Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!

All children love Superman, but until now, there hasn't been a book written and illustrated specifically for the youngest fans of the earth's greatest superhero. Ralph Cosentino's Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel tells the tale of the caped crime fighter's amazing journey from the planet Krypton to the town of Smallville, Kansas, to the big city of Metropolis. There he lives a double life as ...

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Overview

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!

All children love Superman, but until now, there hasn't been a book written and illustrated specifically for the youngest fans of the earth's greatest superhero. Ralph Cosentino's Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel tells the tale of the caped crime fighter's amazing journey from the planet Krypton to the town of Smallville, Kansas, to the big city of Metropolis. There he lives a double life as Clark Kent, mild-mannered journalist, and Superman, protector of humanity.

Told in simple, child-friendly language and illustrated with bright, bold artwork inspired by the originals, Superman is the perfect introduction to this beloved American icon.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
The Man of Steel is already on kids' radars, so why not use this as a proper introduction?
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Cosentino introduces young readers to the iconic superhero, his origin story, and key characters and villains. Superman chronicles his story, beginning when he was an infant named Kal-El living on Krypton. Sent away on a rocket ship by his parents to escape the exploding planet, he eventually landed in Smallville, KS, where he was discovered by the Kent family and renamed Clark. It wasn't long before his abilities, normal on Krypton, proved to be exceptional on Earth. Origins out of the way, Superman's greatest enemies are presented in a series of spreads. The book concludes with the superhero's vow to protect Earth and help those in need. The simplified presentation and basic text are well suited to early readers. Bold illustrations serviceably support the text; single pictures often take up an entire page or spread. Page layout is large, clear, and uncluttered. Certain to draw interest from reluctant readers, this book will serve as a capable entry point to the Superman universe.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Cribbing freely from the classic TV show and the 1978 movie as well as episodes from decades of comics, the Man of Steel tersely describes his origins and strongly declares his intention to "fight a never-ending battle for truth and justice." As in Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight (2008), Cosentino pairs punchy commentary in a "handlettered" type to large, digitally painted cartoon panels featuring either scenes of the mighty-muscled superhero in action or portraits of sidekicks and select supervillains. Both Superman's two creators and a cameo of Alfred E. Neuman get proper credit in the acknowledgements, but the many other artists and writers whose work the author/illustrator references or out-and-out copies here pass unmentioned. Furthermore, the text that he hasn't lifted has awkward turns of phrase, from Superman's search for "ways to better help Earth and its people" to "No matter what size foes I must face . . . ." While it's certainly never too soon to introduce children to the first and still greatest of the modern costumed crime-fighters, he, and they, deserve better than this knockoff. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670062850
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 491,479
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Cosentino is a talented author, illustrator, and designer.A line of toys inspired by his books is available through his company, U.F.O. Toys. He lives in North Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    my 5 yr old son's favorite

    My 5 yr old son found this at the library. HE LOVES for it to be read aloud to him( he is not yet reading). I keep finding him sitting and looking at the pictures. The story is simply told and understood for a child his age. The pictures are beautiful. It does feature some of superman's villains but no real violence. (A younger child might find the pictures of the villains scary.) I was not a comic book fan as a kid but have fun reading him this book because he loves it so much. I am getting him his own copy( which I rarely do) and more for birthday party gifts. If your young son likes superheros this book will be a hit!

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