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Picturebook Teaches About Channeling Negative Emotions Into Positive Energy in Shelly Becker’s “Even Superheroes Have Bad Days”


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Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

Written by: Shelly Becker
Illustrated by: Eda Kaban
Published by: Sterling Children’s Books (2016)
ISBN-10: 1454913940
ISBN-13: 978-1454913948

“When superheroes don’t get their way, when they’re sad,
when they’re mad, when they have a bad day…
…they could use super-powers to kick, punch, and pound.
They could shriek—they could screech with an ear-piercing sound.

In this short but fun rhyming picturebook written by Shelly Becker and digitally illustrated by Eda Kaban, children will learn that superheroes are just like ordinary people who have no super-powers. Superheroes also have bad days and things don’t always go their way. We’ve all had bad days, right? Can you think of a time when you’ve had a really bad day? What happened? What did you do about it?


Super-emotions can be overwhelming at times that superheroes could easily lose control. They could use their super-powers to cause trouble, create disturbances, and spread mayhem in the city. Yes, they could! But the superheroes in Becker’s picturebook would not!


“But upset superheroes have all sorts of choices…

Instead of destruction and loud, livid voices
they burn angry steam off with speed-of-light hiking
or super-Xtreme outer space mountain biking.

They chase wanted bad guys with super-charged zing,
dragging hundreds to jail while police dance and sing.”

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days illustrates how one can channel the negativity into something more positive and more productive. In psychology, we refer to that defense mechanism as sublimation. Even Superheroes Have Bad Days is a good resource to help kids understand that it’s okay to have bad days and it’s okay to slump and cry. What’s important is that they pick themselves up and move on with their day. It’s one thing to feel bad and another to allow your emotions to take over. Acknowledge the negative feelings, then take a deep breath and carry on.

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1 comment on “Picturebook Teaches About Channeling Negative Emotions Into Positive Energy in Shelly Becker’s “Even Superheroes Have Bad Days”

  1. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Do Superheroes Have Bad Days and Make Mistakes? Yes Ma’am. – Gathering Books

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