Golden Books can be tricky because there's such a broad range in their prose. How to Be a Superhero is definitely on the youngest end of the spectrum, a good adjacency to Big Heroes! and Flower Power!, with just one to two sentences per page. This is perfect for those littlest superheroes who are getting into comics but don't necessarily have character affinities yet.
How to Be a Superhero chronicles Captain Mighty stopping crime and a young boy who wants to be like him. So Captain Mighty asks the boy what his super-powers will be, they go through a quick list of "fly or fast" "quills or webs" etc, and when Turbo Troll attacks the mayor, the boy saves the day and becomes the Silver Cyclone ("cyclone", btw, the most difficult vocabulary word in the book).
Now any kids older than about 5 are going to want to know where the super-powers come from, and why plodding through a laundry list suddenly makes the boy a superhero, but these aren't questions most 2 - 4yo's will ask, which is who this is geared towards. It's not the most amazing or engaging story, and it's unlikely to be a favorite for long as your little ones grow into more interesting characters, but for that snapshot in time, like first steps or first words, this first superhero book is perfect.
- Hardcover: 24 pages
- Publisher: GOLDEN BOOKS; 1 edition (1 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385387377
- ISBN-13: 978-0385387378
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 90.7 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)