Wednesday, July 25, 2012
191. Super-Pets Showdown by Sarah Hines Stephens
US) - (Canada)
Finished: Jul. 12, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Genre: children, early chapter book, superheroes
First sentence: "Inside the Hall of Justice, Streaky curled into a ball on Supergirl's chair."
Publisher's Summary: "While the LEGION OF SUPER-PETS is busy protecting the universe, their KENNEL OF JUSTICE is attacked! The LEGION OF PETS hopes to pull the heroes' headquarters out of orbit and send it crashing down to Earth. Thankfully, PROTY, the shape-shifting SUPER-PET, is still aboard the doomed den. However, before he can save the world, this spineless specimen must prove he's more than just a pile of goo."
Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Publishing.
Reason for Reading: Ds loves this series and read this to me as his reader.
This is a special story in a way as it gathers together a group of super-pets that we've already met at the Justice League headquarters, with the exception on one new character, Proty. Everyone, human and pet is out on missions when a group of super villain pets (whom we've already met) comes in with plans to attack Earth. It's great fun seeing all the familiar faces and remembering (or trying to) which pet belongs to which superhero or villain. A fun story! On the other hand what made it fun made it difficult for my struggling reader to read; the multitude of different names for all the different characters simply had him lost. He couldn't read them or remember them as there were just too many. The book was overall just a tad too hard for him to read anyway at a 3.0 but usually he gets so into these stories he doesn't mind the struggle. This one was just a bit too much and I shared reading with him occasionally to keep him from becoming frustrated.