The husband-and-wife team who brought you Snowmen at Night and It's a Spoon Not a Shovel spin a high-flying tale about a dachshund with dreams of being a superhero.
Dexter, a dog who "looked like a plump sausage sitting on four little meatballs," can't seem to get the respect he deserves. All of the neighborhood animals mock him due to his size, especially Cleevis, a tomcat who likes to "stand right over Dex and not even ruffle his fur." But Dexter aspires to be a superhero, and after some serious training, the dynamic doggy is pumped up, outfitted accordingly, and ready for action. Everyday superhero business keeps Dexter plenty busy, but when Cleevis gets stuck in a high tree branch, the locals call on him for help. Never fear! For the pooch enlists the animals' help to save the howling feline, and he even gets a sidekick to boot.
With riotous energy and laugh-out-loud illustrations -- Mark Buehner has hidden various animals in the pictures, too -- this book wins a blue ribbon. Dexter's hilarious facial expressions alone are worth the read, and the can-do message will let kids know that anybody can be a hero with the right attitude. Superdog will make your spirit soar! Matt Warner