Even Superheroes Need Snacks

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The thing is, it takes a lot of energy to be Awesome Man..But sometimes I get so busy being awesome all the time that I forget.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, written by Michael Chabon and illustrated by Jake Parker

Rescuing the World from the Robotic Cookie Monster!

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If we don’t stop him soon, Harry thought, there won’t be a single cookie left in the whole city – and it will be all my fault!

Horsie swooped down right in front of CookieBot. then he dropped the bait: an enormous rainbow sugar cookie.

-CookieBot! A Harry and Horsie Adventure, written by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew

Henry Stays in Superhero School

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All of a sudden, a little boy stands in front of the monster. “Hey horrible monster! I bet you can’t catch me!” It’s Henry! …Only when the monster turns the corner does it see what Henry is up to. The monster tries to stop but it’s too late…Thanks to Henry’s super-prank, the other superheros can tie down the monster…

Superhero School, written by Thierry Robberecht and illustrated by Philippe Goossens

Giggle Book Award: Conflict Is Fun

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The Giggle Book Award goes to Baron Von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident!

Most children’s books focus on conflict from the perspective of reducing (or eliminating) the competition or personality war that is being waged between two people. When peace is established, relationships flourish. Sometimes this an accurate scenario, and sometimes it is not.

Question Boy meets Little Miss Know-It-All by Peter Catalanotto explores the opposite perspective by illustrating the way verbal combat can start a friendship. Baron Von Baddie takes it a step further, by examining a friendship and a lifestyle built entirely around conflict.

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The story is told from the perspective of Baron Von Baddie, who is a classic evil-scientist bad guy. His nemesis is Captain Kapow, who is a standard-issue flying superhero with super-strength and a cape. The Baron accidentally captures Captain Kapow and spends about three weeks living life free from conflict and interruption. At first he loves it….and then he gets bored. Really. Bored. And stops building the robots he loves so much. So, the Baron releases Captain Kapow, which reignites his ability to design and build new robots, and gets life back to normal. In the end, both the Baron and the Captain are clearly happy with their lives.

Around my house, this book is frequently requested because of the exciting capture, the impressive number of donuts the Baron eats (until he gets sick of them), the fact that he gets board and the equally impressive way that he escapes jail (every time). So, in many ways it’s a standard super hero story.

However, it also inspires the occasional discussion about boredom and the reasons why the Baron and the Captain keep doing what they do.

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“The Baron had a stunning revelation. He missed Captain Kapow! What was the point of creating chaos if no one was trying to stop you?”

Baron Von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident by George McClements

Trouble Feels Good

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I used to wonder what the chances were that banks would so often be robbed in front of Superman, so many purses snatched outside the diner where Spider-Man drank his coffee. But now I knew they must have gone looking for trouble. Trouble, it turned out, felt good.

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

Ninjas Must Obey Rules

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This story shows, by way of illustrations, a child breaking many rules because he sees himself as a ninja. He is punished by both school and parents but the story implies that he continues to identify (and act) as a Ninja in secret.

If you have a ninja-wannabe in the house, it may be prudent to review this book before reading it to your budding superhero.

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“Don’t forget, a ninja must learn to pretend that he is not really a ninja…even when he is.”

Ninja Boy Goes to School, written by N.D. Wilson and illustrated by J.J. Harrison

Pretending Through The Storm

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“All week at school the sky was so blue. Now it’s my day for fun, this just can’t be true. It’s so stormy outside, the rain’s all I can see…I’ll make my own fun with a homemade costume! Now I’m a superhero!”

The Best Saturday Ever! written by Gary Cook and illustrated by Adam Sward

Superpower Family

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“Mom came running. She gave me a magic kiss, and then you know what happened? I felt all better…So now, you know what I think? I think my mom has superpowers too!”

The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo