SuperHero ABC

SuperHero ABC

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by Bob McLeod, Bob Mcleod
     
 

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Silly and zany, and armed with the most unusual skills, the cast of superheroes that fill these pages will make learning your ABC's an out-of-this-world experience.

Meet Bubble-Man, who blows big bubbles at bullies; Laughing Lass, who laughs loudly at lawbreakers; and many more hilarious and irresistible characters from renowned comic-book illustrator Bob McLeod

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Silly and zany, and armed with the most unusual skills, the cast of superheroes that fill these pages will make learning your ABC's an out-of-this-world experience.

Meet Bubble-Man, who blows big bubbles at bullies; Laughing Lass, who laughs loudly at lawbreakers; and many more hilarious and irresistible characters from renowned comic-book illustrator Bob McLeod.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review)
“Turbocharged with fun for both new and capable readers. It will dazzle reluctant readers and disappear right off the shelves.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Engaging alphabet book whose characters embody the right mix of reassurance, goofiness, and humor.”
Horn Book Magazine
“P might as well stand for the page-popping, large-scale Pictures that distinguish this ABC.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“A dazzling parade. Each character is deftly described. Stunning graphics. A sure hit that will fast become a favorite.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Engaging alphabet book whose characters embody the right mix of reassurance, goofiness, and humor.”
Booklist
"Turbocharged with fun for both new and capable readers. It will dazzle reluctant readers and disappear right off the shelves."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Engaging alphabet book whose characters embody the right mix of reassurance, goofiness, and humor.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Engaging alphabet book whose characters embody the right mix of reassurance, goofiness, and humor."
Publishers Weekly
McLeod translates his adult comic book renderings for the preschool crowd in this cleverly conceived ABC. Drawn in vivid bright colors that capture the eye, his heroes practically leap from the pages. He represents each letter of the alphabet with an original superhero who saves the day by committing heroic acts that begin with-what else?-that very letter (e.g., "Astro-Man is Always Alert for An Alien Attack"). One character is more inventive than the next, from the "Quiet Knight [who] Keeps Kindergarten Kids safe" to the superhero Volcano (sporting a V on his chest and V-patterned shorts; he "Vomits on Villains"). McLeod is not only a master at creating entertaining figures, but also at introducing youngsters to vocabulary words that go beyond the average spelling list, and with phrases ideal for introducing alliteration ("Water-Woman Weaves below the Watery Waves"). In a single bound, McLeod is sure to gain a new generation of comic book fans-and may well entertain his lifelong followers as they introduce their offspring to this clever primer. Ages 3-6. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The alphabet springs into life as these animated action heroes bound through the oversize pages. Astro-Man is always alert for an alien attack. Although he is awesome, he does have asthma. Danger Man does daring deeds every day, including dueling with dragons. Goo Girl grins and giggles with glee as she shoots great gobs of goo at gangsters. Power Pup protects pets from the pound. Poodles, parrots, and Persian cats think he's purrrfect. Youngsters will love Upside-Down Man. He wears his uniform under his underwear. To some people this is unlawful, unusual, and upsetting. Children may be more upset with Volcano Man, however. He vomits on villains. Very gross. The Zinger zanily zigzags through the zero zone as the book zooms to a close. A great romp through the alphabet featuring colorful, action-filled scenes in a comic book style. An amusing choice for older kids who feel they have outgrown alphabet books. 2006, HarperCollins, and Ages 6 to 10.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An alphabet's worth of superheroes, from Astro-Man to the Zinger. There's strong appeal here for the youngest comic-book fans, with many doses of humor along the way. Each figure has special powers, of course, which readers learn about through alliterative captions and action-packed illustrations. Danger Man, for instance "Does Daring Deeds Every Day." A spread shows how "He Duels with Dragons" against a futuristic landscape filled with bright greens, reds, and pinks. The added information that "He Doesn't Have a Dog!" contributes to the lighthearted tone while extending the alliteration, which effectively emphasizes letter sounds. Many of the characters possess traditionally heroic powers, like Ms. Incredible's ability to become "Invisible In an Instant." Others are sillier, such Laughing Lass and Upside Down Man (who "wears his Uniform Under His Underwear"), while the Odor Officer and the Volcano (he "Vomits on Villains") add just the right touch of grossness. There are several females in the bunch, along with one child (Sky-Boy), one animal (Power Pup), and two teens (The Tiny Teen and Tony Terrific, who are Twins). The cartoon illustrations show the figures in action with bold colors, word balloons, and block letters in an attractive comic-book style. Imaginative readers might be inspired to imagine their own alphabetical creations to add to the ranks of Goo Girl, Huge Man, and Multiplying Mike.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran comic-book artist McLeod presents an alphabetical gallery of newly minted superheroes-from Astro-Man, who is "Always Alert for An Alien Attack" to the Zinger, Zanily Zigzagging through the Zero Zone. A can-do crew of hunky men and buxom women (plus the occasional animal or alien) properly decked out in loudly colored, form-fitting spandex, these crime-fighters bring a range of outrageous abilities to their work. Bubble Man, for instance, "Blows Big Bubbles at Bullies," while Rain Man "Rains on Random Robbers," Goo Girl "shoots Great Gobs of [green] Goo at Gangsters," and, grossest of all, Volcano Man-well, let's not go there. This frothy mix of laughs, giggles and expertly drawn, melodramatically posed Good Guys zeroes in on its target audience with superhuman accuracy and action. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060745165
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
148,421
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bob Mcleod is a comic-book illustrator who has worked on such projects as Spider-Man, Superman, and The Phantom. SuperHero ABC is his first children’s book. he lives with his wife, Lucy; their three children, Molly, Jeff, and Andy; and their dog, Penny, in Pennsylvania.

