It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane….It’s Super Guinea Pig…

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If you’re in need of a  Superhero (and who isn’t?), then Inly is the place to be these days. Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students just celebrated the end of their Superhero projects and the classrooms are buzzing with fast paced and exciting stories. The kids and their superhuman teachers worked for months on writing, editing and illustrating picture books featuring feats of derring-do by characters with names like Quiet Girl and Prehistoric Kid.

Here are a few illustrations from their stories…

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When we think of superheroes, most of us think of the most famous defenders of the public good – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spiderman. But there are many other lesser known stars of the superhero universe. You can have a whole collection of books that don’t include characters owned by DC Comics or Marvel Characters.  Here are ten good ones:

Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner (Dex is a dachshund and smaller than the neighborhood cats. “He looked like a plump sausage sitting on four little meatballs.” That description makes me want a dachshund! Dex may be small, but he is a fan of comic books and he wants to be a superhero.)

Eliot Jones: Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottinger (Eliot reads by day and turns into a superhero at guess what time!) 

Stink: Solar System Superhero by Megan McDonald (part of the Stink/Judy Moody series, this one is a chapter book, but I had to include the story of Stink’s campaign to reinstate Pluto as a planet.)

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod (a perfect book for young comic book fans, complete with onomatopoeic captions and a character named Goo Girl!)

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman (A must-read for comic book fans. The story of Joe Schuster and Jerry Siegel, the creators of the Man of Steel)

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds (When their teachers are kidnapped by ice zombies, the superhero students use their math skills to save the day!)

Atomic Ace: He’s Just My Dad by Jeff Weigel (Told from his son’s point of view, Atomic Ace battles evil forces like the Insect King)

Atomic Ace and the Robot Rampage by Jeff Weigel (further adventures of Atomic Ace and his son)

Super Guinea Pig to the Rescue by Udo Weigelt (A super guinea pig.  Clearly an important book)

Superhero Joe by Jacqueline Preiss (When Joe needs confidence, he wears his “Cape of Confidence.”)

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