Thursday, August 3, 2017
Review: Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer!/Esteban de Luna, ¡rescatador de bebés!
Author: Larissa M. Mercado-López
Illustrator: Alex Pardo DeLange
Publisher: Piñata Books
Review copy: Final copy from publisher
Availability: On shelves now
Summary: In this bilingual picture book, a young boy discovers that he can be a hero even though he doesn't have magical powers.
Review: Esteban has become disenchanted with his cape. He has consistently worn it all over the place, but he isn't able to leap over tall buildings or do any of the amazing things superheroes can do. He even decides maybe he should just sell his cape, but he wears it one last time. This time, he is able to do a super thing.
I appreciate that the story shows how everyday actions can still be super. We are all able to do helpful things. The illustrations are cute and cheerful. I think this would be great to read along with superhero books. I read another book last week that would also pair well with it - Super Manny Stands Up! It also features a caped hero showing everyday heroics. It would also go well with Nana in the City which has a cape that inspires courage.
Recommendation: This is a sweet story that would work well with preschool and kindergarten age students - especially if they have access to capes to wear.