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Even Superheroes Have Bad Days Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Everyone has a bad day now and then—even superheroes. In this tale, readers see superheroes with great skills, abilities, and strength succumb to ill moods. Nonetheless, "upset superheroes have all sorts of choices…./Instead of destruction and loud, livid voices/they burn angry steam off with speed-of-light hiking/or super-Xtreme outer space mountain biking." The text acknowledges all the damage that the heroes could inflict, but "with great power comes great responsibility." Readers learn how these champions channel their energies in positive ways. This narrative is filled with diverse characters, from caped crusaders to badly behaving villains. However, the rhyming story is long and somewhat forced. The art is done with digital tools to create a cartoon appearance, full of action and vibrancy. VERDICT A suitable read-aloud choice to acknowledge intense feelings and diversify superhero collections. A good way to soothe bad days away.—Briana Moore, Elmont Memorial Library, NY
“When superheroes have bad days, things could get horrific for everyone. Fortunately though, superheroes have supercontrol over their emotions, according to this lighthearted exposé on how a group of superheroes deal with their frustrations. Superheroes could cope with their bad days by tossing trucks and buses around, crumbling buildings into rubble, or igniting fires with their laser eyes. But instead, they double down and use their superpowers for good deeds, such as hatching ‘super-plans to help banish world sadness / Building fabulous theme parks for giggles and gladness’ The eight superheroes, depicted in a retro cartoon-style, embody an abundant assortment of powers and come in various sizes and shapes, including both genders plus one green, horned monster. Scenes envisioning the chaos and mayhem they could cause if they let their tempers get the better of them are balanced by calmer scenes of the celebratory
events that result from their good deeds . . . a spoonful of superheroes certainly helps the message go down.” —Booklist
“This narrative is filled with diverse characters, from caped crusaders to badly behaving villains. . . . The art is done with digital tools to create a cartoon appearance, full of action and vibrancy. VERDICT A suitable read-aloud choice to acknowledge intense feelings and diversify superhero collections. A good way to soothe bad days away.” —School Library Journal
“The book will enchant young readers and their parents for many years to come, and is destined to become a modern classic.” —Children’s Literature
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I LOVE this book- Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker. What a great message to send to kids. It's hard for kids to express their emotions and what they're feeling, so we want them to understand that it's okay to have a bad day. We all have them--even superheroes. However, the tricky part is teaching kids to control their emotions when they're having a bad day and might be upset. That's where this book does an amazing job.
Yeah--superheroes could throw trucks and buses across several states, they could use laser eyes to ignite forest fires, or maybe even knock over buildings like towers of blocks when they're upset. But they don't. I know in my class, I'm constantly teaching my students that they have choices. By using this book, we can remind them that superheroes have choices, too. Even though they could choose destruction (just like we could), they don't. Instead, they find other ways to acknowledge their emotions and wait to calm down. Maybe, perhaps this will remind our students to do the same and they'll be able to channel their inner superhero!
Superheroes have bad days, but if they throw a tantrum even super villains have to run and hide. Through action packed illustrations, the problems superheroes have to control their bad emotions becomes crystal clear. But they do it (after all, they are superheroes) and this book gives a peek into their emotion controlling secrets.
The front and back inside cover show each of the eight superheroes depicted in this book and give them a name, so that kids can get to know each one a little better. On the first page kids are greeted with a scene that hits home--a superhero is angry and lets it out on something he shouldn't. No worries. Despite anger and depressive super outbursts, this book is perfect for kids ages three and up.
The text is kept to a minimum, offering only a few lines of rhyme over the pages. It's not always the smoothest read and at times a bit odd, but the message is brought over clear and in a way which is sure to make kids smile or wrinkle their forehead in thought.
The illustrations are superhero worthy--colorful, full of action, and make it clear what's going on. The extra details insure that kids will find new things when they flip through the pages again and again. Which they will.
The ending offers quick, subtle ways in which superheroes deal with their emotions. These are sure to inspire kids as well.
Summed up, this is a clever way to teach kids how to handle bad emotions. Especially boys will love diving into this action packed world and will enjoy explosions, super speed and maybe a little more patience.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.