Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Batman is Brave! by Donald Lemke


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

Follow BATMAN on this colorful, action-packed adventure about being brave! Illustrated by award-winning artist Ethan Beavers in the popular DC Animated Style, BATMAN IS BRAVE! introduces young children to the character education concept of courage, while appealing to comic book fans of all ages.
Board Book for ages 1-3. From the DC BOARD BOOKS series, featuring DC Comics' Greatest Super Heroes, BATMAN and SUPERMAN!
*Wide appeal - SUPERMAN and BATMAN are the most popular super hero characters in the world!
*Proven track record - Capstone has sold over 600,000 copies in the DC SUPER HEROES chapter book series
*Safe and educational - each book focuses on a character education topic (courage, respect, honesty, responsibility) in a safe and gentle way
About the Author:
Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of comic books, including the Zinc Alloy series and the adventures of Bike Rider, and many chapter books for DC Comics. Donald lives in Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, and their not-so-golden retriever, Paulie.
About the Illustrator:
Ethan Beavers is an American comic book artist from Modesto, CA. Ethan’s comic industry work includes titles as Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans Go!, Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century, Six, Noble Causes: Distant Relatives #4, as well as pin ups in Savage Dragon #112 and Hellhounds #3. Ethan is also a storyboard artist for Warner Bros. Justice League Unlimited animated show on Cartoon Network. He now illustrates a series called NERDS by Michael Buckley. He also created comic art for George Lucas such as Clone Wars and Indiana Jones.

MY TAKE:
Batman for kids: what's not to like?

In Batman is Brave!, kids get to see Batman in his natural element in Gotham City. They also get to learn about the different tools and weapons that Batman uses.

I enjoyed the illustrations which are at par with what I would expect to see in Batman comics and cartoons. The text, though, is meant for young readers, particularly those who are just starting to learn how to read and learn about concepts like courage. Older readers may find the text a bit repetitive, although they might like the different Batman gadgets mentioned.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Young Readers for the e-ARC. Publication date of Batman is Brave! is on August 1, 2013.

THE GOOD:

  1. The illustrations are much what you would expect from Batman cartoons.
  2. It's a good way to introduce kids to Batman.
  3. It's a good book for fathers to read to their kids.

THE BAD:

  1. The text may feel repetitive for older kids.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Batman is brave!
READ IT IF:

  1. Your child likes Batman.
  2. You want to introduce your child to Batman and other superheroes.
  3. You are looking for a book that your child and your husband can read together.

RATING:
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