Bumblebee Boy is back in his own adventure in this imaginative romp through the sometimes complex world of big-brotherhood.
In his striped shirt and purple mask and cape, Sam, a.k.a. Bumblebee Boy, fights his evil enemies. But his crime fighting is constantly interrupted by his little brother, who wants to play, too. Torn between wanting not to be mean to Owen but still hoping to play alone, Sam puts Owen off by saying he cannot play because he is not a superhero. Undaunted, Owen returns with a cape, only to be told that is not enough to face the Fire Dragon, nor is the "mask" he has chosen quite right for taming Giganto, the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion. But regardless of Owen's attire, Bumblebee Boy sure appreciates the help of the tiny "soup hero" in cutting off the bank robbers' escape. And he actively seeks out Owen's help in defeating a bunch of aliens on the moon. But will Owen agree to play with him, or is he too much involved in his own imaginary game now? A little compromise and some brotherly love save the day in the end. Soman's artwork is a delightful foray into the realm of make-believe, nicely balancing the props that Sam is using against what he imagines them to be. And Owen's interferences are delightfully tongue-in-cheek—the tot hangs on to the fierce Fire Dragon's tale and tames Giganto with a belly rub.ÃÂ ÃÂ
Super on so many levels. (Picture book. 3-7)Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Ladybug Girl's sidekick Bumblebee Boy gets a story of his own in this entry in Soman and Davis's series, an account of a playtime truce between Sam and his younger brother, Owen. The husband-and-wife team bounce between spreads of Sam as Bumblebee Boy immersed in superhero fantasies--fighting Greenbeard the Evil Pirate or the Fire Dragon--with real-life intrusions in the form of eager Owen. "But I am soup hero too!" Owen cries as he tries to keep up with Sam, who isn't interested in sharing his games. Or is he? As in their previous titles, Soman and Davis demonstrate a sweet-tempered understanding of children's conflicting feelings: "It was kind of fun when Owen helped catch the bank robbers, but Sam is still not sure if he is ready to play with anybody else." The contrast between Sam's brawny superhero exploits and the humble domestic scenes from which they derive (the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion is the family kitty, the lunar surface a quilt) will charm readers, and so will the cute-as-a-button Owen in his blankie cape and aviator's hat with flaps. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC
PreS-Gr 1--"Bum Ba BUM BUMM!" Sam, aka Bumblebee Boy-featured in two of the popular "Ladybug Girl" books-now has a story all to himself…or does he? In Soman's terrific watercolor and fine-line illustrations, rife with dramatic perspectives, he is just about to defeat Greenbeard the Pirate…Fire Dragon…Giganto, the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion…when he is yanked back into living-room reality by his little brother. "'I play now?'" asks the small blond boy in a star-and-comet sleepsuit, "'…I am soup hero too!'" Even children who are sibling-free will get the message and the fun in this engaging tale about brothers, imagination, frustration, and cozy compromise.--Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY[Page 95]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.