Captain Awesome to the Rescue by Stan Kirby, illustrated by George O’Connor
Eugene’s family has just moved to Sunnyview and he has to start a new school. Happily, Eugene is very courageous. He has to be in order to transform into Captain Awesome. Now if he can just find his cape, before he’s attacked by Queen Stinkypants, also known as his little sister! When Eugene starts school, his teacher gives him the responsibility of caring for the class hamster, Turbo. Eugene does a very careful job, until one day he discovers Turbo has been hamsternapped. It may just take Captain Awesome to reveal what really happened to Turbo and save him from some villainous plot.
This beginning chapter book has the mass appeal of superheroes. It also has a cheery tone and a light touch. The humor has the right tone for this age group, and doesn’t push it over the top. This is a book that parents and children can share together, something you want with first chapter books. As with all early reading books, the story is simple and the characters are not complex. Still, there is adventure, plenty of villains, and the making of friends to carry the book well.
While this makes a good choice for reluctant readers, it is also good for children who are reading early as well. There is no content here to disturb parents of preschoolers who may be reading naturally on their own.
This is a great pick for children who will soon enjoy Captain Underpants but are not quite ready as readers. Appropriate for ages 5-7, or younger if they are starting to read on their own.
Reviewed from library copy.