Superhero Dad

Timothy Knapman, illus. by Joe Berger. Candlewick/Nosy Crow, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-8657-4
“Dads are sometimes boring,/ but mine’s not, and I’m glad,/ because, you see, he’s secretly a.../ superhero dad!” With rhymes that bound along and equally energetic digital artwork, Knapman and Berger highlight a boy’s love for his father, who looks like a Clark Kent–esque nerd but can make a truly super breakfast (“The very best is toast with chocolate,/ and fruit, ice cream, and cake!”); (mostly) knows his way around a hammer, nails, and saw; and scares away any nighttime monsters. Visual references to superhero comics and jokes at dad’s expense, as when he holds the tiny family dog over his head like a weight lifter, add to a playful portrait of mutual father-son devotion. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/11/2016
Release date: 04/26/2016
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