Superheroes Always Fight Back…Or Do They? - Story Snug

Superheroes Always Fight Back…Or Do They? by Kate Thompson & Clare Elsom

Superheroes Always Fight Back…Or Do They? is an empowering, humorous picture book that shows children how kindness can be a superpower. The superheroes in the story all have special strengths and attributes but ultimately it is their kindness that helps stop ‘baddies’ being bad.

The Story: Arthur lives next door to a ‘baddie’ who laughs when he falls down, ruins his games, and calls him names. He dreams of being a superhero so that he can banish her back to where she belongs. But Grandpa shows Arthur that he doesn’t need superpowers to handle a bully and encourages him to be kind instead. When super kind Arthur confronts the ‘baddie’ in her lair he is surprised and delighted by the result.

Arthur and Grandpa have a wonderful relationship and are both characters that children can easily relate to, we love the way that Grandpa is so encouraging. He explains to Arthur that although the superheroes, Gizmo Girl, Giggle Quake and Super SoundWave, (such brilliant names!) have different personalities and strengths – gadget-tastic, tough and fearless – they kindly help to solve the problems that make bullies behave the way they do. I love the way that potential reasons for bullying are shown and the way that the superheroes help through listening, food and games.

Superheroes Always Fight Back…Or Do They? is a fast paced story with an easy to read rhyme. Clare Elsom’s vibrant illustrations are bold and colourful and we love the characters’ costumes – particularly the superhero hamster and the ‘baddie’ next door neighbour’s spider legs.

We love the final spread that shows how Arthur discovers that true power can be found in kindness. This story shows readers big and small that an act of kindness is a superpower and even a small show of kindness can change somebody’s day.

Superheroes Always Fight Back…Or Do They? is a fabulous book to encourage discussions about being kind and how to deal with bullies. It’s the perfect book for an early years / key stage one classroom.

Age Range: 3+

Author: Kate Thompson / Illustrator: Clare Elsom

Thank you to Wellbeck Children’s for sending a review copy of Superheroes Always Fight Back…Or Do They?, it’s a great sequel to Superheroes Don’t Get Scared.

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12 responses to “Superheroes Always Fight Back…Or Do They? by Kate Thompson & Clare Elsom”

  1. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar

    What a wonderful book! Teaching kindness to little ones is so important. And I totally agree…..kindness is a superpower! 🙂 x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Kindness is a wonderful superpower!

  2. Ruth avatar

    This book sounds perfect for when we do our ‘Playing and Learning to Socialise’ series at preschool. I love the positive message and I am sure the illustrations would definitely keep the kids engaged.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, the book would be perfect for learning to socialise and the final double spread wraps the message up in a really wonderful way 🙂

  3. Amila Wickramarachchi avatar

    This sounds a great book for children. My son loves reading. I want to check this book, he would love to read a book that empowers him…Kindness is what we want in today’s world…

    1. Catherine avatar

      You can never have enough kindness – that’s for sure 🙂

  4. RaisieBay avatar

    I love it, Kindness is most definitely the best Superpower anyone can have.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Definitely! It’s great to know that we all have a superpower 😊

  5. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! How lovely. What a positive message for children. Kindness really is a superpower. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a superpower and it’s always good to be reminded of that 🙂

  6. Carol avatar

    Kindness is definitely a super power! I know that and love the book’s presentation. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love the way that the book shows kindness as a superpower – it’s a great way to promote it to young readers 🙂