Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Even Superheroes Make Mistakes Book Review

Two year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the book Even Superheroes Have Bad Days and now those heroes are back to fight another day in Even Superheroes Make Mistakes. With superheroes still being popular on TV and in film it makes a lot of sense to have them make an appearance in books too.

Even superheroes sometimes slip up and err. And when that happens, do they give up in despair? NO!

Whether they've nabbed the wrong guys by mistake or bashed right through planets while flying in space, all superheroes fess up their mess-up, get on with their day, and save the world in their most super-way.

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Characters from the previous book return in this latest edition including Thrash, Screecher and my favourite Typhoon. It's characters like these that have the potential to get reluctant readers reading as well as learning some important lessons at the same time.

But if superheroes can't take their errors in stride, they might look for a way to excuse, blame or hide.

Using the same formula or rhyming words, witty sentences and brilliantly entertaining illustrations, children get to see the superhero's successes and failures, this I think is the best part because kids should know that they won't get things right every time, it is how they react to those mistakes that really counts.

The story begins with a picture of the superheroes being tied up and the baddies seemingly winning/getting away with a robbery. Not the way we want things to end but you can't win every battle.

They don't get mad; they get SMART!

As you turn the pages their are plenty of opportunities to ask your child what they might do if faced with the same problems that the superheroes are dealing with. Would they run and hide? Could they think of a solution? Should they apologise for their mistakes?

What this story does is not only getting young ones to think about their actions but about the consequences of those actions too, the impact a mistake or a lie could have on others. Children will start to see that they too can be a superhero just by being open and honest.

They could hang their heads down, they could, but they don't! Because real superheroes just wouldn't, they won't!

Even Superheroes Make Mistakes is a book the manages to capture a child's imagination whilst nudging them to think of others and to have the courage to keep going even things don't go as they might have planned.

I'm hoping they'll be more books to come in this series.

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