The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King – May the 4th Be With You!

I am TOTALLY EXCITED about my review today!

Not only is today STAR WARS DAY (click on the logo to learn more) and I will be celebrating the most awesome movie(s) (and don’t forget all of the books, too!) ever made,


I also get to review an awesome book, not about Star Wars, but another one of my favorite subjects, superheroes! Let’s not forget – I am a superhero myself –


Being a fan of Bart King’s The Big Book of Boy Stuff (see my review HERE) – I jumped at the chance to review his new book – The Big Book of Superheroes (and we all know how much I like superheroes).

So – on to my review!


Umm, excuse me, folks, but I think I hear someone…


Wh-Who’s there?

It is I.


photo credit Ron Riccio (click on photo to go to album)

Oh – hi, Darth Vader! Nice to see you back on my blog. Are you stopping by because it’s Star Wars Day?

No. I am here because I shall do today’s review. I plan to bring order to your blog.

Thanks anyway Lord Vader but I think I’ll do the review. I am really looking forward to it. Besides after what you did to me on Star Wars Reads Day (click HERE), I don’t think I want you reviewing any books for me anymore. Plus, my blog already has order.

You underestimate the Power of my Reviews.

Sorry Darth, but you can’t go around force-choking people and expect them to just hand over their blog to you.

I find your lack of forgiveness disturbing.

Good point, Lord Vader. Let’s make a deal, and do the review together, okay?

Apology accepted, Admiral.

Huh? Anyway, let’s get on to the review –
bigbookThe Big Book of Superheros
By Bart King
Illustrated by Greg Paprocki
288 pages – ages 8+
Published by Gibbs Smith on April 1, 2014

Summary –

From the inside jacket “Is it hard to become a superhero?
For starters, you need the perfect superhero name, a secret identity, a cool costume, and a burning desire to fight evil. But where are you going to get all that stuff?
Right here, inside The Big Book of Superheroes. It will teach you everything you need to know–including how to get mind-blowing superpowers. (They’re good for your self-esteem!)

In his newest book, Mr. King talks about how to become a great superhero. He gives advice on how to create your superhero’s name, tells you how to make a jetpack, and points out that it would be smart to join/start a superhero team.

Admiral King gives great pointers, from how to fight supervillain-toddlers (which are awesome people.) and how to run across a tightrope from a building to another to fight your arch-nemesis (or a rebel fighter).

Mr. King has got everything you need to be a superhero packed in this book!

But Admiral King underestimates the Power of the Dark Side.

Darth, that kind of talk is creeping me out. The book is about Superheroes, not Dark Lords of the Sith. But I’m really glad you spoke up there. You could actually make a good reviewer.

You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander.


How about if we just move on to what we thought about the book?


What I We Thought – 

This is an amazing book. It is hilarious and has a bunch of things that make you laugh (e.g: there is a section on how to get a quickpass to being a superhero. Being an orphan, and being a handsome multi-millionaire are two.) I like how Mr. King has mini-quizes about superheroes (like, who has the most superpowers – Superman, J’onn J’onzz (the Martian Manhunter), or Spiderman?).

I know the answer. It is obviously “Darth Vader.”

Umm… Well, the book says “J’onn J’onzz”… Umm… Let’s carry on…

Well, I really like the pencil sketch-like illustrations that Mr. King has in the book. They add a lot of humor.

They are impressive. Most impressive.

Good choice of words, Darth! Mr. King has a section on buying/making your own superhero costumes.

The ability to craft a cape is insignificant next to the power of the force.


Mr. King has written a great story about becoming a superhero.

What did you think about that, Darth?


Lord Vader?

Oh, there you are. What are you doing?

I am emailing.

But I thought our deal was that we were reviewing this book together?

I am altering the deal, pray I do not alter it any further…

Uh, okay, but who are you emailing?

Admiral King. An author with his obvious talents should not be wasting it on superheroes. He should write a book like – “The Big Book of Vader Stuff” or “The Big Book of Rebel Wimps.”

But don’t you… Oh, never mind. I, for one, loved this book and can’t wait to read what Mr. King comes up with next!

The Big Book of The Dark Side!

That’s enough Darth! *sigh* Sorry, Mr. King…

Five out of five bookworms for The Big Book of Superheroes! fivebooks

To learn more about Mr. King and his other books, please visit his website by clicking HERE.

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and remember –



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41 replies

  1. Don’t say I said this, but, some people who have super powers also have too much attitude, and I won’t mention names. To be on the safe side, you understand.

    This books seems like another interesting scenario to interest young readers. You controlled this review well, Erik, despite some opposition. Good job.

  2. Erik, May the Fourth by with you too! Did you see Disney is releasing new Star Wars books by the likes of Tom Angleberger and Tony Diterlizzi? I think you need some review copies, my friend.

  3. Good review, but I need a second opinion. What does Jabba think?

  4. Hey Erik, link to Bart King’s website is a dud. Interesting review. Bringing is a, speaking of dud, defunct ruler, really makes you look so good. I mean, you are a good reviewer. It is just bringing in this Vader-guy really makes you look good. What an ego on this guy. Well, I think I might like this book. I will have to check it out. Thanks Erik. 🙂

  5. May the 4th be with you too – great review, cannot wait to find this – my guys will BOTH lov it! Thanks!

  6. You and Mr Vader make a fine team! Is that a good thing? I think I need to find this book thought! Thanks!

  7. I am thoroughly entertained, lol!

  8. I want to read this book! Say thank you to Darth Vader.

  9. May the fourth be with us all! Congrats on not getting force choked after your encounter 😉

  10. Gosh, what a fun co-review! (‘The Big Book of Rebel Wimp’ sounds good, by the way.) I’ll search for Mr. King’s book and introduce it to my nephews!

  11. I see you can use assistance with your reviews. Maybe I can help you. I am Boba Fett.

    Kidding! Thank you so much for this review, Erik. I had so much fun reading it, I even forgot it was for MY vile volume. 😛

  12. Maybe if I read this, I can become a superhero too!

  13. Erik, I enjoyed this SO much! lol And please, next time you see Darth, pass along my regards, will ya? I don’t want to get on his “Dark” Side! 😉 Book sounds great, btw! Get any pointers? 😉

  14. This review is crazy entertaining. I can’t get past picturing Darth Vader emailing. 🙂 The book sounds great. ~Cool Mom

  15. You do know I’m a psychologist, right? I do deal with dissociative disorders, on occasion. Let me know, dear. 🙂

  16. May the Fourth be with you too! Good to see GUYS reviewing books on such an auspicious day. I will definitely look for this one. Thanks for the recommendation!


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