Bob Mcleod is a comic-book illustrator who has worked on such projects as Spider-Man, Superman, and The Phantom. SuperHero ABC is his first children’s book. he lives with his wife, Lucy; their three children, Molly, Jeff, and Andy; and their dog, Penny, in Pennsylvania.

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SuperHero ABC 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
jenzone More than 1 year ago
This would have been an adorable gift for my son's Super Hero birthday party. Alas, the book arrived ripped with the pages stuck together. It's on its way back to B&N.
SuperReaderMom More than 1 year ago
Very colorful and fun without the violence and scary bad guys of the real comics. Great for learning some "big" words, as well as, the ABC's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5-year old son loves the crazy illustrations and fantastic descriptions of alphabet superheroes saving the world. The words used can be challenging and sometimes gross (vomiting superheroes and gross goop) but they will keep your kids laughing and learning all the way through to the end -- the Zinger Zings in the Zero Zone. All in all, a fantastic addition to your kids' library!
EnDFlourish More than 1 year ago
This is an alphabet book that both parent and tot will enjoy night, after night, after night... Filled with colorful, and funny, illustrations it emphasizes each letter with a specific hero (i.e. D is for Danger Man) and reinforces the lesson with several humorous side actions (i.e. He Duels with Dragons). You'll wish the alphabet was longer!
orphan71 More than 1 year ago
Great book to combine superheros and the alphabet. A fun way for kids to learn the alphabet and not even realize they are learning!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the "super heroes" in your life will get a real kick out of this delightful book! What a fun way to teach the alphabet to little boys! (By the way, I initially purchased the "library edition" of this book from Barnes' online before realizing that there is a Barnes & Noble hardcover edition also available from Barnes' online that is identical in all ways - except half the cost of the library edition!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4-year-old and I are using it (and some other books) as a "friendly" way to introduce and review the letters of the alphabet. He likes the "super heros" and he gets a review of the alphabet by osmosis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very amusing and the alliteration is really making my 3-year-old catch on to sounding out letters. An aquaintance knows the author and gave us a signed copy for our baby's birth...I know he'll treasure it always. I just hope he gets to read it before his big brother wears it out!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Superhero ABC is an engaging and entertaining way to introduce the alphabet. The characters are memorable and funny, and all of the colors pop right off the page! Grownups will enjoy the authentic comic book-style artwork and the clever puns.
WinecountryDAD More than 1 year ago
Our little guy first fell in love with this book from the Library just after his second birthday. We checked it out countless times! Finally Santa brought it to him! He was so excited it was all his! With the colorful characters and humorous names it helped to learn his ABC's in no time! A great gift! A favorite in our home, and it will be in yours too!