We first discovered Albie a couple of years ago when a copy of Plunge into the Pirate Pool arrived for us to review. At the time Little Miss C had just finished a learning theme at school on the subject of pirates and it fitted in perfectly with that. It disappeared off to school for a while, before coming back home and being one of those books that seemed to crop up quite regularly at bedtime.
Since then LMC’s reading has moved on a lot and Master C has become the Albie fan. The Pirate Pool is a book he asks for by name and has recently been a regular in the pile that he presents me with to read him at bedtime.
Imagine Master C’s delight therefore when I told him that we had a new Albie story to try at bedtime on night. How To Save a Superhero starts with Albie rushing to tidy his room so that he can go for an ice cream. But suddenly something or someone swoops past him, grabbing a piece of jigsaw as they go, and dives into his wardrobe. Albie, being Albie, swiftly follows.
Albie is befriended by Scoot, whose brother Rascal was responsible for stealing the jigsaw piece. Together they chase after Rascal as he goes to take the piece to The Collector – a “nasty scoundrel” according to Scoot.
It turns out that Rascal has brought her the wrong jigsaw piece though and he’s in trouble! Albie goes to try to help, but in doing so discovers that The Collector has designed and built a toy tidier. However, that’s not The Collector’s aim. She wants to use her “flying game grabber” to steal everyone else toys and games.
Luckily Albie knows what to do and he’s soon able to save Rascal and Scoot and get The Collector to help him out with the job of tidying his room – all before it’s time to go for that ice cream!
Master C loved having a new Albie adventure to enjoy and seemed particularly excited to realise that Albie hangs round with both superhero and pirates! Caryl Hart’s story is brought to life by Ed Eaves bright illustrations and I can see this being another firm favourite in hour house. Meanwhile I was just secretly pleased to see girls cast in the roles of both superhero and villain!
How To Save a Superhero by Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves. Published by Simon & Schuster on 6 October 2016. Paperback ISBN 978-1-4711-4478-3 £6.99
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of How To Save a Superhero for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.