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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Byron Preiss Book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1st edition (October 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060565594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060565596
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–The evil Ice King and his trolls have captured Santa! It takes the superpowers of the Protector, his wife (the Protectress), and their two children–soon to be the Young Protectors–to save the day. One might expect the story to be told in comic-strip panels with conventional cartoon illustrations. However, this tale is related in a straight narrative with realistic paintings rendered in pastels and mixed media. Ultimately, this is a contrived and forgettable story that young readers can easily skip.–V. W.
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Stan Lee is the creator of SpiderMan and the force behind Marvel Comics.

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By John Hartnett on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't mean this review to be entirely complimentary. I have to say, that even for a little kid, this reads like a fever dream in typeset. I know this to be so because my very discerning 4 year old grandson Matthew, after a few readings, started to find plot holes that you could fly Santa's sleigh through.

"Those kids knew that their Daddy was a superhero but not their Mommy?"

"Why weren't those kids in bed? Santa won't come if they're awake."

"Why would Santa get a speeding ticket?"

Really, this story is very similar to Stan's mainstream superhero stories.

Incredible leaps over logic, one dimensional characters in a two dimensional world, unfunny witticisms...

And yet, SUPERHERO CHRISTMAS sticks with you, thanks in great part to the wonderful art of Tim Jessel. He brings believability to the preposterous story, just as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others did back in the days of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

Then too, consider this. Wouldn't someone who is superstrong (lifts a infinitely heavy bag full of toys), superfast (around the world in 24 hours), has small-sized sidekicks, and who believes in the goodness of man be a superhero? Why wouldn't fellow superheroes come to his rescue? And why wouldn't the heroes of last resort be the smallest and most powerless of all?

It all fits together, in some warm, wacky way.

Matthew agrees with that opinion. He wants me to read it again to him next Christmastime.

Thanks, Stan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NY READER on December 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
tim jessell has outdone himself in the artwork--think frazetta crossed with buscema
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Format: Hardcover
I have some HUGE superhero fans in this house and they really love this book. I think it's especially appealing to them since the kids get to be heroes, too. They are also captivated by the amazing illustrations and the exciting storyline. I appreciated the subtle humor.

It's nice to see a book with both parents and kids who have a good relationship with those parents. Overall, a fun book sure to please anyone who likes caped crusaders!
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My little boys, age 5 and 4, have literally requested it read to them about 3 dozen times over the past week.
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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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