________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 16. . . .December 19, 2014


Superfab Saves the Day.

Bérengère Delaporte & Jean Leroy. Illustrated by Bérengère Delaporte.
Toronto, ON: Owlkids Books, 2014.
40 pp., hardcover, pdf & EPUB, $17.95 (hc.), $9.99 (pdf), $9.99 (EPUB).
ISBN 978-1-77147-076-6 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-77147-117-6 (pdf), ISBN 978-1-77147-118-3 (EPUB).

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Carla Epp.

*** /4



“Wow! Those are SUPER gloves! Where did you get them?” the monster asked.

“I made them myself!” Superfab replied.

“I want them! Hand them over!”

“Hmmm, I don’t know…I stayed up a few nights in a row to make these gloves. It took forever to design the pattern, choose the fabric, stitch them together…”


Superfab is the most stylish super hero around. In fact, the best part about Superfab’s rabbit hole is his SUPER walk-in closet. Superfab considers his crime-fighting outfits very carefully. The only problem is that he takes so long to get ready that by the time he arrives on the scene of the crime, another super hero has always already saved the day! The calls to Superfab’s red phone for his services come less and less frequently until his phone no longer rings at all, much to his disappointment. To his surprise though, one day the phone does ring again, and, although Superfab expects the call to be a mistake, it turns out there is a monster that only he can fight. Superfab finds some common ground with the monster and saves the day by convincing the monster to leave the planet. Everyone vies to congratulate Superfab on being the only super hero able to defeat the terrible Destroyer.

internal art     Superfab Saves the Day is an original and interesting take on a traditional super hero story. It feels similar to a fractured fairy tale for the super hero genre. Superfab is a quirky, likeable character who knows what he likes and isn’t willing to compromise on what is most important to him (in this case, his sense of style). Superfab begins to learn that being so focussed on one thing though can come at the expense of other things that are important to you. When Superfab gets a second chance at crime fighting, he doesn’t give up his fashionable tendencies, but he does learn to curb the extreme amounts of time he was spending on them. He also learns that something that others might view as a liability can actually be a strength when his fashion prowess helps him defeat the monster that no one else could.

      The illustrations in this story are whimsical and childlike. They appear to be pencil crayon on paper illustrations and are busy and colorful. One excellent illustration is of a dejected Superfab in what appears to be his super hero ‘lair’. A tired Superfab sits in his chair where he has clearly been binge eating, but his ears are at attention for the ringing red super hero phone. Behind him are the mounted heads of all his monster conquests, including one that is a mount of about five wriggling tentacles. It is an ingenious take on a traditional hunting lodge look.

      Overall this is a well written, clever take on a super hero story. The writing is strong, and the illustrations interesting. The message that children can be unique and interested in things that may not be conventional is valuable but not didactic. Superfab Saves the Day would be a good purchase for public and school libraries.


Carla Epp is a hospital librarian with the University of Manitoba.

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