Max and his friends are crazy about playing and learning about superheroes and their superpowers. Everyone has a favorite, and Max's is Megapower, even though his friends aren't sure that a girl superhero can be that strong. Megapower is cool for so many reasons. She's brave, tames animals, has x-ray vision, is super smart, and she can fly. She also happens to be Max's mom (which might be why she's Max's favorite!). Max is an intrepid, sassy, and funny narrator in a book that uses both traditional picture-book layouts and comic-book-like panels.
About the Author
Rocio Bonilla is an author and illustrator. As an illustrator she has published several works in magazines such as El Mueble, Acosta't and Barça Kids, posters and a forty books with various publishers. As an author, she has published five titles, and her work has been translated into several languages. Rocio claims that her three children are her biggest critics and her biggest fans. If she were an animal she'd be a parakeet, and she never gets tired of drawing. She both wrote and illustrated What Color Is a Kiss?
Oriol Malet graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Barcelona. He's been illustrating since 2004 and has worked with publishers such as Teide, Barcanova, La Galera, Random House, and Animallibres.
A little boy's obsession with his favorite superhero turns out to be not an obsession at all in this Spanish import. "Max is crazy about superheroes." He loves to dress like one, and he reads every comic book he can get his hands on. All superheroes are awesome, but Max's absolute favorite is Megapower. She wears a short blue dress with a gold lightning bolt on it as well as a long red cape, red cowl, and red boots. Some of his friends are skeptical about a female superhero, but Max knows that Megapower can deactivate bombs, program computers, and "control a million robots at once." She's superintelligent and incredibly strong, and she has "amazing ultravision." Max knows all this because he knows Megapower. She takes him to fabulous places and displays her superpowers all over the house. Best of all is "when she puts on her Mommy costume and gives Max a kiss good night." Cleverly, Bonilla and Malet reveal Max's superhero secret rather than explicitly stating it. The story enumerates Megapower's skills twice, once with illustrations of conventional fantastic feats (like hoisting a train) and once around the house (like rescuing a cat), still in costume. The illustrations blend a loose line-and-watercolor style for Max and his world with the closely modeled look of a comic book, a contrast that's especially effective in Megapower's scenes at home. The cast appears to be an all-white one. Mommy rules! Delightful. —Kirkus Reviews