Saturday, 22 July 2017
SUPERDAD'S DAY OFF by Phil Earle. Reviewed by Saviour Pirotta
Stanley's dad's day job is being a superhero. The kind that saves cities from crashing comets, captures audacious burglars red-handed and rescues pussycats from trees.
Stanley is very proud of his dad, of course. Except that once in a while, he wishes they could have a NORMAL day together, doing ordinary things like going on the swings in the park, buying ice cream etc.
When Stanley notices that his superdad is supertired, he is determined to make sure he has a restful day off. The rest of the world, though, has other plans for Superdad and soon poor Stanley is run ragged tackling disasters so Dad doesn't have to. It's a mighty ask, but in the process Stanley discovers his true potential...
Part of Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series, this is a quirky and excellent quick read that will enthral both boys and girls. Hull based author Phil Earle's writing zips along at a superhero pace and the plot will leave you breathless. Steve May's full colour illustrations take their cue from 1970s and 80s comics. They add panache to the whole book and I can imagine children could spend days trying to emulate his style.
The ending hints at a sequel. Hope it surfaces soon. A joy of a book.
Published by Barrington Stoke, 2017
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