A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will learn about new neighbors, superhero powers, and tree houses.
Things are not always what they seem. Keeping an open mind is important for experiencing unexpected surprises.
Positive Role Models
Characters are simple but relatable for children. Adults are present and encouraging and show kindness.
Violence & Scariness
Superhero Joe imagines the new neighbor next door as a scary cartoonish monster, which could frighten very young children.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Superhero Joe and the Creature Next Door, the sequel to Superhero Joe (2011), is about fear of the unknown and explores how a kid with an overactive imagination might view a new neighbor.
Is It Any Good?
SUPERHERO JOE AND THE CREATURE NEXT DOOR is a sweet, funny story about facing your fears. Any kid can relate. With its hand-lettered text and lively ink-and-digital comic illustrations by Ron Barrett, it has the zip-zoom-boom of retro comics but with a universal lesson about the importance of working up the courage to try new things.
Kids (especially those who are shy, or who have an overactive imagination) will appreciate this vivid tale that taps into their everyday anxiety about facing fears or making new friends (what will people think? What will they say?). Parents will appreciate the positivity in the sweetness behind Joe's efforts to find some bravado to cross the yard and make a friend.
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