Superhero School
Superhero School

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Annotation: When Leonard starts attending Superhero School he is disappointed to find that all they learn is math, but when the ice zombies strike, Leonard and his classmates put their newly-acquired knowledge to good use.
Catalog Number: #33367
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Rash, Andy,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-599-90166-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-23314-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-599-90166-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-23314-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2008031374
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Leonard can't wait to start superhero school. He's quickly dismayed to find that it's all about learning mathematics. After Ice Zombies kidnap his teachers, though, Leonard and his classmates discover that they will need to apply their math skills in order to save the day. Illustrations in digital collage of gouache and Sharpie match the story's comic-style sensibility.
Kirkus Reviews
Leonard is underwhelmed by Superhero School, where, instead of teaching them to leap tall buildings, his teacher, The Blue Tornado, has the students tackling fractions and division. But on Friday, ice zombies kidnap the entire faculty! The kids spring into action, Leonard and the other flying student each taking half the class to the Arctic Circle, where, without really noticing, they apply their math skills and a bit of teamwork to the task. Reynolds's text has just the right touch of schoolboy ennui mixed with gee-whiz enthusiasm, and folds the lessons in painlessly for readers, if not for Leonard. Rash's bold cartoons ably support the goofiness, depicting a multicultural, multi-powered classroom, with the stalwart Mr. Tornado at the helm. (Picture book. 4-9)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 Super psyched to attend superhero school, Leonard and his classmates are disappointed to find themselves belaboring math problems with Mr. Tornado instead of focusing on important subjects, such as destroying alien death rays and conquering supervillains and mad scientists. When the unthinkable happens and the teachers are kidnapped by the ice zombies, the class shifts into superhero mode faster than anyone can text "HELP." The obstacles they face are only solvable by application of their newly discovered comprehension of multiplication, division, and fractions. When Mr. Tornado rewards the class for their amazing rescue with an A+ on the math quiz, it registers with Leonard and his fellow superheros that they may have been duped by the faculty. Now the youngsters realize that math is a useful and enjoyable subject. Rash's illustrations in digital collage of gouache and Sharpies create his trademark cartoons that pulsate with energy and engage readers. Reynolds creatively blends the use of math skills in word-problem superhero settings that are playful, smart, and positive. This title is sure to be a winner with children who are anxious or reluctant about math. Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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Horn Book (4/1/10)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (9/1/09)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 833
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 131358 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q47862
Lexile: AD720L
Guided Reading Level: O
Fountas & Pinnell: O

It's Math Curse meets The Incredibles Leonard is no ordinary kid-he's enrolled in Superhero School, where leaping tall buildings in a single bound is child's play. If only long division, fractions, and multiplication came as naturally But when Mr. Tornado and the rest of the teachers get kidnapped by some ice zombies, Leonard and pals will need to use their math skills if they stand any chance of dividing (and conquering) the enemy.

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