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Superhero School

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  260 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
It's Math Curse meets The Incredibles!

Leonard is no ordinary kid-he's enrolled in Superhero School, where leaping tall buildings in a single bound is child's play. If only long division, fractions, and multiplication came as naturally! But when Mr. Tornado and the rest of the teachers get kidnapped by some ice zombies, Leonard and pals will need to use their math skills if
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Cole Hoffman
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Superhero School is about a super boy whose mother sends him to Superhero school. There he thinks he will learn about saving the day, but is instead left with learning about fractions, multiplication, and division. He is starting to hate going there until one day the ice zombies kidnap all the teachers and the kids are forced to save them.

Illustrator Andy Rash does an excellent job making this book have bright vibrant colors to give the book the feel of a comic book. The words are integrated int
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, picture-books
Basic Plot: Leonard gets to go to a special school for superheroes in training, but all they learn is math, which disappoints Leonard until he gets his first math quiz.

Considering the low quality of the books my son has been picking lately, I'd call this one a definite win. It taps into kids' love of superheroes and their struggles with the application of what they learn in school to real life. This book ties the issues together nicely and manage to reinforce the importance of both school and fu
Nancy Kotkin
Leonard and his classmates learn that math is helpful in superhero school and can even be applied to solve real life challenges. A few math problems are worked into the story line. Colorful cartoon-style illustrations match the book's superhero focus. Appropriate for elementary-school kids as multiplication/division is too complex for younger readers to grasp.
Tori Bate
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leonard was special, he has heat vision and super strength and when his mom tells him he is going to move to a Superhero school he is ecstatic. Thrilled by the thought or learning how to melt steel beams and jump tall buildings he heads off to school only to be faced with a different reality. Leonard had to learn to do math, instead of saving the world he was learning fractions, multiplication and division. His first week is anything but exciting until his teachers are kidnapped and Leonard and ...more
Even superheros need math!

Leonard is disappointed when he finds out that at Superhero School they still teach academics, not just super powers. But when the Ice Zombies kidnap their teachers, it's surprising how knowing fractions and division and the like help to save the day.
Addison Children's Services
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A school full of superhero's in training have their early powers tested when all of their teachers are kidnapped by ice zombies! Leonard and his pals need to use their math skills to conquer their enemy. 6/7/2018
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this with my 8 year old daughter!
Josh Sonii
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this story a child has many special powers and has saved people many times. His mom tells him that he is not an ordinary child so he will be going to superhero school. He is excited because he thinks that he will be learning how to use all of his specially abilities but instead he is taught how to do math. He starts to dislike the school and later on realizes the teachers have been kidnapped by evil villains. This causes the students to use there new math skills to save the day. He later on r ...more
Sarah W
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
After taking on a lava monster and fixing the Bay City bridge, Leonard is thrilled to be attending Superhero school. Not even an official superhero costume can revive his dwindling excitement when he finds the classes at school are about multiplication and fractions, not stopping speeding trains. When the kids arrive one day to find the teachers have been kidnapped by the Ice Zombies, they rush to the rescue. Will their lessons at school be enough to help them carry the day?

This clever picture b
Becky B
Leonard is super excited to start Superhero School. He can't wait to practice stopping speeding trains and flying. So it is an incredible disappointment for Leonard and the others to realize that their teacher, the Blue Tornado, seems to want them to practice fractions and division more than using superpowers. School is such a bummer, until the day the ice zombies kidnap all the teachers and the students finally get to use their superpowers to rescue them. What they don't realize though, is how ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leonard has superstrength, heat vision eyes, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound...he's a superhero! And, his mom is sending him to Superhero School. Now, he won't have to learn all that boring stuff.

But, much to his disappointment, Leonard's teacher loves math...all they learn about is fractions, multiplication, and division. BORING! That's when the Ice Zombies attack. Quickly, cleverly, Leonard and his classmates have to divide up the heroes and multiply their strenghts. Hmmm, guess
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought the narrative here was overly complicated and so many opportunities for humor were just missed. Alice kept getting bored with it. A bit wordy. The premise is that a boy with super powers gets to go to a school for super heroes, but all they end up doing is math. Then there's a crisis when the teachers are captured by ice monsters, and the kids have to use their math skills to rescue them.
Leonard can hit a baseball into orbit, weld the Bay City Bridge back together using heat vision, and he can fly. So it is no surprise that he is sent to Superhero School. However, he hates the fact that at school all they seem to do is math. When do they learn how to bend steel, leap over tall buildings in a single bound, and when will they learn how to save the world from evil monsters? A great story to show how math comes in handy--even in a superhero's life. Super fun!
Elines Flores
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Superheros and math, what else could a person ask for? I absolutely LOVE this book!! The illustrations were big, bold, colorful, and cartoonish. This storyline showed that even superheroes have to do math to save the world, thus math is used in everyday life. AND the math concepts shown are ones that most students find difficult: multiplication, division, and lastly the dreaded fractions. It's fun, entertaining, and energetic!
A fantastic premise! Especially with the 2015 SRP theme. But it kinda falls flat. Amateurish writing combined with obvious math skills makes this a rather boring read for kids. I had my preschoolers up to a point, but once the story began making math problems part of the plot, the kids drifted away.

Kids will flock to it. Hopefully in a one-on-one setting, they'll stick with it.
Alison Durbin
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! I was thoroughly entertained by the super-hero concept as well as the super adjectives and verbs that went along with it. I also loved how this book was educational in a subject that can pose a problem for many students. This book could not have come at a better time when super heroes are all the rage!
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
This book is very clever way to show students that school is important because you use the very and things you learn in he outside world, like the character and fractions. Learning is vital for living in this world. I also like that they used super heroes to relay this message. Great book to have in the classroom!
Brianna Sayres
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My 5-year-old has labeled this his new favorite book! He has requested it for his bedtime story multiple nights in a row and carries it around with him so he can "read" it when we are out and about. Right now, the math is over his head, so it will be fun to re-read in a few years when he will get that part too. Both he and I love that this is a really fun book about superheroes!
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The story was fine. We read this book as part of trying to reach our AR goal. I think this book taught good lessons about why education is important, but somewhere along the way lost the kid's attention. As an adult I thought it was great, but the kids didn't really agree.
Megan Miller
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has a good message that even if you are a superhero you will still need to know how to divide and multiply. This book has fun, colorful pictures, and I think kids would want to read more than once.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
When Leonard starts attending Superhero School he is disappointed to find that all they learn is math, but when the ice zombies strike, Leonard and his classmates put their newly-acquired knowledge to good use.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Leonard is a Superhero. So when mom sends him to second grade at Superhero school, he's pretty psyched. That is, until he realizes that super school is more about math than saving the world. This reminds me of that cartoon Cyberchase, where they solve problems using math and science.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-2015
Do you have a child who hates math but loves superheroes? This might be just the book to teach them that math is cool! Even superheroes need it! Not great for story time (it's a bit too complicated) but I'm sure it will find an eager superhero reading audience!
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
My little nephew really liked this book! He is still in pre-school, so he didn't understand the "school" theme, here, but he did get the super heroics and the battle to save the teachers! He was cheering during the rescue. Cute little book.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 1st-3rd
A cute story of student superheroes and how math does come in handy when fighting villans.
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Good book to help kids understand why they need to learn math skills.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Nice book that sneaks in mathematics.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun drawings and good use of math!
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A nice effort at incorporating math into a picture books students might actually enjoy, but it felt a little clunky.
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