First time school jitters are real! Facing the fears of first day school blues, Superhero vs School, will help children see the potential of school instead of the alternatives. Building upon the idea of heros, villains, first day fears, and new friends.
Learning about Superhero vs School
Ethan Long with Bloomsbury Children’s books, uses humour to help children adjust to the new reality of school. Bright images with a bit of a comic book feel fill the pages of this 32-page picture book. Geared to young children in preschool through grade one. The imagination of a young child runs rampant throughout.
From the cover:
In the darkest of nights, when all else is lost, Scotty is ready to vanquish any foe. After all, that’s what a superhero does.
But this hero is about to come face-to-face with his greatest fear, his only weakness: the first day of school!
But just when Scotty thinks all hope is lost, he realizes that school is no match for a whole team of heroes – his new friends.
My review is on behalf of Raincoast Books.
As I read this story I was thinking two things. First, the frustration of a mom trying to get a child ready for school maybe without knowing everything going on in her little man’s mind. Second, the imagination of a child is both a wonderful and sometimes scary thing.
Young Scotty was having quite the adventure going on in his head. School, a scary monsterous place. The vivid illustrations of Ethan Long bring his fears to light.
This would be a fun book to read with a group of children BEFORE they head off to school. The font is an excellent size for reading to a group. Gather them around and read them the story, stopping mid-way through to ask if they have any concerns about starting school. Taking the time to discuss their feelings and concerns. Then reading on and seeing what Scotty discovered… he’s not in this alone!
Should you get Ethan Long’s book?
I wish Scotty had discovered more than just friends to help him through the day. I wish he had discovered a fun teacher, and helpful staff along the way, and realized his parent’s concern for him well-being. My delight in Superhero vs school, Scotty wasn’t left in his fear, but instead was able to look beyond to the people around him.