The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King – May the 4th Be With You!

4 May

I am TOTALLY EXCITED about my review today!

Not only is today STAR WARS DAY (click on the logo to learn more) and I will be celebrating the most awesome movie(s) (and don’t forget all of the books, too!) ever made,


I also get to review an awesome book, not about Star Wars, but another one of my favorite subjects, superheroes! Let’s not forget – I am a superhero myself –


Being a fan of Bart King’s The Big Book of Boy Stuff (see my review HERE) – I jumped at the chance to review his new book – The Big Book of Superheroes (and we all know how much I like superheroes).

So – on to my review!


Umm, excuse me, folks, but I think I hear someone…


Wh-Who’s there?

It is I.


photo credit Ron Riccio (click on photo to go to album)

Oh – hi, Darth Vader! Nice to see you back on my blog. Are you stopping by because it’s Star Wars Day?

No. I am here because I shall do today’s review. I plan to bring order to your blog.

Thanks anyway Lord Vader but I think I’ll do the review. I am really looking forward to it. Besides after what you did to me on Star Wars Reads Day (click HERE), I don’t think I want you reviewing any books for me anymore. Plus, my blog already has order.

You underestimate the Power of my Reviews.

Sorry Darth, but you can’t go around force-choking people and expect them to just hand over their blog to you.

I find your lack of forgiveness disturbing.

Good point, Lord Vader. Let’s make a deal, and do the review together, okay?

Apology accepted, Admiral.

Huh? Anyway, let’s get on to the review –
bigbookThe Big Book of Superheros
By Bart King
Illustrated by Greg Paprocki
288 pages – ages 8+
Published by Gibbs Smith on April 1, 2014

Summary –

From the inside jacket “Is it hard to become a superhero?
For starters, you need the perfect superhero name, a secret identity, a cool costume, and a burning desire to fight evil. But where are you going to get all that stuff?
Right here, inside The Big Book of Superheroes. It will teach you everything you need to know–including how to get mind-blowing superpowers. (They’re good for your self-esteem!)

In his newest book, Mr. King talks about how to become a great superhero. He gives advice on how to create your superhero’s name, tells you how to make a jetpack, and points out that it would be smart to join/start a superhero team.

Admiral King gives great pointers, from how to fight supervillain-toddlers (which are awesome people.) and how to run across a tightrope from a building to another to fight your arch-nemesis (or a rebel fighter).

Mr. King has got everything you need to be a superhero packed in this book!

But Admiral King underestimates the Power of the Dark Side.

Darth, that kind of talk is creeping me out. The book is about Superheroes, not Dark Lords of the Sith. But I’m really glad you spoke up there. You could actually make a good reviewer.

You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander.


How about if we just move on to what we thought about the book?


What I We Thought – 

This is an amazing book. It is hilarious and has a bunch of things that make you laugh (e.g: there is a section on how to get a quickpass to being a superhero. Being an orphan, and being a handsome multi-millionaire are two.) I like how Mr. King has mini-quizes about superheroes (like, who has the most superpowers – Superman, J’onn J’onzz (the Martian Manhunter), or Spiderman?).

I know the answer. It is obviously “Darth Vader.”

Umm… Well, the book says “J’onn J’onzz”… Umm… Let’s carry on…

Well, I really like the pencil sketch-like illustrations that Mr. King has in the book. They add a lot of humor.

They are impressive. Most impressive.

Good choice of words, Darth! Mr. King has a section on buying/making your own superhero costumes.

The ability to craft a cape is insignificant next to the power of the force.


Mr. King has written a great story about becoming a superhero.

What did you think about that, Darth?


Lord Vader?

Oh, there you are. What are you doing?

I am emailing.

But I thought our deal was that we were reviewing this book together?

I am altering the deal, pray I do not alter it any further…

Uh, okay, but who are you emailing?

Admiral King. An author with his obvious talents should not be wasting it on superheroes. He should write a book like – “The Big Book of Vader Stuff” or “The Big Book of Rebel Wimps.”

But don’t you… Oh, never mind. I, for one, loved this book and can’t wait to read what Mr. King comes up with next!

The Big Book of The Dark Side!

That’s enough Darth! *sigh* Sorry, Mr. King…

Five out of five bookworms for The Big Book of Superheroes! fivebooks

To learn more about Mr. King and his other books, please visit his website by clicking HERE.

