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Children’s Hour: Captain Cool

Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

Last week for Children’s Book Week we asked the kids to bring in a favourite book from home. Seeing as I’ve already done a favourite books Children’s Hour post (and err because I appear to be running out of books!) I’ve decided to do a Children’s Hour post on each of them (except The Gruffalo, because I’ve already posted about that).

One of the children forgot his book last week, and Mum said he had really wanted to bring it in so he brought it today instead. The book he bought was Captain Cool. It’s a simple story about a superhero. Captain Cool isn’t scared of anything, he saves people from aliens, monsters, robots, robbers…he just wishes he could get away from Mum’s cold stew!

When I asked the child to tell us about the book he said “eat the cars” which seems really random until you get to the section where Captain Cool saves people when aliens are eating their cars! It must be his favourite book.

It’s a simple superhero book, easier for the younger kids to follow that Superworm (which the younger kids find hard to follow). It’s rhyming which makes it easy to follow and ‘read’. The pictures are bright and simple too.

Captain Cool is no longer in print but you an order it new or used:

Paperback- new (from £17.91)

Paperback- used (from £0.01)

Hardback- new (from £25.46)

Hardback- used (from £21.80)

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