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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 7 to 10.
"Melvin Beederman, Superhero" is getting ready to attend a superhero convention and, with classes such as "Train Stopping Made Easy," "Yesterday's Bully," and "Tomorrow's Bad Guy," he cannot wait. His superhero-in-training assistant Candace is happily watching over Los Angeles. Melvin thinks his worst problem is the inability to turn off his X-ray vision. He cannot stand seeing everyone in their underwear! Too bad something more distressing is happening. The Spaz Brothers happen to be at the bad guy convention across the street and when they notice Melvin is out of town, they plot to take over the city. This comic-like book keeps readers engaged partly by Melvin addressing the reader. The illustrations complement the text and share the same pages, which helps to hold the reader's attention. There is much comedy in Melvin's superhero powers as well as a prominent positive message. Although it always takes him four or five tries to fly, it does not trouble him. Melvin is the most amazing superhero because he is not afraid to try and keep on trying. Reviewer: Julie Minnich