By John Sooja,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
From baby to college, a superhero's cute life story.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Previews life moments to learn from, good and bad.
Shows a fearless child growing up, doing many different activities, and going fast. Loving parents support the child at every step.
Positive Role Models
The family and child that becomes, "The Blur," are Asian American. Many positive images of supporting parents doing things that go beyond old gender roles.
The main character is Asian American, as are their family, and other races are portrayed as well. The gender of the child who's the main character is not directly stated.
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Violence & Scariness
A few moments show a baby crying, upset parents, a child about to run into the street, and a minor bicycle crash.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Blur, by Minh Le and illustrated by Dan Santat, is a sweet picture book about a fearless Asian American child growing up with two loving parents. Once they start walking, they become a (metaphorical) superhero called The Blur, and suddenly, everything moves too fast, like a blur! Before they know it, The Blur will be heading off to college in no time. The beautiful art is happy and colorful, showing movement and action very well. Most pages also display The Blur's parents wearing smiles, giving support, and sometimes being concerned. A few scenes show a baby crying, worried parents, a minor bicycle crash, and a child almost running into the street.
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What's the Story?
In THE BLUR, a cute baby's parents discover that the baby is maybe a superhero. Especially when the child starts walking and running around, they definitely become The Blur, fearlessly racing off into the next life event. Will they make it all the way to college?
Is It Any Good?
This cute story completely runs with the idea that for many parents, lots about raising kids can be "a blur." Also, children grow up so fast, like in a blur. This allows for many moments and jokes for parents that universalize the parent experience, which helps to show that no matter what race you are, many parents suffer and enjoy parenting similarly.
The life story is also about a clearly confident and fun Asian American child blazing through life before their parents' eyes. And the art is simply wonderful in The Blur, the third collaboration between author Minh Le and illustrator Dan Santat.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how The Blur tells its story. What's your favorite scene and why?
What do you think of The Blur's superpower? Do you have a similar kind of ability? How fast do you think you are growing up?
What superpower would you like to have? How do superheroes show courage and curiosity?
- Author: Minh Le
- Illustrator: Dan Santat
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Superheroes
- Character Strengths: Courage, Curiosity
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: May 3, 2022
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 7
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: May 10, 2022
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