cover image Superhero Mom

Superhero Mom

Timothy Knapman, illus. by Joe Berger. Nosy Crow, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5362-0567-1

The child narrator in this spunky picture book acknowledges that many mothers are special, but she believes that her mom—who sports a high ponytail and rocks red Chuck Taylors—is a superhero. Berger’s high-energy digital graphics show the supermom in mid-motion, making pancakes, untangling hair, and tending to a hurt knee: “My supermom appears,/ with a bandage and a kiss,/ to chase away my tears.” Knapman’s sentiments about a mother’s many talents are well-meaning, but the story focuses on heteronormative examples and concludes with a platitude: “Every mom’s a superhero and so is every girl!” Also available: Superhero Dad. Ages 3–7.[em] (Mar.) [/em]