Supertato Run Veggies Run by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
|Supertato Run Veggies Run by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sam Tyler|
|Summary: Supertato returns in another fun adventure full of colour and silly vegetables.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: May 2017|
|Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK|
|External links: Author's website|
I've heard of these so called superfoods, they're reported to boost your immune system and flush out areas of your body that have gone unnoticed for decades, but does this make them super? In my mind to be a superfood you need to do something spectacular; lift a car from a trapped child, or leap over a building in one bound. The vegetable and fruit in my house can't do any of this, but then they aren't Supertato; a spectacular spud that, more than once, has saved the day with his powers.
Supertato returns on what seems like a quiet day in the supermarket. When not solving crime, Supertato likes to look after the health of his fellow fruits and vegetables, so when he organises a tournament all his pulpy pals rejoice – there will be prizes. But as everyone knows, some vegetables are frozen for a reason and it appears that The Evil Pea has thawed once more and wants to rig the sports day with his own suspicious looking entrant.
The Supertato series is fast becoming a classic series of children's stories that are so daft, they are brilliant. Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet are able to create colourful books which are fun for children, but also have some subversive moments that will impress the adults. This continues in the third outing, Supertato Run Veggies Run, a book that promotes exercise, but also robot making.
This is the most Supertato centric book in the series so far and we get to see a little more of our hero as he tries to help his pals get fit. There is great fun in reading his powerful, but slightly patronising, voice telling others what to do. We can forgive his arrogance as he is a real hero! However, there is no superhero without a supervillain and in The Evil Pea, Hendra has found a classic foe. This little baddy really tries to win every time and his comeuppance is always worth seeing. The enjoyment in this book is witnessing his careful plan coming to pieces once Supertato discovers the game.
The story in Run is not quite as strong as the previous two outings which are real classics, but there is still plenty of joy to be found surrounding yourself with the simple folk of the supermarket. A lot of the book's best bits are actually the various daft fruits and vegetables in the background. Here Linnet comes to the fore as his bright designs really show off the various legumes. With its slightly twisted sense of humour the Supertato series has a long life left in it yet and Run just highlights how fun the books are.
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