I Wish I Could Be a Superhero
NLA Publishing, 2017
32pp., pbk., RRP $A17.99
Wesley Wombat really wanted to be a superhero.
‘If only I had superpowers like all my friends!’ he thought longingly.
If only he could fly like the king parrot, swim like the platypus, jump like the kangaroo or protect himself with body armour like the echidna. But, sadly, no matter how hard he tries to be like his friends in the bush, his attempts end in near disaster. He is feeling really despondent but his mother reassures him he will find his special talent and to look forward to the birthday party with his friends the next day. And it is on his way to the party that Wesley discovers his super power and becomes a super hero.
This is a charming story written for the very young who are learning to identify our unique indigenous creatures and their special characteristics. Using a lift-the-flap format, Cheryl Westenberg has created the most wonderful illustrations of Wesley’s mishaps that little ones (and bigger ones too) will roll on the floor laughing and really understand the fun to be had in stories while understanding that each of us has our own super power because we are all really good at something. Bright and colourful and accompanied by extra pages of facts about each of the featured creatures, this is a must-have addition for the early childhood collection.