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Caped Crusaders and Daring Deeds: A
--selected by Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
Faster than a speeding train! More powerful
than a hundred men! The summer box office season is upon us and with
it, plenty of action flicks and superheroes to get young minds dreaming
about what heroic feats – or dastardly deeds – will be filling up those
long hot days. We jump on the bandwagon here with our tribute to the
wearers of capes and leotards – though we warn them to take Tim Gunn’s advice
before making any drastic costume choices.
Cadena, Beth. Supersister. Clarion, 2009.
The masked heroine of this picture book turns everyday tasks into epic
feats, fixing breakfast for herself and tying her mother’s shoes as she
awaits the arrival of a new sibling. (BCCB 11/09)
Cody, Matthew. Powerless. Knopf, 2009. Gr.
When twelve-year-old Daniel moves to Nobles Green, he quickly discovers
that his preteen superhero neighbors are the reason his new town is
called “The Safest Place on Earth.” Soon, however, his fantastic
friends are threatened and ordinary Daniel must use his own set of
skills to save the day. (BCCB 2/10)
Cross, Sarah. Dull Boy. Dutton, 2009. Gr.
Terrified he’ll be labeled a freak or worse, seventeen-year-old Avery
struggles to hide his increasing super strength and his sudden ability
to fly even as he tries to use these newfound powers for good. Just
when he finally finds friends that share his peculiar problem, a
terrifying villain threatens both his life and his world. (BCCB 9/09)
Danko, Dan and Tom Mason. Sidekicks.
Little, 2003. Gr. 3-7
Although serving as an apprentice sidekick to the legendary Pumpkin
Pete has not turned out to be as glamorous as he would have liked,
thirteen-year-old Guy Martin soon gets his chance at heroics and fame
when the Brotherhood of Rottenness kidnaps member of the League of Big
Justice. (BCCB 10/03)
Graham, Bob. Max. Candlewick, 2000. 4-7 yrs.
Despite his superhero parentage, little Max just can’t quite get the
knack of flying – until a little baby bird is in desperate need of his
help. (BCCB 1/01)
McLeod, Bob. SuperHero ABC. HarperCollins,
2006. 3-6 yrs.
The traditional ABC book gets supercharged here as the alphabet is
introduced through twenty-six original and highly amusing superheroes,
including Goo Girl and Powder Pup. Glossy, comic book–like
illustrations accompany the text. (BCCB 2/06)
Morse, Scott. Magic Pickle.
Graphix/Scholastic, 2008. Gr. 2-4.
This quirky graphic novel recounts the adventures of one Jo Jo Wigham,
a feisty tween who discovers a superhero pickle living underneath her
bed and joins forces with Weapon Kosher to rid the world of the
Brotherhood of Evil Produce. (BCCB 6/08)
Moore, Perry. Hero. Hyperion, 2007. Gr.
9-12. As the offspring of two ex-superheroes who no longer want
anything to do with caped crusading, Thom is forced to hide his
burgeoning powers despite his desire to use them for good. When his
talent attracts the attention of the League, however, Thom decides its
time to put his skills to use and sets out to save the world. (BCCB
Schwarz, Viviane. Timothy and the Strong
Pajamas. Levine, 2008. 4-7 yrs.
When his mother repairs his favorite pajamas with strong thread, sturdy
patches, and “buttons of braveness,” Timothy Smallbeats finds that his
wish to be extraordinarily powerful and mighty has come true. (BCCB
Shalant, Phyllis. The Great Cape Rescue.
Dutton, 2007. Gr. 4-6
In this series opener, Fin and his buddies decide that their entrance
into fourth grade requires them to stop playing such childish games as
superheroes. When they start hearing a strange voice emanating from
Fin’s old super cape, however, they uncover powers they never knew they
had. (BCCB 7/07)
Sniegoski, Thomas E. Legacy. Delacorte,
2009. Gr. 9-12.
High school dropout Lucas Moore’s carefree existence gets a little more
complicated when his long absent father shows up and reveals himself to
be the Raptor, Seraph City’s most famous superhero. (BCCB 1/01)
Weigelt, Udo. Super Guinea Pig to the
Rescue. Walker, 2007. 4-8 yrs.
Tired of his friends’ teasing, a guinea pig pretends to be his hero,
Super Guinea Pig, but when a daring stunt goes wrong and he falls in a
fishbowl, it’s his friends, not some superhero, that saves the day.