by J.S. Puller
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Middle Grade, Superheroes
Source: Publisher in Exchange for Honest Review
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Megan’s Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Crystal’s Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Disclaimer: this book will result in an extremely ugly cry.
That being said, it is probably one of the best books we have read so far in 2018. One you read and you are done. There was so much about this book that we both loved! First, of course, was Jane’s transformation from the shy mouse who did everything she could to blend into the shadows to Janey! – Captain Superlative’s trusty sidekick. She finds super powers in herself when she learns to stand up to the bully, with Captain Superlative’s guidance and not-so-gentle nudging, of course 🙂
Unique, colorful, full of the vibrant life that surrounds Captain Superlative. It only takes one look to tell that this book is about a girl who has truly become a superhero, out to show everybody that she isn’t afraid of bullies. She’s going to make a difference, no matter what people think of her.
We loved each and every one of these characters, even Dagmar the bully. She certainly gave gingers everywhere a bad name but we were pleased to see that she had her own backstory. The relationship between the bully and the bullied went very deep in this book, showing that these things also aren’t only skin deep. As for Janey – what a transformation! In the beginning, she wasn’t a character we expected anything out of, but as the story progressed, she not only stood up for herself but for others, too! And the Captain! Her story was the saddest, yet most beautiful of all!
The beginning of this book is actually taking place at the end, so it’s fairly easy to guess what’s going to happen. But then you’re thrown back to when the entire Captain Superlative way of life started and you forget. You’re frustrated, and then happy, and then sad. It goes back and forth. Then, just when you think this book can’t tear your heart to pieces anymore, there comes the ugly cry. Oh, but not just any ugly cry . . . the ugliest, most heart-wrenching cry ever. And yet . . . one of the best books of 2018.
This book reminds us that the hate spreads when we ignore the bullying. That, and people tend to strike out at others when they are hurting. Two very important things to remember.
About the Author
J.S. Puller is a playwright and debut author from the Windy City, Chicago. She has a master’s degree in elementary education and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Northwestern University. She is an award-winning member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and is actively involved in researching the social-emotional benefits of arts education with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. When not writing, she can usually be found in the theatre. Her play, WOMEN WHO WEAVE, was published by Playscripts, Inc.
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We received a complementary copy of this book via the publisher, Disney Hyperion, in exchange for our honest review. This review is part of our tour stop for Rock Star Book Tours and the gifting of this book in no way influenced the opinions expressed within.
Have you read Captain Superlative yet? We adored Janey and her newfound sidekick-ness. Who was your favorite character? If you had any super power for a day, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below!