In an endeavor to be better suited for my youth supervisor position at work, I am trying to read more young chapter books. Tweens and teens--I'm solidIn an endeavor to be better suited for my youth supervisor position at work, I am trying to read more young chapter books. Tweens and teens--I'm solid on readers' advisory on them. Picture books--I'm pretty good with them too. It's those 1st-3rd graders I'm not great with. And since I recognize this weakness (and I have a nephew now that age), I'm trying to rectify it. Captain Awesome is how I began. A seriously fast read. I'm tempted to bring it home and read to Charlie for bedtime because it just begs to be read aloud with dramatic shouts of "MI-TEE!!" Hmmm, maybe not for bedtime. I have a hard enough time getting Charlie to bed before 10 pm.
Captain Awesome is in one word Awesome (duh, you saw that coming, right?). It's a new kid in school story prettily decorated as a superhero story. This series should fit right in with all the Captain Underpants wannabes. The villains are a mean girl at school, his smelly diaper wearing sister, and his teacher (but he changes his mind about her later on). The only reason it gets three stars instead of four is because the humor is a bit of the eyerolling kind for an adult, but kids should love it.
Hmmm, now that I think about it I should endeavor to read girly young chapter books. I know plenty of boy ones. Oh dear, please don't tell me I should read any of Daisy Meadows' books. ...more
Okay so I'm not a huge superhero reader. I love the movies and animated series though. And Charlie adores them completely and utterly.Lunchtime read!
Okay so I'm not a huge superhero reader. I love the movies and animated series though. And Charlie adores them completely and utterly. So I figured I should read some of the new 52 series. First up, Superman, who is I think Charlie's favorite superhero. Or at least he wants to dress as him the most.
This reboot brings Superman as a starting out hero/vigilante whose reporting style is just as vigilante. I really liked the opening arc. Bringing in Brainiac, John Corben, and Luthor all together immediately made me happy. But after that it was hard for me to follow the next story's path at times. Which is disturbing for a v. 1 to do that. I thought we weren't supposed to have any knowledge for this NEW 52! I used a heck of a lot of my TV show info in deciphering the story.
That being said, I liked the design of superman--cape, tshirt, and jeans. It's a great look. I've also always wondered about his tights get-up and why it never got destroyed. I don't know if that's a new thing Morrison added, but I liked it nonetheless.
While I don't think this will win any brand new superman readers over. I think it is an adequate starting point for people who are already familiar with the man of steel and want to get into the comics' version of him. ...more
absolutely amazing story and artwork. cannot wait for the next one!
Here's what I ended up blogging on my work blog: "Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owlabsolutely amazing story and artwork. cannot wait for the next one!
Here's what I ended up blogging on my work blog: "Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls is not a graphic novel you can read without knowing who the characters are. But most likely if you don't know who Batman is, you aren't going to be picking this up to read anyway! I adore the Batman concept and movies, but I've never been a superhero graphic novel reader. Something about too much text and not very pretty artwork (for my tastes that is!). But I really wanted to read this one. Batman is dark and dreary and this one is totally the case.
The urban legend of the Court of Owls is, well, legendary in Gotham City. Batman has never placed any stock in it until now. Gruesome murders will make him question everything he knows and believes about his city. And he quickly becomes the next target as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Dark, twisted, and mind blowing in different places. There's one page in my copy that is completely upside down. I think it may have been a publishing mistake, but I need to double check other copies because it worked sooo well with the storytelling. So if it's not a mistake I will think it's absolutely creative genius. :)
Some people may not love the blockiness of the characters, but I sort of like the chiseled designs. A great mystery (though beware it does end in a cliffhanger which will make you want to go and buy the single issues rather than wait for the graphic novel!) with very little superhero-y things to get annoyed at. I gotta tell you, I really loved the book. On my goodreads page I gave it 5 stars. That's only the 2nd book this year that has gotten 5 stars. Take a chance on this superhero if you like stories dark and gritty, I don't think you'll be disappointed." ...more
finally finished it! Personally I am disappointed in this one. It won the Newbery but I expected more from it. Definitely not on Despereaux level IMHOfinally finished it! Personally I am disappointed in this one. It won the Newbery but I expected more from it. Definitely not on Despereaux level IMHO, but still a good book--just not great....more
Not as good as the first one but like the first disguises real life experiences (a fight with a best friend) with a superhero theme making it more intNot as good as the first one but like the first disguises real life experiences (a fight with a best friend) with a superhero theme making it more interesting to a reluctant boy reader (not that Charlie is reluctant).
my opinion doesn't count though since it's all about the kiddos. Their opinion was get book 3 now!...more