Even Superheroes Have Bad Days (Even Superheroes #1)

by Shelly Becker (Author) Eda Kaban (Illustrator)

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days (Even Superheroes #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
"Full of action and vibrancy. . . .A good way to soothe bad days away." --School Library Journal

When Superheroes don't get their way,
when they're sad, when they're mad, when they've had a bad day . . .
. . . they COULD super-tantrum, they COULD but they DON'T,
because REAL Superheroes just WOULDN'T--they WON'T!

All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes--even young superheroes! But what do they do when they're having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they're sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they're feeling overwhelmed.

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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

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Praise for Shelly Becker's Mine, Mine, Mine!
"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
Shelly Becker
Shelly Becker is the author of Mine! Mine! Mine! (Sterling), which has appeared on many "top 5" and "top 10" lists of books to teach the concept of "sharing" over the years (including newspapers, school libraries, the PBS/Sesame Street website, and more). In addition, Shelly has written more than 15 children's novelty books for Tormont, and sold stories and poems to Highlights for Children and Hopscotch for Girls magazine. She lives in Montreal, Canada.

Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey and studied illustration in the US. Her work can be seen in galleries throughout California and in a variety of publications. She has worked with clients such as Chronicle Books, Random House, Scholastic, Harper, Lufthansa Airlines, Mattel, and the Village Voice. Her illustrations have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, and 3X3. She lives in San Francisco, CA, and when she's not drawing, you can find her biking the hills of the Bay Area with her husband.

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Publication date
September 20, 2016
Even Superheroes

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