wanted a magic lasso.

“Mungo and Spiders From Space” by Timothy Knapman and Adam Stower introduces Captain Galacticus and Gizmo. Mungo’s mother has bought him a comic book at a garage sale. It is tattered and taped but still exciting. He begs his mother to read it to him at bedtime and she does.

We follow along as they explore space and fight the Gigantic Robot Spider. Dr. Frankenstinker is behind the plot and just as things are really exciting, the story stops. The rest of the comic is missing. Mom says make up your own ending and leaves Mungo staring at the last page.

All of a sudden, with a boom and zoom, Mongo is heading into the story. We watch as they continue to fight Dr. Frankenstinker for the last page of the book. Mungo rescues it and gives it to Captain Calacitcus so that he can complete the book.

If you are a fan of the Lady Bug Girl books as I am, you will love “The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy” by David Soman and Jacky Davis.

Sam is Bumblebee Boy in his striped shirt and cape and mask. He has a sword and goes out into the world for adventure and fun. Unfortunately, little brother Owen wants to play too, but Bumblebee Boy flies alone.

We watch as his plans to play are constantly interrupted by Owen. When the cat (which has become a lion) is petted on the tummy by Owen, the thrill is gone.

Finally, he talks Owen to leaving him alone, only to find himself overwhelmed with wild aliens and he needs a partner. Together, they fight the aliens and the bank robbers. Sometimes, you just need a partner.

Ever think about where little superheroes go to school? We learn about it in “Superhero School” by Aaron Reynolds and Andy Rash.

Leonard knows he has unusual powers and he is thrilled to go to Superhero School. Unfortunately, his teacher, Blue Tornado, doesn’t agree with his idea of what they should learn. Blue Tornado teaches them math. Boring! Leonard wants to leap tall buildings, put out fires and save bridges.

Then, one day Leonard goes to school to find it closed and there is a note that the teachers have been kidnapped and are in the snare of the dreaded Ice Zombies. Leonard and his classmates team up and head off to rescue the teachers.

I love the part where the girl superhero refuses to take the boys with her because she won’t touch a boy. Even under these circumstances, cooties must be considered.

When they the rescue is complete, Blue Tornado compliments them on passing their math quiz. They had to use what they had learned. Leonard decided that Superhero School wasn’t so boring after all.



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