Jake and Dixie: Super Magic Lightning Boy by Scott McIntyre and Laura Raine
|Jake and Dixie: Super Magic Lightning Boy by Scott McIntyre and Laura Raine|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Luci Davin|
|Summary: A young superhero has a very domestic adventure.|
|Buy? No||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 32||Date: September 2010|
|Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing|
Meet Jake, Super Magic Lightning Boy, the fastest kid in town, and his sidekick Dixie Thunder Paws, the meanest cat around!
Sadly, this is about the best line in the story.
Jake's mum doesn't quite share his idea of himself – she is getting a bit exasperated with him crashing round in the garden, and sends him on a mission further down (obviously it's a big garden).
The story is written in rhyming verse and is intended to be humorous. I do quite like Laura Raine's bold, colourful illustrations but I was a bit bored by the story and it didn't really get the kids' attention. Nor could I find much in this story of a stay at home mum of one child and an obviously enormous garden to identify with.
Further, Jake and Dixie's mission ends with them running away from something super scary – a spider. I don't particularly want to encourage the children to think that spiders are frightening; it doesn't seem especially helpful to put that idea into their heads.
There is one feature in the book that I thought was interesting – a spider is hidden in the picture on every page.
Thank you to Maverick for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
For tales of a boy on a quest, the Bookbag (and Danny) have really enjoyed the stories of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks – we have reviews of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Dreadful Spell and Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Frightful Night. You might also enjoy Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss.
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