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Trial by Fire!/Awesome Armory! (Marvel: Iron Man) (Deluxe Pictureback) Paperback – January 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Deluxe Pictureback
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Stk edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375865543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375865541
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,051,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After finishing all the Step Into Reading books in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures series, I decided to see if my son was as impressed with the "picture-back" Iron Man books. Good call there!

This book contains two separate stories - "Awesome Armory" and "Trial By Fire." Like the Step Into Reading books, these stories are based on episodes from the animated series (which I probably enjoy as much as my son does). "Trial By Fire" is based on the episode where Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) and his friends go chasing another of the Makluan rings that the Mandarin is after. His friends accidentally trigger a magical test, turning them each into the molten menace of Firebrand. Tony has to figure out a way to defeat Firebrand without hurting his friends. It's a good story, and one that emphasizes the values of friendship and teamwork.

The flip side story is called "Awesome Armory," and it's essentially a rundown on all the various armors that Iron Man used throughout the series (season 1 at least), from the Stealth Armor to the Space Armor to the Hulk-Buster (they're calling it the Dynamo-Buster here for some reason) and more. It's not much of a story, but my son LOVES reading about the different armor variations.

The reading level is perhaps a bit more advanced than the Step Into Reading books. The text is smaller, there are more words on the page, and the words are longer. I'm hoping that means we'll get another year or two's worth of challenge out of them.

Oh, and in between the two stories there are sheets of stickers, which was a fun bonus.

This one got a big "thumbs up" from my kindergartener. Trial By Fire/Awesome Armory is a great book for young Iron Man fans, and it makes a perfect starting point for the picture-back Iron Man series. Be sure to also check out the Iron Man Step Into Reading books too.
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