Having covered one self-esteem waterfront in their Do Princesses series, Coyle and Gordon branch out to a more gender-neutral fantasy icon. With blankie capes tied around their shoulders, a younger sister quizzes her slightly older brother on whether there are any limits to what a superhero can or should do. The answer is that just about anything is up for grabs--unless it goes against being a good citizen in the family. Thus, "super heroes get to decide" whether or not it's cool to bring one's teddy bear along for a thrilling bike ride. But opting out of chores? Don't waste your imaginative energy ("Does a super hero have to help with the dishes?/ Unless there's a genie who'll grant us some wishes"). The narrative rhythm starts to sag in the last quarter of the book, but Gordon's gently goofy cartoons are always fun, portraying an idyllic existence that includes lots of outdoor adventures, an impressive array of pretend play props, an improbably expressive teddy bear, and a pet dog with superhero aspirations of his own. Ages 4-8. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
K-Gr 2--Two children role-play throughout the day. On each spread, the boy, obviously a much more experienced pint-size hero, answers his younger sister's questions about what exactly a super hero does. "'Are heroes always brave and daring?'" "'We're brave and bold and kind and caring.'" The illustration shows the girl sitting on a limb, teddy bear dangling, with a shark below her; on the right, the boy, his masked teddy bear firmly in hand, calmly reassures her. From making blanket capes to cardboard spaceships, this book is a nostalgic romp through a child's imagination. Funny and charming, with a great message about being an everyday hero, it will surely win the hearts of youngsters and their adult counterparts. Bright, interesting, and comical illustrations with whimsical touches highlight the text well.--Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA[Page 70]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.