- Posted by Johanna on August 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm
- Category: Books and Prose
- CREDITS: written by Donald Lemke; art by Ethen Beavers
- PUBLISHER: Picture Window Books; $7.99 US
This adorable board book for ages 1-3 has a simple but reassuring message.
Although “nighttime can be scary” and so can monsters, “Batman is not afraid”. Kids can learn from his example, although they don’t have the advantage of his Batrope, Batcycle, or other cool gadgets.
The chunky pages are typical of kids’ books, while the shaped outline, highlighting the cover Bat-signal, makes the book stand out. The art is firmly in the style of the Batman cartoons, square-jawed hero and all.
Although there is one page featuring classic villains — Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Clayface — there is no actual conflict in the book, for parents that are concerned about encouraging fighting or punching.
The text is repetitive, with simple sentence structure. That’s comforting for kids and fun to read aloud with them. (The publisher provided a review copy.)