Reviews for Superman : The Story of the Man of Steel

Booklist Reviews 2010 January #1
As he did with Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight (2008), Cosentino acquaints the youngest readers with a comic-book legend. Nothing here resembles a story; instead, Cosentino presents snapshots that provide a groundwork for understanding Supe's endless print, TV, and movie iterations. Thick-lined new-retro cartoon art in startling primary colors sets off the (rather boastful) block-jawed hero: "I am Earth's greatest super hero. . . . This is my story." A flashback follows his escape from Krypton, and his boyhood with the Kents features many beloved touchstones (lifting his parents' truck, outrunning a train). The lineup of his Daily Planet cohorts (including Perry White crying "Great Caesar's ghost!") is followed by the evildoers, who get one double-page spread apiece: Luthor, Metallo, Braniac, and Bizarro. It's all pretty rock-'em-sock-'em (and even a bit scary in places), though at no point is Superman ever in danger. The Man of Steel is already on kids' radars, so why not use this as a proper introduction? Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
The superhero's origin story is given a picture book treatment. Beginning with his birth on Krypton and continuing with his childhood on Earth, the story ends short of an actual adventure, though it does tack on an introduction to some of Superman's primary enemies. The digital illustrations, with thick outlines and simplified details, are a little more garish than the original comics. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2010 March #1
Cribbing freely from the classic TV show and the 1978 movie as well as episodes from decades of comics, the Man of Steel tersely describes his origins and strongly declares his intention to "fight a never-ending battle for truth and justice." As in Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight (2008), Cosentino pairs punchy commentary in a "handlettered" type to large, digitally painted cartoon panels featuring either scenes of the mighty-muscled superhero in action or portraits of sidekicks and select supervillains. Both Superman's two creators and a cameo of Alfred E. Neuman get proper credit in the acknowledgements, but the many other artists and writers whose work the author/illustrator references or out-and-out copies here pass unmentioned. Furthermore, the text that he hasn't lifted has awkward turns of phrase, from Superman's search for "ways to better help Earth and its people" to "No matter what size foes I must faceā€¦." While it's certainly never too soon to introduce children to the first and still greatest of the modern costumed crime-fighters, he, and they, deserve better than this knockoff. (Picture book. 4-6) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 May

Gr 1-3--Cosentino introduces young readers to the iconic superhero, his origin story, and key characters and villains. Superman chronicles his story, beginning when he was an infant named Kal-El living on Krypton. Sent away on a rocket ship by his parents to escape the exploding planet, he eventually landed in Smallville, KS, where he was discovered by the Kent family and renamed Clark. It wasn't long before his abilities, normal on Krypton, proved to be exceptional on Earth. Origins out of the way, Superman's greatest enemies are presented in a series of spreads. The book concludes with the superhero's vow to protect Earth and help those in need. The simplified presentation and basic text are well suited to early readers. Bold illustrations serviceably support the text; single pictures often take up an entire page or spread. Page layout is large, clear, and uncluttered. Certain to draw interest from reluctant readers, this book will serve as a capable entry point to the Superman universe.--Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI

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