Ten Steps to Flying Like a Superhero

Holt. Nov. 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781627796507.
K-Gr 3–Pilutti spins an endearing new take on the superhero story. A white child, Lava Boy, and his action figure, Captain Magma, have gone on many adventures together thanks to Captain Magma’s incredible super strength and lava vision. Following a once-in-a-lifetime flight, with the help of a bird, sometimes Captain Magma wishes he could fly. But would Lava Boy set him aside for a cooler, flying superhero? Thanks to the creativity of Lava Boy, they come up with a 10-step DIY plan for Captain Magma. Additionally, readers meet a Black child, Star Girl, and her action figure, Meteor Shower, who join in this adventure of creativity, teamwork, and perseverance. Pilutti’s weaving of a story of friendship and loyalty with one of new horizons and problem-solving is a great lesson in collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking. Adorable drawn illustrations in a dynamic cartoon style show all the action—so much action—and a genuinely sweet resolution
VERDICT An excellent addition to the superhero landscape that finds a new way to tackle topics of making friends and persistence.

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