Thursday, 30 May 2013

Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer & Alex T. Smith

Eliot Jones may look like any other kid on the block, but do not be fooled by his quiet daytime persona.  Come midnight this kid turns into a full blooded superhero. The city, the queen and indeed the world depend on him to regularly save them from lions, recover the royal jewels and in one final good deed, to save the earth from a gigantic meteor.

This is a fast paced story that reminds me a bit of a book I reviewed previously called Big Plans. It lends itself to a chorus of 'hoorays' and spontaneous applause as Eliot whizzes through each scene  and resolves one crisis after another. E loves the action, the helicopter, the jet plane and the meteor bursting rocket launcher. I love the tidy story lines where we learn that Eliot just happens to be an expert lion tamer, just happens to be an expert swimmer and just happens to have built a meteor busting rocket launcher in advance of the crisis where he saves the world.

The text is slightly longer than some of E's earlier picture books and is nicely balanced against the quick pace and loaded illustrations.  Have a look at Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero and get ready for a little bit of a wild ride!

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