Even Superheroes Make Mistakes (Shelly Becker)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Even Superheroes Make Mistakes, written by Shelly Becker and illustrated by Eda Kaban, a super-powered look at dealing with mistakes.

Listen, even mighty superheroes make mistakes – they can bungle a big speech, or accidentally catch the good guys instead of the bad ones, or even get nabbed themselves! When things like this happen, they could pout or cry or tantrum or lay blame, but that’s just not what heroes do. No, heroes pick themselves up, take a moment to consider what to do next, then set about fixing whatever troubles their mistake may have caused. And once that’s all through, they always have have courage to try again. After all, no one is perfect, not even superheroes.

A sweet follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, Becker and Kaban invite us back to the world of their original team of caped and costumed do-gooders. I really liked the focus on the various steps that can be taken after a mess-up: stay calm, consider, accept responsibility for your mistake, etc. It creates a really nice toolkit for kids for when they have to deal with their own flubs. However, unlike the previous book, the examples given were a bit incongruous, hopping between stopping criminals to building a bridge to putting too much salt in baked goods. It gave the plot an uneven tone, even with the sage advice intermingled. The art is great, evoking retro comic book characters and action. But while the heroes are a welcome mix of genders and skin tones, it was a little disappointing to see the male heroes with widely varied body types and covered head-to-toe by their costumes while all three ladies were uniformly slender and skimpily-dressed – true to comic books, but unfortunately so. Still, it was a good length, and JJ enjoyed it. Slightly uneven, but with a good heart and a great message. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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