Life of a Mini Hero

Enchanted Lion. Sept. 2019. 56p. Tr ISBN 9781592702909.
K-Gr 2–Being a mini superhero is not as exciting or glamorous as one might think. It involves a lot of waiting, for one, and there are never enough adoring fans. Nevertheless, mini heroes do what they can to make the most of things. They wear their mini hero suits and faces each day, trying to be brave and confident even when they are feeling the opposite. It becomes frustrating when their mini hero ways are misunderstood or ill-appreciated, but that does not deter them from continuing to express themselves. Short, emphatic phrases fill this book, often causing a stark contrast between the text and the illustrations. For young children unfamiliar with this literary device, this book is a humorous introduction to it. The illustrations, created in pencil with select splotches of color, are wonderfully entertaining. Though two dimensional, they are spot-on in their depiction of both movement and emotion. Readers will no doubt recognize the feelings these mini heroes experience as reflections of moments in their own lives. Translated from the French, the text often utilizes challenging and unfamiliar vocabulary, which will inspire dialogue between the children reading this book and their caregivers.
VERDICT This is a delightful read for families with their own mini hero as they navigate the turbulent emotions that often accompany such an active imagination.

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