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Send for a Superhero!
ISBN: 9780763664381
Author: Rosen, Michael/ McEwen, Katharine (ILT)
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: May 2014
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: A father reads his children a bedtime story about two villains whose wicked plot to suck all the money out of the banks and cover everything in slime is unsuccessfully countered by every superhero until a clever young man transforms himself into Extremely Boring Man and puts everyone to sleep.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bedtime; Fiction.
Superheroes; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2014020188
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 8.75" L x 0.50" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): >Michael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet, and performer who has received many prestigious awards. His books include We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; Bananas in My Ears and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, both illustrated by Quentin Blake; This Is Our House and I’m Number One, both illustrated by Bob Graham; Red Ted and the Lost Things, illustrated by Joel Stewart; Tiny Little Fly, illustrated by Kevin Waldron; and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry, illustrated by Chinlun Lee. A former British Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen lives in London.

Katharine McEwen has illustrated numerous children’s books, including two books about Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies, The Children Who Smelled a Rat by Allan Ahlberg, and Phyllis Root’s Here Comes Tabby Cat and Hey, Tabby Cat! Katharine McEwen lives in England.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
In this story-within-a-story, Dad reads Send for a Superhero! to Emily and little Elmer at bedtime. The silly comic-book parody stars Brad 40, a clear-thinking boy who helps save the day, and Extremely Boring Man, the most ridiculous superhero ever. Text and art shift smoothly between superhero action and bedtime antics--one funny for its off-brand superheroes, the other for its recognizable family dynamics.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 March #4)

Former British Children's Laureate Rosen skewers comic-book conventions in this story-within-a-story. With siblings Emily and Elmer cozied up on either side of him, Dad reads them the very book readers are holding in their hands. McEwen's (I Love You, Little Monkey) mixed-media illustrations shift from soft, homey scenes into energetic comic-book storytelling mode as the family becomes immersed in the story of two villains—Filth, a one-eyed green blob, and Vacuum, a money-stealing vacuum cleaner—who are terrorizing the town of Townton. Lots of sounds effects ("schweee" "skloosh") and maniacal laughter ensue as three superheroes are called in to save the day. The would-be heroes—Steel Man, Super-Flying-Through-the-Air-Very-Fast Man, and Incredibly-Big-Strong-Green Man—are basically low-rent cousins to Iron Man, Superman, and the Hulk, and where they fail, a secret agent/schoolboy's suggestion succeeds. The over-the-top superhero drama and pratfall-laden clashes slyly send up familiar comic book tropes, while the mid-story interruptions and diversions involving Emily and Elmer showcase a homey family dynamic that many readers will recognize. Ages 3–7. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 June)

K-Gr 3—In this story within a story, a father reads to his children at bedtime, sharing with them a tale of danger, destruction, and unexpected heroism. Emily and little Elmer listen avidly as Dad begins, "'Danger! The Terrible Two are trying to destroy the world!'" The villains, Filth and Vacuum, plan to pour muck and slime over an idyllic small town called Townton while sucking up all the money, jewels, and treasure to be had. At school, young Brad 40 receives an alert of the impending threat and contacts the mayor. The mayor calls in three strong, fast, and big superheroes who prove to be no match for the Terrible Two. At last, Brad 40 comes up with an ingenious idea to save the day: lull the bad guys to sleep with the help of Extremely Boring Man. As Dad narrates, the children interrupt him with their comments about the rising action. Like many siblings, they squabble, and Elmer delights in imitating the evil cackle of the villains. The mixed-media illustrations are eye-catching and entertaining. Precisely drawn panels filled with subtle humor detail the perils of all-too-perfect Townton in comic-book fashion, contrasting nicely with the plush, jewel-toned family bedtime scenes below. Pair this clever title with another superhero adventure, Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman's Superhero Joe and the Creature Next Door (S. & S., 2013) for an action-packed storyhour.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

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