My Dad, My Hero

Ethan Long. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $12.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4022-4239-7
As a boy lists superpowers that his father lacks, this story's comedy plays out in pop art–style panels that show the man bumbling his way through everyday activities. "He cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound," but instead trips over the block structure his son has built, sending it tumbling. Nor does he have the "super strength" to open a jar of pickles, which his wife does effortlessly. Powered by a Roy Lichtenstein meets Sunday funnies aesthetic and a self-effacing sense of humor, Long's story is sincere without being saccharine—which dads will appreciate. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/04/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
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