Superhero Dad

by Timothy Knapman (Author) Joe Berger (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
"Blazing with energy and saturated with love." -- Booklist Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his underwear outside his pants, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super-funny jokes, and he can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime! This vibrant, humorous, and warmhearted celebration of all the incredible things a dad can do is a fun tribute to the specialness of dads (and their superhero children!).

Publishers Weekly

"Dads are sometimes boring,/ but mine's not, and I'm glad,/ because, you see, he's secretly a.../ superhero dad!" With rhymes that bound along and equally energetic digital artwork, Knapman and Berger highlight a boy's love for his father, who looks like a Clark Kent-esque nerd but can make a truly super breakfast ("The very best is toast with chocolate,/ and fruit, ice cream, and cake!"); (mostly) knows his way around a hammer, nails, and saw; and scares away any nighttime monsters. Visual references to superhero comics and jokes at dad's expense, as when he holds the tiny family dog over his head like a weight lifter, add to a playful portrait of mutual father-son devotion. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--To an outsider, this curly-haired, bespectacled father may be an ordinary guy, but his admiring son knows the truth: "He's secretly a SUPERHERO DAD!" The boy goes on to list proof of his father's powers: he makes amazing pancakes, he tells the funniest jokes, he's super strong, and he can make the coolest castle. In one illustration, Dad's shadow outlines the superhero his son sees in him. Slightly flat multimedia textures complement vivacious line drawings, with bright colors and comic book motifs. The rhythm of the rhyming text feels slightly strained, but the book's large format and energetic artwork should make it a favorite around Father's Day. VERDICT A good purchase for parent-child lap-readings.--Rachel Anne Mencke, St. Matthew's Parish School, Pacific Palisades, CA

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Timothy Knapman
Timothy Knapman is a children's writer, lyricist, and playwright. He is the author of the picture books Soon, illustrated by Patrick Benson, and Dinosaurs Don't Have Bedtimes, illustrated by Nikki Dyson. He lives in Surrey, England.

Helen Oxenbury is a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of the 2015 Carle Artist Honor. She is a celebrated illustrator of many well-loved books, including Charley's First Night and When Charley Met Grampa, both by Amy Hest, Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, and There's Going to Be a Baby by her husband, John Burningham. Helen Oxenbury lives in London.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2016
Age Range
3 - 7 years

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