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About the Author

Mike Byrne is a successful children's picture book illustrator who lives and works in London, while his imagination runs wild elsewhere. He is best known for his inventive treatment of stories, conjuring up curious scenes and characters with a childlike excitement and lots of vivid color and texture.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Purim
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761390626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761390626
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dorothy K. Kushner on February 3, 2013
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First, it's a good story, written well for the target age group (4-9). Second, it conveys the essence of the Purim Story applied to the problems every child has to deal with, but it's not didactic or preachy. Third, the context is a supportive two-dad family, with a helpful sister too. Fourth, the illustrations are charming and clear. Fifth, the author is my daughter.
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We picked this book belatedly, after finding out about the controversial issue of the main character coming from a "non-traditional family". The big "issue" was quickly disposed of when my 4-year-old daughter asked, "Why are there two daddies?" and we responded "Because some families have two daddies", and she replied "Ok!" without further question.

The main character in the book is trying to decide what to wear for his Hebrew School's Purim carnival; he wants to dress up as a space alien, but all his friends are going as superheroes (from the Marvel and DC pantheons; my daughter could name them all except Wolverine). Feeling pressured to do what everyone else does instead of what he wants to do, Nate seeks out advice from his daddies, and learns about the bravery of Queen Esther back in Biblical times. His ultimate costume choice is creative and inspirational, and everybody winds up happy.

My daughter loved the book and asked me to read it again as soon as I finished the first time. So that counts as a big thumb's-up from her.

If there's a complaint, it's that the author seems to forget that Superman is both a space alien AND a superhero at the same time... had Nate been given that information at any point in the book, he wouldn't have had such a difficult choice in selecting his Purim costume.
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It’s Purim and Nate is trying to figure out what costume he wants to wear. He loves aliens, but all the other boys at his Hebrew school are dressing up as superheroes and he wants to fit in! With the help of his Daddy and his Abba, Nate finds a creative solution to his costume dilemma.

Pros: Loved the totally normalized presence about two dads. This is very much a book about a kid trying to figure out how to be true to himself and not in any way about the “problem” of having two dads. Totally fits my personal goal of finding books where kids happen to have two dads or two moms, but the book isn’t ABOUT that. And the illustrations are cute.

Cons: If you are hoping to learn more about Purim, this isn’t the book for you. Judging by some of the other reviews, lots of folks bought this book hoping to get a Purim story, and here Purim is really more a plot device than the point.

The Bottom Line: Cute! Normalizing! Nice to have a picture book about a Jewish family with same-sex parents. Would recommend.
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Maybe I didn't read the description right, but I felt totally let down when I read the book. I thought this was a book where the main character was to dress up like a superhero for Purim and then "save the day" sort of story. However, this was a story about peer pressure to be a superhero for Purim. I felt creativity was lacking a lot for this story and none of the characters were that amazing. I realize this is just a kids book, but I bought two other Purim books at the same time and they were wonderfully written. I would suggest The Barnyard Purim or The Queen Who Saved Her People. Both are much more clever than this one. Also, I bought the book to highlight the Purim season and there was only one page about it the actual Purim story! All the details of it were left out except to highlight that she was brave. All in all, would NOT recommend it. I returned my copy.
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I was really excited when I was asked to review The Purim Superhero as I was raised in a Catholic household and really know nothing about Purim. Now that I am a mommy and married to someone who is of a different religious background we are trying to introduce our daughter to a wide variety of faiths.

I have to say that overall I was disappointed in this book. Although this is a children’s book, I still believe that there is a great deal more that the author could have done with the story.

For starters, the book is called The Purim Superhero; however, after reading the book I know nothing more about Purim than when I began. It was briefly mentioned and then swept under the rug. While I appreciate the authors desire to write a book about the importance behind standing on one’s own two feet and how powerful this “movement” can be, I guess I did not really think it necessary. I guess the title of the book lead me to believe I was going to be reading about a little superhero but that was not the case.

More importantly, I feel this book really missed the mark in introducing a more “diverse” family life. The main character of the book, Nate, has a daddy and Abba; two daddy’s. While that is great in theory, there was no other diversity in the storyline. If you look at the characters in the book they all look the same. In my opinion, it is difficult to convey a message if you only go halfway.

Is this a cute story? I really think it has/had the potential to be. Unfortunately, I think the author tried to “pack” too much in to the storyline of a book that should be somewhat simple as it is geared towards children age 4 to 9. Why not just focus on Purim, diversity, or the importance of being yourself and being proud of who you are?
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