Pint-Sized Superheroes

Eliza Clark
September 20, 2010

Do preschoolers and superheroes mix? Some parents, remembering all those vicious bad guys and violent battles, might think not. Preschoolers themselves, however, eagerly say yes! They're not quite sure what superheroes are all about, but they know enough to want to be one. They want to fly! They want to save the day! They want to wear shiny suits and capes! And then, of course, they want to snuggle up in Spiderman pajamas for a cozy snooze. The life of a pint-sized superhero is quite exhausting.

Parents of preschoolers are, of course, right to be wary of comic books and action movies that are geared toward older kids. But that doesn't mean that the little ones need be discouraged from their superhero dreams. Books to the rescue! Below you'll find some exciting and age-appropriate books for your brave adventurers. Read on, and they'll soon be ready to save the world.

Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
Superheroes come in many surprising shapes and sizes. Take a dachshund, for example. Not normally anyone's idea of a caped crusader. But Dex, the diminutive dog of this story, is determined to become one. And so what does he do? He studies, he trains, and he orders a costume. Ta-da! Super-Dex helps puppies cross the street, saves mice from drowning in gutters, and generally makes the neighborhood safe for creatures large and small. When Cleevis the mean old cat gets stuck in a tree, will Dex be up to the job? Charming, vivid pictures bring this drama to life. No would-be superhero should miss it!

Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer
By day, he's a quiet boy who reads a lot. By night, it's a different story. Eliot Jones is the real deal, a serious superhero who saves ships in distress, finds stolen jewels and deflects a meteor on a collision course with Earth. This full-blown expression of the superhero dream is leavened with action-packed, multi-media illustrations and dashes of humor. What would the world do without this boy wonder?

The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Superheroes by Maxwell Eaton
Max and Pinky (boy and pig) have become a popular pair since their 2006 debut in The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds. Very funny, whimsical not to say wacky pictures and text make this duo more than dynamic. And when they decide to become superheroes? Just choosing a costume becomes a source of hilarity, and silliness saves the day. Hooray!

Max by Bob Graham
Some long to become superheroes. Others are born to be. Max, for instance, doesn't have much choice about the matter. His parents and grandparents are all superheroes, and they can't wait for him to learn to fly. Only thing is, Max is taking his own sweet time. Comic-style pictures, and a very sweet story make this book as funny and cheering as a superhero story can be.

Superhero Starter Kit
What does every superhero need? We're not entirely sure, but we know it can be found in this kit from Chicken Socks. A cape? Check. Wristbands with special powers? Check. And lots of other crucial gear and tips on superhero styling? Check, and check again. In other words, gotta have it.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis and David Soman
Superheroes are known to sport capes. But others prefer... wings! Ladybug Girl has many powers, the greatest of which is her imagination. When Lulu's adventures began, she was a solitary hero, just discovering her Ladybug Girl powers. Now, as a seasoned superhero, she is ready to recruit new members to her team. Together, she and Bumblebee Boy rid the playground of all perils and have a wonderful time doing it. We can't wait to see what Ladybug Girl will do next!

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