Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Superdog: Heart of a Hero

Superdog: Heart of a Hero

Written by Caralyn Buehner

Illustrated by Mark Buehner

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,2004

ISBN #: 978-0-06-623621-6

Summary:

Small dog Dexter gets picked on relentlessly by other dogs and even Cleevis the tomcat. Fed up with all the bullying, Dexter starts superhero training to become the top dog. Soon, he is Dex--Superdog willing to help anyone in need, even Cleevis. Dex discovers size isn't always the thing you need to do what seems impossible, determination is.

My Thoughts About This Book:

This book is a treat! This story has a wonderful message that shows others how when you are determined to do or become something, anything is possible. I look forward to sharing this with students who sometimes feel down when they can't do everything an older sibling can. Anyone would find inspiration in Dexter's determination. The illustrations add a great deal to the story, portraying Dexter's determination through his expressions and actions. The pictures will bring a smile to your face--especially the ones of Dex flexing his muscles.

Review Excerpts:

From School Library Journal: "The story line may be a bit predictable, but the Buehners' considerable talents render it fresh and funny. The author has created a lovable and memorable character in the endearing and stalwart Dex, and the illustrator's retro-style artwork is charming. As in Fanny's Dream (Dial, 1996), he has added to the fun by hiding cats, rabbits, and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the clouds and shadows. This dynamic combination of heart and humor should not be missed."

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