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Arnold the Super-ish Hero

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Superhero stories are pretty much always a win with young readers. In this case, we have a character with no powers. A character who has always just been an assistant but finds himself in a position to help when the "real" heroes are busy. The evil he fights is nothing big. He finds his niche in small problems. The suggestion is, of course, that we all can help, that no one is too weak or too small. And Arnold isn't perfect. He sometimes bumbles his way into a solution. A great choice for a kid who aspires to be super.
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5 stars = Outstanding!
This is adorable! I loved Arnold, loved the superhero story, and loved the message here about kindness and helpfulness. Great illustrations. Truly delightful! Would be fun to read aloud.
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In a world full of superheroes, is there room for one more?

Arnold's family is in the superhero business; he answers the phone and takes very neat messages.  Is Arnold a late-bloomer?  Will his power slowly or suddenly appear?  What could it be?  How long will he have to wait?  

These are questions we often ask ourselves.  Maybe not about super powers, but sometimes it seems like everyone can do special, flashy, or wonderful things.  And we wonder if, like Arnold, we will live life as average office workers with very neat handwriting (or not in some cases, you know who you are).

On one special-ish day, Arnold received an urgent call.  But all of the superheroes were busy.  So he did what any good office worker would do.  He carefully wrote down the details and got busy.

One event started it all!  Arnold didn't get x-ray vision--something better!  He...found out he was already super-ish.  What Arnold did will remain a mystery until you read this fun illustrated book.  And after you do, you'll look at people wearing capes in a whole new way.

(I especially liked the background details in the drawings!)
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This book has a great message: kindness is a superpower. The illustrations are cartoony/comic esque which is a 'must have' for the classic superhero motif. I wish the "who is this" moment had gone on longer, maybe a billboard with the new superhero etc. All in all a cute story with a good message.
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Arnold is not a superhero like the rest of his family, but that doesn't stop him from helping others. Neither the moral nor the story is unique, but it does not stop the book from being a delightful story worth the read.
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I loved Arnold and The Super-ish Hero. Arnold comes from a family full of superheroes. However, Arnold's power doesn't seem to be coming. One day, a call for help comes and no other superheroes are available. Arnold takes a leap of faith and heads out to help the child in need. Through this journey, Arnold stops and helps lots of people in need. His actions don't go unnoticed, and he has soon been dubbed the superhero of kindness and good deeds. I loved how the whole book was illustrated in a comic book feel. I think this was a brilliant choice.
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Arnold comes from a family of superheroes, but his ability to answer phone calls isn't exactly a superpower. But one day, Arnold gets the chance when all the other superheroes are too busy fighting bad guys to answer a call! However, along the way, Arnold gets interrupted a lot, from helping someone cross the street, to helping feed the ducks. Will Arnold ever get to the actual distress call? And when he does, will he even be able to help since he has no superpowers? Arnold's misunderstandings of situations are humorous and the story has a wonderful message that everyone can be a superhero and that sometimes the best superpower is helping others.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other fashion for the review and the opinions reflected below are entirely my own. Special thanks to the publisher and author for providing the copy.
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As a grown adult, I absolutely loved this book! 
Very easy to read, and easy for children to understand. 
It's about a guy who comes from a family of superheroes, but he has no powers himself. 
But then he saves the day several times over, just by being himself and thinking things through. 
Lovely book, with great illustrations too.
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Arnold the Super-ish Hero by Heather Tekavec follows the adventures of Arnold who feels like he is just too ordinary in a family filled with extraordinary superheroes.  Arnold tries to find his place in the world and discovers a lacking area is less about super strength and more about super kindness.  This book has a strong message permeated throughout that every person is special even if how you are special seems lesser than others.  All have been given gifts and it is up to the individual to find their personal gift and use it to make the world better. The book is told in the graphic novel style with text boxes making it easily accessible for children with learning differences.  My son with ADHD was captured fully by the book were often he struggles with focus if books have too much text.  The spacing and pacing appealed to him!  I loved the message of self-worth while he loved the adventures!  It is a rare book that can combine these elements and can truly improve how kids view themselves.  This appealing book kept him laughing and eager to turn the page to see what happens next.  

I was provided a free advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review from Net Galley.  The opinions shared in this review are my own.
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I loved the story and comic book style captured in this book. Recommended for shelves at home and at school — and just the kind of book that would have grabbed my attention as a young reader.
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I loved this story!

Arnold is a fabulous little character and I loved seeing him progress to be one of the best super-ish heroes!  The book is well written, easy to follow and the illustrations are perfect they add so much extra to the story and really bring the book to life.

I love that the book has a “be true to yourself” vibe and the book deals with kindness and compassion too – I wish there were a few more Arnold’s in the world!

It is 5 stars from me for this one – very highly recommended – loved it!!
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Fun young graphic novel for fun young readers, as a lowly man is forced to join in with the family business of being a Super-Hero when everyone else is unavailable.  Normally he just mans the phones.  The moral that not all super-acts and super-deeds involve humongous levels of power, strength, sacrifice and devotion, is well done and well received.
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