Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Review: SuperHero ABC by Bob McLeod
Silly and zany, and armed with the most unusual skills, the cast of superheroes that fill these pages will make learning your ABC's an out-of-this-world experience.
Meet Bubble-Man, who blows big bubbles at bullies; Laughing Lass, who laughs loudly at lawbreakers; and many more hilarious and irresistible characters from renowned comic-book illustrator Bob McLeod.
The Elliott Review:
Rather than following a specific plot structure, SuperHero ABC is a (for lack of a better word) portfolio of creative posters, each containing an inventive super-hero with an alliterative name and alliterative attributes. Each page is filled with bright, colorful illustrations with funny quips and details. It is a very natural way to introduce or re-enforce the concept of alliteration.
This is great for use with my older students in preparation for writing. It has some hilariously gross and mild potty humor references that the middle-schooler naturally loves to death without being over-the-top. The pictures are the perfect lead-in for thinking about super heroes and creative wording, so I have my students emulate the format presented when creating their own super hero and then describe a day in that person's life.