A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
While Awesome Man doesn't set out to teach kids specifically, it does a great job of validating imaginative play and presents alternatives to having a meltdown.
This book is simply about fun and imagining life as a superhero. There is positive parental influence and a shout-out to children with sensory sensitivities. At one point Awesome Man wraps himself in a tight self-hug to calm down.
Positive Role Models
Awesome Man and his alter ego stand up for good and fight baddies while valuing family time.
Violence & Scariness
Simple cartoon violence is on display with positronic rays shooting out of the superhero's eyes to destroy giant killer robots. Bad guys are beat up but unhurt in the process.
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The title character says he's "pooped" when tired and acknowledges he likes to say the word "pooped."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this is a great picture book for new and reluctant readers. The simple but fun text goes a long way in engaging kids who love to imagine. There is some cartoon violence -- without injury.
Is It Any Good?
This book is awesome, like Awesome Man. It's fun, exciting, and readers can readily identify with all of the adventures of this superhero -- before they find out his secret identity. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon does a fantastic job of capturing the creative and open qualities of imaginative play. What makes the story even awesome-r is that Chabon doesn't forget the trials of being a superhero -- running out of energy (needing a snack), staving off trashing a city in anger (temper tantrum), and needing a big hug from a superhero's biggest ally, his mom.
The dazzling illustrations by Jake Parker are bright and engaging. They are almost begging to be used as room decorations for superhero fans. The astonishing secret isn't so astonishing, but Chabon's connection to the life of a child is pretty close.
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