What Makes A Hero (Pamela Bobowicz)

Hello, friends! Our book today is What Makes A Hero, written by Pamela Bobowicz and illustrated by Eda Kaban, a fantastic celebration of female heroes, and how they can come in many forms.

Each spread features a heroine (or pair of heroines) from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with the phenomenal Captain Marvel, who explains that everyone has a super power unique to them. And while many of the heroes featured have otherworldly abilities, the main focus is on the personal qualities they possess that make them heroic: courage, kindness, empathy, intelligence, creativity, teamwork, family, confidence, sisterhood, and more. Readers will meet warriors like Okoye, Gamora, and Black Widow; as well as heroes who use their minds, such as Pepper Potts, Shuri, and Peggy Carter. Because the truth is? With a sharp mind, a good heart, and a touch of bravery, anyone can be a hero, including you.

Lovely! This is a gem for any little reader who loves superheroes, but especially for little girls; this collection of heroes showcases both the brains, brawn, and heart that women use to achieve greatness. The diversity of the heroes is slightly limited by the source material (the women are mostly evenly divided between either white or black, with Mantis being an alien that presents as Asian), showing that the MCU still has strides to make in terms of diverse casting. However, I loved how each hero highlighted the very human qualities that help her succeed; we can’t all have quantum suits or cybernetic limbs, but we can all show kindness, leadership, or responsibility. The length was fine, best for patient bookworms but easily broken into bite-sized pieces for the easily distracted. And Eda Kaban, who has a pedigree in drawing awesome superheroes, does a fantastic job infusing each woman with a heroic yet relatable bearing. We loved this one, and highly recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!

Night Night, Groot (Brendan Deneen)


Hello, friends! Our book today is Night Night, Groot, written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Cale Atkinson, a wildly fun Marvel-themed bedtime book starring everyone’s favorite flora colossus, Baby Groot.

It’s bedtime on the Milano, and Baby Groot is being tucked in with a story. After all, he’s had a very busy day: fighting bad guys, spending time with his superhero friends, and generally saving the galaxy from evildoers. But his best friend Rocket isn’t having it – he insists that this is no time for sleeping, there’s more feats of derring-do to be had. More ships to crash, more mix tapes to listen to, and more Hulks to meet (and just how many Hulks are there, anyway?). But after all that excitement, even Rocket must admit that little trees should get their rest, and helps tuck Groot in with the promise of sweet dreams… and more adventure tomorrow!

We were so excited to receive this as a gift for JJ’s birthday, and I have to say, it absolutely lived up to expectations! Disney (plus Star Wars and Marvel by extension) are getting very clever and unique with their picture book tie-ins, and this was one of our favorites so far! It’s full of action-packed scenes of vanquishing villains and hanging with superheroes (favorites from both the movies and comic books make cameos, and adult Marvel fans will have just as much fun picking them out as their little ones). Cale Atkinson’s art is vibrant and fun, mixing comic-book style action with kidlit-style characters and layouts, creating some exciting illustrations with hilarious details. The length is perfect, and JJ loved it. A fantastic read for Marvel fans big and small, and Baby Bookworm approved!