Follow along as two ragtag, everyday super heroes don capes to play in the mud, save their stuffed animals from certain peril, conquer the vegetables at dinner, and overcome darkness at night. Are super heroes always brave and daring? We're brave and bold and kind and caring. Every little boy and girl has a super hero somewhere inside waiting to come out. Tie on your cape (blankies recommended) and join the adventure. Tap on the masked teddy bear that appears throughout the story to see what happens, and draw a picture of your own super hero at the end of the book! Check out the trailer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ZugZz_cWY
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.