What’s My Superpower? – Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Tim Mack

  What’s My Superpower? – Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Tim Mack, Inhabit Media, (9781772271409), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A little Inuit girl, wearing a yellow cape and snowmobile goggles, discovers that many of her friends have “superpowers” as she longs to find her own.  Accompanied by a chubby husky dog, Nalvana takes joy in everything about her small town.  She is full of positivity as she points out each of her friends’ superpowers: Davidee is superfast, Maata can fly or at least jump really far off a swing, Joanasie can build things, and Adamie can hold his breath under water for a super long time.  Nalvana is a wonderful cheerleader for her friends as she keeps up the hope of finding her own power.  He mom is warm and encouraging telling Nalvana “‘…don’t worry, we’ll figure out what your special talent is soon.’”  In the end, Nalvana realizes that her superpower is the power to make people feel good about themselves.   The illustrations in tones of muted green, yellow, red and brown give the story a nostalgic feel while the characters are reminiscent of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts gang. The book includes an Inuktitak glossary for the words used in the story.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a story that will be enjoyed by readers who like super heroes as well as those who are searching for their own superpower.  This one is a nice addition to stories about being oneself, girl power and self-esteem.  The Inuit culture and setting will be of interest to young explorers.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/29/17             


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