Pint-Sized Heroes Save the Day | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

An amusing addition to early chapter books perfect for Marvel fans.

Cadenhead, MacKenzie & Sean Ryan. Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Sand Trap! illus. by Derek Laufman. 80p. (Super Hero Adventures Chapter Books: Bk. 2). Marvel. Apr. 2018. pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781368005807. POP

Gr 1-3 –Sandman has stolen money from the bank and is hiding out in the sandy playground area of Central Park. The police are having no luck finding him, so it’s up to Spider-Man and Squirrel Girl to battle the villain and keep the children safe. Told in a dozen colorful chapters, this installment features Spider-Man and Squirrel Girl as children themselves, who outwit the despicable adult, Sandman. Strangely, the officers disappear during the heroes’ encounter with the crook but show up again at the end to capture him. The corny puns and wordplay will keep readers chuckling. Readers will be drawn to this highly illustrated tale with familiar characters. VERDICT This action-packed early chapter book about superheroes is sure to be popular.–Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA

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