Celebrate the simplest of superpowers in ‘Superhero School’


SUPERHERO SCHOOL,” by Thierry Robberecht and Philippe Goossens, Clavis, Sept. 26, 2012, Hardcover, $15.95 (ages 3 and up)

Superheroes are supposed to have super powers, right? At super hero school, all the children are good at something— spitting fire, walking through walls, flying. Everyone except Henry. All the children love Henry. He’s funny and loves to pull pranks, but he’s also the worst student in the entire school.

As he watches his friends show off their super skills Henry begins to feel like maybe he doesn’t belong at Superhero School. Then, one day during class, a gigantic monster appears outside the windows. All the children try their best talents to stop it from smashing the school, but nothing seems to work. It’s then that Henry discovers his true talent and saves the day with a smile on his face.

“Superhero School” feels a little like a combination of “The Incredibles” and “Monsters Inc,” which isn’t a bad thing. Kids will love the bright colors, imaginative monster and daring little superheroes. They will also learn that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing and that humor can go a long way toward making a sticky situation better.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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