Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero

Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer, illustrated by Alex T. Smith

Eliot is a very quiet child by day.  He reads books and feeds his fish.  But when midnight strikes, Eliot becomes a superhero!  He has all sorts of adventures: returning lions to the zoo, saving ships, and recovering the crown jewels.  Tonight he has to stop a huge meteor that is heading right for earth!  In a series of adventures and mishaps, the question becomes whether he can save earth in time.

Imagination to the rescue!  Eliot has great classic adventures that will appeal to children.  His quiet identity at home is also a classic superhero alter-ego, which will be appreciated.  The text is written to be read aloud with fonts that call for crashing noises, loud explosions, and even quiet.  Smith’s illustrations are a great mix of collage and drawing, creating an exciting setting for each of Eliot’s adventures.  They are clever, wry and very silly, perfection for the book.

Recommended for children who have their own capes, this book will fly into eager hands.  Appropriate for ages 4-7.

Reviewed from library copy.