Super Turbo Saves the Day / Super Turbo vs. the Flying Ninja Squirrels – written by Edgar Powers, illustrated by Salvatore Costanza at Glass House Graphics


  Super Turbo Saves the Day – written by Edgar Powers, illustrated by Salvatore Costanza at Glass House Graphics, Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 9781534474475, 2021

Super Turbo vs. the Flying Ninja Squirrels– written by Edgar Powers, illustrated by Salvatore Costanza at Glass House Graphics, Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 9781534474505, 2021

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Action/Adventure (Graphic Novel)

What did you like about the book?  Captain Awesome’s hamster sidekick (from Stan Kirby’s chapter book series) gets his very own spinoff series packed with action and lots of laughs for young readers. Turbo is an unassuming Official Class Pet by day, but when the kids go home he dons a mask and a cape to become… Super Turbo! This adventurous hamster is joined by six other Superpets with a shared goal of keeping the school safe and finding delicious snacks.

Powers has created a plucky band of heroes that are dynamic and fun; each character is unique and has their share of strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the team, showing that being a hero, and a good friend, isn’t about being perfect. The two books both feature the same main adversary (a group of mice called the Rat Pack); the villainous foes are ultimately defeated using quick thinking, as opposed to brute force, making this an excellent title for demonstrating problem-solving skills.  Small scuffles still get visually-heavy action scenes that will keep up the story’s pace. The dialog, both between the characters and the narrator (who often breaks the fourth wall) is full of humor and positive exchanges.

Costanza’s illustrations bring the story together with bright colors and well-crafted panels that make the text easy to read and the plot easy to follow.

Almost everything about these titles will draw kids in!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun series for readers at a grade two to four level and a good read-alike for those seeking more Dog Man- or Geronimo Stilton-style adventures.

Who should buy this book? Libraries as a first purchase if you’re looking to build up your emergent reader graphic novels (alongside Narwhal and Jelly and Mr. Pants).

Where would you shelve it ? J Graphic Novels

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewMarch 19, 2021

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