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[Saturday Reads] 10 Rules Of Being A Superhero

... apparently even superheroes have rules.


Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.


We have just recently concluded our #GB101020 celebration for our tenth year anniversary. We are now ready to focus on our quarterly reading theme – and what better way than to feature a book that still features ten rules of being a superhero, a shout-out to our magic ten number.

Ten Rules Of Being A Superhero (Amazon | Book Depository)

Written and Illustrated by Deb Pilutti
Published by Henry Holt & Co. (2014)
ISBN: 0805097597 (ISBN13: 9780805097597). Borrowed from NLB Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

The book opens immediately to Rule Number One of what it means to be a superhero. I have a feeling that a lot of children would be very keen to know exactly what these rules are.

Evidently, not all mothers are particularly appreciative of these rules, as can be seen below. What I especially liked about this picturebook, apart from its light-heartedness and humor, is the attention to detail; not to mention the visual codes and clues embedded in each page.

The bright colors, onomatopoeia, and the genuine desire to draw bravery from within one’s self – even if it means wearing a cape is definitely appreciated by this reader. This is a fun, empowering book that would undoubtedly inspire young readers to find the superheroes within them.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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