Follow Mr. King on Facebook HERE

Follow Mr. King on Twitter HERE

and remember –



41 Responses to “The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King – May the 4th Be With You!”

  1. Lynn A Davidson May 4, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    Don’t say I said this, but, some people who have super powers also have too much attitude, and I won’t mention names. To be on the safe side, you understand.

    This books seems like another interesting scenario to interest young readers. You controlled this review well, Erik, despite some opposition. Good job.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 5, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      Watch out I think Darth Vader is on to your inside comment! 😉 I’m glad you liked my… ER I mean our review! 🙂


  2. Kirsten W. Larson May 4, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Erik, May the Fourth by with you too! Did you see Disney is releasing new Star Wars books by the likes of Tom Angleberger and Tony Diterlizzi? I think you need some review copies, my friend.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      I did not know this! I agree -I NEED ARCs of these!!! Getting on my best pretty please face… Thanks for telling me about this Ms. Larson!


  3. heylookawriterfellow May 4, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Good review, but I need a second opinion. What does Jabba think?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 5, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

      I asked Jabba but all he said was “Dopo mee gusha, peedunkey?” I don’t think that’s good…


  4. KidLitReviews May 4, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Hey Erik, link to Bart King’s website is a dud. Interesting review. Bringing is a, speaking of dud, defunct ruler, really makes you look so good. I mean, you are a good reviewer. It is just bringing in this Vader-guy really makes you look good. What an ego on this guy. Well, I think I might like this book. I will have to check it out. Thanks Erik. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      Thank you for telling me that! I fixed it. I think you’d like the humor in it Ms. Morris. Oh no Darth Vader just asked me for your email address… don’t worry I didn’t give it to him. 😉


  5. itsybitsymom May 4, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    May the 4th be with you too – great review, cannot wait to find this – my guys will BOTH lov it! Thanks!


  6. readingwithrhythm May 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    You and Mr Vader make a fine team! Is that a good thing? I think I need to find this book thought! Thanks!


  7. Michelle Isenhoff May 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    I am thoroughly entertained, lol!


  8. Rena Marthaler May 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    I want to read this book! Say thank you to Darth Vader.


  9. Alan Tucker May 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    May the fourth be with us all! Congrats on not getting force choked after your encounter 😉


  10. Claudine @ CarryUsOff Books May 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Gosh, what a fun co-review! (‘The Big Book of Rebel Wimp’ sounds good, by the way.) I’ll search for Mr. King’s book and introduce it to my nephews!


  11. Bart King May 5, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I see you can use assistance with your reviews. Maybe I can help you. I am Boba Fett.

    Kidding! Thank you so much for this review, Erik. I had so much fun reading it, I even forgot it was for MY vile volume. 😛


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      GAH! I was so hoping Boba Fett would show up! 😉
      WOW! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Mr. King! I hope Darth’s email went right to spam! 😉


  12. ontheplumtree May 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Maybe if I read this, I can become a superhero too!


  13. writersideup May 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    Erik, I enjoyed this SO much! lol And please, next time you see Darth, pass along my regards, will ya? I don’t want to get on his “Dark” Side! 😉 Book sounds great, btw! Get any pointers? 😉


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 6, 2014 at 7:16 am #

      HA HA HA HA!!! Yes! I learned all those superhero secrets! So now I can use them against them when I TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!! MWAH HA HA HA HAAAAAaaaaa


      • writersideup May 6, 2014 at 8:22 am #

        Do you have a viciously delicious villain name, my dear? It can’t be Erik the Terrible. That one’s already taken : /


      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2014 at 7:08 am #

        Right now I have Zorvlax but maybe I should just be – E 😉


      • writersideup May 7, 2014 at 9:26 am #

        Hmmm…well, Zorvlax is kinda cool 🙂 Say it with Vordak and you have a tongue twister! Vordak and Zorvlax! 😉 Don’t go with “E” though—sounds too much like the Entertainment News, and though you ARE very entertaining, somehow I don’t see that as a good affiliate 😉


      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

        Zorvlax it is! MWAH HA HA HA HA HAAAAaaaaa


  14. stanleyandkatrina May 16, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    This review is crazy entertaining. I can’t get past picturing Darth Vader emailing. 🙂 The book sounds great. ~Cool Mom


  15. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    You do know I’m a psychologist, right? I do deal with dissociative disorders, on occasion. Let me know, dear. 🙂


  16. Iron Guy Carl May 4, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    May the Fourth be with you too! Good to see GUYS reviewing books on such an auspicious day. I will definitely look for this one. Thanks for the recommendation!



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