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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches young readers how to use their superpower: having heart and doing the best at what they love.
We all have a superpower. Have heart. Don't doubt yourself.
Positive Role Models
Hughes is an ordinary boy who embraces the idea of having a superpower. Though he dreams about what could be if he was taller, faster, and able to jump higher, he accepts the fact that he has heart, and that hard work will help him -- and others -- be heroes.
Kids in the book represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds, sizes, and ages. Girls are athletes; one girl athlete is a team captain and encourages Hughes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Have a Superpower is the first picture book by NBA champion and MVP winner Stephen Curry, whose illustrated likeness makes a cameo at the end of the story, with an activity for young readers to search through the book and find certain items. The storyline encourages young readers, letting them know that they each have a superpower and teaching them how to use it. The book is narrated by a sports reporter, whose words are displayed in regular type, while the main character's dialogue, actions, and thoughts appear in all-capital letters within speech bubbles. This may make it tricky for young readers to keep up with the storyline. In one scene, there is some mild bullying, with kids shouting lines like, "I'd rather have the dogs on our team than you!"
Is It Any Good?
Having heart is a superpower in this encouraging picture book from basketball great Stephan Curry. I Have a Superpower reads like a comic book and simultaneously feels like watching a sportscast. It sends a loud and clear message: Having heart is "about striving to be the best you can while still having fun." It would have been nice to see this theme portrayed through the plot instead of stated explicitly at the end. Additionally, the dialogue in all-capital letters is a bit jarring. Nevertheless, Curry's fans will delight in seeing his project come to life, especially with a message that will help young readers in life.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.