cover image Abuela’s Super Capa

Abuela’s Super Capa

Ana Siqueira, illus. by Elisa Chavarri. HarperCollins, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-0631-1365-7

Rainbow hearts, stars, and lightning bolts punctuate this tale of a grandchild’s evolving relationship with their grandmother. On Saturdays, cape-wearing superhéroe Luis and sidekick Abuela have their routine: “Super hugs! Check.... Super capas? Ready.” They perform rescues and capture criminals (both involving the family canine) while being dogged by “tiny intruders”—the cat and Luis’s sister. One Saturday, Luis builds a blanket fort for adventures as usual, “But Abuela never comes.” Instead, the family visits her in the hospital, where Luis delivers “a super hug and powerful kisses.” When she heads home, requiring rest, Luis wonders “When can I have my sidekick back?” and reprises their loving rituals as well as possible. Siqueira’s play-by-play narrative movingly articulates Luis’s arc from frustration to acceptance, and a slow warming toward taking on a new sidekick from the Latinx-cued family. Chavarri’s hand-painted acrylic gouache and cut-paper illustrations pop with crisp vibrancy. A glossary concludes. English and Spanish versions publishing simultaneously. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)