Books for Kids: The Superheroes Employment Agency

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The Superheroes Employment Agency
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Thomas Allen and Son
age 3-5
Written by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
40 pages

Synopsis from Thomas Allen and Son:

From Blunder Woman and Muffy the Vampire Sprayer to Stuporman and The Bulk, meet the members of the Superheroes Employment Agency—lovable misfits with oddball powers who make up for their lack of fame with an eagerness to please and a can-do attitude. These humorous, kid-friendly poems are sure to entertain while introducing readers to poetry in a fun, lighthearted, and accessible way. Told in Marilyn Singer’s witty verse and Noah Z. Jones’s hilarious illustrations, their story will make you laugh and cheer on these champions in their quests for heroic jobs.

As babies and toddlers, it’s not unusual for stories to be based in rhyme and verse. As kids get older, their stories are more narratives. Poetry doesn’t have to be something for the very young or adult. The Superheroes Employment Agency turns rhyme and verse into something fun. The book is based on a collection of short poems, focusing on various B-list superheroes, but it is still contained within the story of a superhero running her own employment agency, helping those heroes that usually get overlooked.

Kids will love reading about The Bulk and Muffy the Vampire Sprayer. You will find yourself chuckling at the powers of these B-list superheroes too. The illustrations are colourful and some of the page layouts are reminiscent of comic books. The Superheroes Employment Agency will illustrate to your young readers that poetry can be fun too.

You can find a copy of The Superheroes Employment Agency by visiting your local book store or visiting Thomas Allen and Son. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations. What are you reading with your kids?

I have to thank Thomas Allen and Son for my review copy.


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