Book review: Superhero Dad, by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Joe Berger

Knapman, Timothy. Superhero Dad. Illustrated by Joe Berger.  Nosy Crow, 2015., unp. $15.99.                    ISBN:978-0-7636-8657-4. Gr.2+. P8 Q8

knapman-superhero-dadAs a little boy, my son Ryan idealized my husband. Ryan loved the Ghosts Busters and he and his dad would go out at night to look for ectoplasm. He would be excited as he came in as he found oil from our car on the cement and proclaimed it to be ectoplasm. I treasured these moments and the relationship that they had, Superheroddad offers the same experience to me once again as I saw the wonder that a small boy has towards his dad. It is the brightly colored illustrations that help to carry the wonder of the young boy who see his dad as a Superhero. It is the final page that made me cry as the father sees his own child as a superhero. Verdict: this book would be a great read aloud just before Father’s Day or for teachers to use in a unit on families.

November 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.