Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review: Even Superheroes Make Mistakes by Shelly Becker

by Shelly Becker
Illustrated by Eda Kaban
Sterling Children's Books
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

What do young superheroes do when they’ve blundered and bungled? They don’t get mad; they get SMART! This fun follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days teaches kids another humorous lesson in overcoming adversity.

Even superheroes sometimes slip up and err. And when that happens, do they say, “It’s not FAIR?” or give up in despair? NO! “Ashamed Superheroes who goofed up somehow . . . First STOP . . . then CONSIDER what’s best to do now.”  Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up, get on with their day, and keep on saving the world in the most super way!


These superheroes try their best and usually live up to their name, but sometimes mistakes—silly and clumsy—can be harder to handle then the most evil villain.

Superheroes are expected, and often do, save the day, but despite the most awesome super powers, superheroes are not perfect. A plan gone wrong, a misstep disaster or simply something left in the oven too long...these make the superheroes wonder how super they really are and leave their fans wondering too. But what does a true superhero do when they make the biggest mess in history? The only thing a true hero can do.

This is the second book about superheroes from author Shelly Becker, and it is as quicky and super as the first. Everyone makes mistakes—this is an important message everyone needs to hear again and again. But the message doesn't stop there. The true mastery isn't in only realizing the mistakes, it's in how the mistake is handled afterwards. These heroes make silly mistakes, super mistakes and simply everyday mistakes. Readers will giggle, gasp and even see themselves in these amazing fighters.

The illustrations are bold, action-packed and invite to glancing through again and again. The superheroes vary in every possible way, and there's a list on the front and back jacket which portrays each hero. In other words, listeners can find their favorites.

The text fits the intended age group nicely and keeps the scenes and mistakes as fast-paced as anything which involves superheroes should be. Some of the rhymes don't flow quite as well as they could and other times, we had to go back and read a section twice to keep pace with what was happening. Still, the book is a treat and sure to make superhero fan hearts beat at super sonic speed.

And here they are...

The Author...
Sherry Becker is the author of Sterling's Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, which Kirkus called "an action-packed romp," and Mine! Mine! Mine! which has been included in many top 5 and top 10 lists of books to teach the concept of sharing. In addition, Shelly is the author of more than 15 children's novelty books She lives in Toronoto, Canada and is available for interview. You can follow her on Twitter at @shellybeckerbooks

The Illustrator...
Eda Kaban was raised in Turkey and studied illustration in the US. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and her illustrations have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration, and 3X3. She lives in Oakland, CA. Follow her on Twitter at @petiteturk

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