From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–This sunny picture book opens with the stirring words, “My dad is a superhero.” However, readers soon discover that he is not a caped crusader: he is a United States soldier in fatigues. As the proud boy explains, Dad has real-life corollaries to the traditional superhero accessories, for example, a rifle instead of a laser gun. The illustrations often flesh out the child's vision. The words on one spread, “He can't fly–well, sometimes he can,” are accompanied by a picture of Dad and his buddies parachuting from a plane. The bright, cartoon artwork makes the book child-friendly and evokes superhero comic books. Meanwhile, the luminous watercolors make the difficult subject matter approachable for young children faced with separation from military parents. Hardin's first-person narrative helps them voice their own feelings, and reassuringly, this dad comes home. For most collections, especially those serving military communities.Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Beginning with the statement “My dad is a superhero,” a young boy shares information about activities engaged in by his father, an American soldier stationed in what looks to be the Middle East. The boy’s simple narration and the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations make it clear that the superhero status doesn’t come from a fantasy (e.g., flying through the air, X-ray vision) but from the very real actions soldiers perform daily in the course of duty: driving a tank, jumping out of an airplane, and so on. Although there are many picture books available about a parent in the military, what makes this unique is the very basic format, featuring one sentence per double-page spread, and the solemn, uncluttered illustrations clearly portraying the father’s actions. Another nice tweak is Hardin’s focus on the activities of the military parent, while many other authors tend to focus on the child’s activity while the parent is away. Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos