I Just Want to be Super by Andrew Katz: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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#RWYK Certified Great Read #Review – I Just Want to be Super by Andrew Katz

5 stars

Happy Sunday readers!

We are a huge fan of using books as a resource to open discussion with kids about all manner of situations and problems. We have a wonderful new read for you and your family to spark discussions with children about a range of emotions. I Just Want to be Super by Andrew Katz is a GREAT read for kids with lots of energy who experience very big feelings. This truly is a lovely book.


Let’s Have A Look At The Book Blurb

I Just Want to Be Super!

“A super story for anyone who wants to be a superhero.” -Kirkus Reviews

I Just Want to Be Super!One morning, Nino finds a mask that gives him amazing powers. He can’t wait to blast into action! But no one will let him do all the super things he wants to do. Instead, everybody tells him stuff like Put away your dishes. Get dressed. Be CAREFUL.

Will Nino ever get the chance to show how super he can be?

With empathy, humor and exuberant imagination, dynamic writer-illustrator duo Andrew Katz and Tony Luzano tell a story all children will relate to, one about stretching their limits and discovering just what it means to be super.

Fans of Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes), Max (Where The Wild Things Are) and any kid with LOTS of energy will discover a kindred spirit in Nino. There are also character education lessons here, perfect for discussions both in the classroom and at home, on learning to use strength in a way that is positive and conscious of others.


About the author

Andrew Katz just wants to write stories, but he sometimes has to put his dishes in the sink––a lot like his nephew, who inspired the character of Nino in Andrew’s second picture book, illustrated by Tony Luzano, I Just Want To Be Super! (CrackBoom! Books, June 2020). The book was released simultaneously in French as Je suis Super Nino!

Andrew is also the author of How To Catch A Bear Who Loves To Read (CrackBoom! Books, November 2018), co-written with Juliana Léveillé-Trudel and illustrated by Gemini Award-winning animation director and illustrator Joseph Sherman. The French version, Comment attraper un ours qui aime lire, was nominated for a 2020 Forest of Reading Award.
Andrew teaches Children’s Literature and Creative Writing at Dawson College in Montreal. In 2013 he won his school’s Director General’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Connect with Andrew online:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewkatzbooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewkatzauthor/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.katz.100/
Website (still under construction): http://andrewkatzbooks.ca


Our Review

This book is SUPER!

Reading about superheroes is fun – becoming one is even better!

In this super cool comic style children’s book, your child will be magically transported into the imaginary world to become the super Kid!

This endearing and beautifully illustrated tale follows a cute little boy named Nino, with tons of energy.  He soars to new heights of imagination and confidence as he transforms into a brave and bold superhero with special powers, after wearing the superhero mask his pet cat Jaguar brings him one morning. He wants to do everything in super mode, from putting the dishes in the sink to saving his cat from a tree monster but he is told not to. Instead, he is asked to put away his dishes, get dressed, and be careful. With the help of his loving family, Nino discovers ways to be super by showing empathy to others and being super careful not to hurt anyone around him by his behavior. He learns that his actions have consequences but all in a fun way as he uses his superpowers throughout the day.

The artwork by Tony Luzano is simply superb! It is hard to believe that this is his first children’s book. We love the usage of vibrant colors and oversized pictures to show Nino’s expressions from all the different angles. It is impressive to see that the entire family is represented with brown skin and straight, black hair. Kids will relate to this book as it is written and illustrated from the kid’s perspective. The illustrations stand out and it is guaranteed to stimulate kids’ development and ignite their imagination. The comic storyline and amazing illustrations will inspire your child’s creativity.

This children’s book is filled with social-emotional messages about learning to control emotions and discovering what it means to be SUPER!

An inspiring and fun book for your little one!


Congratulations To Andrew Katz For Winning The RWYK Certified Great Read StatusClapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2


***A big thank you to the author for providing us a free copy of his book through the Reading with your Kids certified program. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely our own.


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