My very own copy of THE BIG BOOK OF SUPERHEROES. Thanks to a contest on My Brain on Books (from none other than Joanne Fritz. Check out her blog), I already felt like a Superhero after my copy arrived direct from Bart King, the masterful author. The book is hefty. It must weigh, hold on a sec, I’ll be right back… yes, 2 pounds!
I jumped in right away and flipped through the pages. The first thing I came across was a 23 question quiz to take after reading the book. AHA. Maybe I already was a true superhero and didn’t know it. I took the quiz as a pretest and scored a 3, or a 4 with my lame answer on #8. Either way – not gifted. I was rather happy with my failure since the chapters titles were intriguing. Ones like SuperVillains and other Ethically Challenged People! Or how about, Superhero Training!
But wait, would it be too late for me to become a Superhero? I’m on my third career and frankly I don’t look like the Superhero type. Then again, Clark Kent and Peter Parker hadn’t looked the part either. Should I pass this along to my favorite 11-year-old as a gift to ensure his successful future? He would get his chance soon enough. I had to find out if I was hopelessly past getting my Superhero wings, cape, or, actually I’m not sure what you get.
As I read the chapters (not in order, and it didn’t seem to matter), there were more fun quizzes, loads of facts about superheroes I had never heard of, and unique trivia. I loved the activities – things you could make or do as directions are given to carry them out. Let’s just say my next party is going to have a few surprises. Also, every conceivable angle was covered as to how to actually become a superhero. Most in hilarious fashion. With the excellent cartoon style pictures along with the text, the ride is well worth anyone’s time, whether you have a sidekick or not.
After completing my journey, I retook the quiz and I’m proud to say scored a perfect 23. At least on paper I earned my full-fledged superhero degree, or at least it felt that way. Now the hard work begins. I need a name (ALWAYS IN THE MIDDLE MAN seemed a bit lame, but I’m working on it), a costume (my summer attire blends in with everyone else), and of course a mission. Regardless, I know I’ll be ready to save humankind thanks to Bart King and THE BIG BOOK OF SUPERHEROES. Holy Batman, this book is great!