Move over Superhero Dad—there’s a new superhero in town. As in their previous collaboration (2016), Knapman and Berger spin a young girl’s ordinary routine so that it seems her mother must be a superhero.
The child narrator in this spunky picture book acknowledges that many mothers are special, but she believes that her mom—who sports a high ponytail and rocks red Chuck Taylors—is a superhero. Berger’s high-energy digital graphics show the supermom in mid-motion, making pancakes, untangling hair, and tending to a hurt knee.
The mother in Timothy Knapman’s high-energy paean for 2- to 5-year-olds, ‘Superhero Mom’ (Nosy Crow, 28 pages, $15.99), dazzles her young daughter with amazing competence, speed and ingenuity. Youthful and ponytailed, with a retro scarf around her neck, Superhero Mom in Joe Berger’s pictures throws off stars and rainbows like a human sparkler. ‘She does so many things at once,’ the narrator exults. ‘She zooms from here to there. Mending . . . mixing . . . making . . . taming tangles in my hair.’
—The Wall Street Journal