SuperDad's Day Off by Phil Earle

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SuperDad's Day Off by Phil Earle

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Category: Dyslexia Friendly
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anne Thompson
Reviewed by Anne Thompson
Summary: This is a happy story about a father and son with a difference with colourful and humorous illustrations. Recommended for the emerging reader and it's dyslexia friendly too.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 96 Date: April 2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1781126844

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Stanley's dad is tired. It can be exhausting work being a Superhero. For six days of the week he saves the world from disasters and defeats the baddies as Dynamo Dan. Stanley decides his poor dad needs a day off and is determined to make sure that he gets a proper rest. So they head off to the park for some much needed Dad and Son bonding time. However people don't seem to understand that even Superheroes need time to recuperate. The requests for help keep on coming so what can poor Stanley do other than step in to save the day.

As the day goes on poor Stanley is rushed off his feet saving a lion stuck up a tree, rescuing a monster truck from a ditch and taking on shark-infested floodwaters. Stanley's desperate attempts to enable his dad to have a rest are quite touching as is his need to spend a happy time with his father. The ending is lovely and does, I hope, leave the way open for more adventures with Dynamo Dan and his equally brave and strong offspring.

This is a very jolly book and it is enjoyable to have a story about the relationship between dads and sons even if this particular one is about a slightly different father and son partnership. The humour is very appealing and I enjoyed Stanley's mum laying down the law and insisting her superhero husband took a day off. The illustrations by Steve May are great and complement the text perfectly.

This is another in the excellent Little Gems series by Barrington Stoke and Phil Earle's style is wonderful for this particular range. The books are targeted at dyslexic readers or emerging readers who are just starting to gain confidence but not yet ready for longer novels. They have dyslexia friendly font, tinted pages with well-spaced text and are highly illustrated. They are recommended for children from 5-8 with average reading abilities, and ages 7-10 for struggling readers. The overall look of the book is extremely child friendly and this one has jokes inside the front cover and a Superhero quiz in the back of the book adding to the fun for young readers.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for providing this copy for review. Another funny story in the Little Gems range that may appeal is Blamehounds Slightly older or more confident readers may like to try Demolition Dad by Phil Earle and Sara Ogilvie.

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