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Good Morning, Superman! (DC Super Heroes) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-04-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:1623708508
LANGUAGE:English

"This book appealed to me because my 5 year old son is a huge superhero fan. He loved it. It mirrors Superman's morning with a young boy's. It shows the morning routines they both go through and while Superman may be fighting crime, everything that little boy does to get ready in the morning is just as important. It showed my son that he too is a superhero. I could definitely relate to the morning routine and the kryptonite toothpaste. There was little writing in the book, which gave us an opportunity to discuss it further and talk about the whys and compare both characters. I would have liked more prose, but the lack of it allowed for more conversation with my inquisitive son. Looking forward to the author's Batman book as well.

I received an advance copy for review through netgalley.
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"As a fan of the other superhero book by Michael Dahl, "Bedtime for Batman", I was excited to see this on NetGalley. And I wasn't at all disappointed! For those unfamilliar, this series of books is a wonderfully illustrated juxtaposition of a kid's life and a superhero's life. In this case, we have Superman, in all of his glory, waking up for a day of making the world a better place. :)

The text is elegantly simple, captioning each scene. The art is colorful and entirely appropriate for a child's superhero book.

My favorite part of this is that Superman (and the child) accept help from others. It's a great reminder to little ones that being even superheroes need a little help every now and then. It also includes a checklist at the back of morning routines that would make this a nice tool for parents to encourage kids to do things like brush their teeth... and get a hug & kiss on their way out the door. :)

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.
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" I was surprised that I enjoyed this more than I did because I've been under the impression that certain characters have become too commercialized and dumbed down to appeal to the masses- which is kind of crazy since the public are smart enough to handle their superheroes having ambiguities. Anyway this cute picture book follows two parallel story lines of a young boy and Superman, one starting off his day and the other saving the day. " said.

"I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A companion book to Bedtime for Batman, Good Morning, Superman!! Illustrates how easy it is for children to become their heroes. Every activity for our protagonist's morning parallels activities in Superman's life. Getting dressed parallels changing into costume. Searching for his shoes and lunch, only to have them brought by his family, parallels other superheroes coming to aid.

I adore how this book opens: "First things first… duty calls!" While Superman hears that a villain is tormenting the city, our young boy dashes off to the bathroom. That certainly prompted giggles. It reminds me of Wreck-It Ralph, "Heh. You said duty." That line couldn't be more perfect.

The layout of the book is also brilliant. I love how it's written similarly to a comic strip, where frames of Superman line up next to frames of our young boy getting ready for his day. However, we don't see a complete cross-over. In the Superman comic cells, the text appears in boxes just as in comics. Yet, in "real life" the text appears as you'd expect for any picture book. Lozand neatly slides these two mediums together seamlessly.

At the end of the book, there is a morning checklist of To Dos, including Go Potty and Get Dressed, and ending with Hugs and Kisses. This is a great checklist to post up for our young heroes to help them learn the morning routines.

All in all an adorable book. I look forward to reading Bedtime for Batman!
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"Have you ever seen the video updates that Michael Dahl makes for Capstone Books? If you have, then you won't be surprised at how well he captures the spirit of children and their imaginative abilities. In this story a figure is seen sleeping in a suburban bedroom as the sun rises. Elsewhere, a square-shouldered man in a handsome suit looks at the city skyline from atop a tall building. The scenes play out switching from one character to the other and back again, as they both start their day. Normal morning routines take on new excitement as our young hero suits up, gathers his energy, and faces his greatest fears. Mirroring his actions, the man in his superhero suit battles villains, defeats terrible weapons, and gets some help from his friends. The last scenes of the boy heading off to school in the car and Superman flying in the sky above tie it all neatly together.

Although Michael came up with the story line, illustrator Omar Lozano. He creates so many points of similarity between the two characters that even the youngest readers will pick up on them. For example, while Superman battles a Kryptonite weapon, the boy has to deal with toothpaste the same color as Kryptonite. Little things will appeal to adult readers, like the description of the morning: "A bird chirps. A plane soars overhead." and on the next page we see a drawing of Superman hanging on the bedroom wall, and the hero himself looking out over Metropolis. Obviously, the text is referring to the line from the early Superman appearances - "It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!" Parents reading along with children may laugh out loud when the boy runs to the open door of the bathroom and the text reads, "Duty calls!"

Whether you are a fan of Superman, superheroes, or Michael Dahl's books, this heroic story is sure to please. Capstone's partnership with DC Comics sets the stage for many more little gems of this sort. I especially appreciate that the family shown in the boy's home are not Caucasian. Little white boys and girls are not the only kids to enjoy superheroes, so I am glad that the illustrator showed a family such as this. With all the push lately to include more diversity in media of all sorts, this book helps to meet that need, but not in a preachy way.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
" said.

"Originally posted on Beauty and the Bean Boots

Is that a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a boy getting ready for school!

In Good Morning, Superman! written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Omar Lozano, a young boy wakes up for the day to get ready for school. Like his favorite superhero, Superman, the boy must get his strength by eating breakfast, changing into his super uniform, and battle the toothpaste.

First of all, I love the idea of this book. Many children can be very unwilling to do many tasks associated with getting ready for the day, even though many of these tasks greatly impact their hygiene. I think pairing a typically boring activity with one of the most iconic superheroes is a great way to motivate and excite children about getting ready.

I also really appreciated the illustrations. All of the illustrations and fonts used in the book give a nod to traditional comic books, but also are colorful and easy to read for younger readers. I thought it was really clever that sometimes on the same page Superman and the boy were completing parallel activities. This really reinforced the superhero theme and will motivate students more than if the cartoon only featured Superman or the boy wearing a Superman shirt.

Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the checklist in the back. While I was reading the book, I thought it would be great idea to make a step-by-step chart featuring the pictures of this book for students learning to get ready independently. I’m not sure if this checklist would be easily detachable or if the book will feature a cardboard page where you can punch the activities out, but I think that would be a great addition to the book.

While I enjoyed many aspects of this book, there was one part I think that could be improved. In the story, Superman has a female sidekick. In the main story, this correlates to the young boy’s sister, who is about the same age. In the Superman story, the female sidekick wears knee-high boots, a mini skirt, and a crop top. There’s nothing wrong with wearing an outfit like this, but I found it slightly inappropriate in this scenario because it represented a young girl, probably around the age of 4-6.

Overall, I think Good Morning, Superman! is an enjoyable book that colorfully illustrates a monotonous subject. While I do think this is a great children’s books, I think some additional features, like pop-out pictures of the tasks would enhance a student’s learning experience. I give this book four out of five stars.
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" Super cute art. This book is a delight. " said.

" REVIEW COMING SOON**This book was given to me through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** " said.

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