Saturday, September 21, 2013

Man of Steel: The Early Years Junior Novel adapted by Frank Whitman –ADVISABLE

Whitman, Frank Man of Steel: The Early Years Junior Novel 144 pgs. HarperFestival, 2013. $5.39.  

Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

The story of the early years of Clark Kent, this book starts with his parents tearfully sending him off into space as their planet destructs. We read about discovery and home life with his adoptive parents, the Kents. Clark experiences several trials in regards to using his super abilities and keeping them a secret. Will he use them for mischief or to win at sports? Clark must decide if he wants to be a hero, the kind with humility.

I think 2 and 3rd graders will enjoy this story! I really like the questions it brings up, such as using super abilities to show off. Then when another boy takes credit for Clark’s bravery, Clark must learn how to be gracious and that helping is its own reward. Students love superhero's and why not give them this wholesome one. The students will be drawn to the modern bright cover and also enjoy the section of pictures from the movie. Great for reluctant readers.


Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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