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Superman Returns: I Can Find It!

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Meredith Books
Date Published: May 02, 2006
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Superman Returns: I Can Find It!... @ My Library

  • Mar 15, 2008
Pros: Search and find fun; Superman

Cons: Some things were too easy and too hard to find; Some parts were boring

The Bottom Line: This is a great book to get from the library, but don't rush out to buy a copy.

This was our weekend to have my fiance's son so I wanted to make sure I had stocked up on a few movies and books h would enjoy when I left work on Thursday night. I usually try to gather some materials for him a few days in advance so I have time to find things he's actually interested in (Dreamworks films, superheroes, trucks, you know, the things all four-year-old boys enjoy). A lot of times the things I'm looking for are already checked out, and of course having waited until the last minute, this was one of those times. I was in a hurry and only had a few minutes when I ran into the children's room the other evening, so I had one of the employees in that department find me one of the only superhero books still on the shelf; Superman Returns: I Can Find It!.

When he arrived, my soon-to-be stepson grabbed Superman Returns: I Can Find It! from the ottoman immediately; the "Official Movie Book" features a picture of Brandon Routh as Superman which caught the boy's attention at once. Two of my neighbor's kids were over, a two year old girl and another four year old boy; the three kids asked me to read the book to them and when I sat down on the couch to open it they all gathered around me excitedly. I explained to them that there wouldn't be much for me to read, but that I could really use some help finding the hidden items within the book. Superman Returns: I Can Find It! is similar to one of the good 'old Where's Waldo books; each two-page spread is a scene featuring Superman... and tons of other people and things. To the left side of each spread is a few sentences telling about each scene and a several things pictured for the readers to find. The three young kids I was reading with really were intrigued by the idea of a search and find kind of picture book.

An example of one spread pictured Superman at an amusement park "saving" two children. The readers are supposed to find a waterslide, a sea creature (ferris wheel character), popcorn cart, clown, hot dog cart, cotton candy cart, and (as is the case with every seek and find page) a picture of Superman's shield.

Unlike the Waldo books, Superman Returns: I Can Find It! features larger, brighter people and things to make it easier for young people to find things. The young children I read with for the most part had an easy time finding the pictures. I probably had to point out at least one item in every scene after several minutes of them not being able to find it. It took between a mere few seconds up to almost a minute for them to find the items, so the "skill level" was fairly varied; there were a few times then the three-year-old girl found things by herself, and in contrast, there were a few times the four-year-old boys couldn't find something at all. While the variety is nice and keeps the books exciting, the occasional items that couldn't be found mostly frustrated the kids; when they couldn't find something they lost interest in it, and they didn't seem to care about the unfound items.

The scenes were also quite varied: there was an amusement park scene and also a bank robbery scene that the kids really had fun finding things in and they seemed to enjoy looking at some of the funny details also. There were a few scenes (one in an alley, one in a supermarket during a fire) that seemed to bore the kids; the items in these pictures were uninteresting to find and the pictures didn't have enough action or detail to keep the kids entertained. There was also at least one scene (in the Daily Planet Newspaper office) in which the objects were just hard to find. There was too much going on in this scene, and the kids just wanted to skip over that picture. Again, this variety is appreciated, but I wouldn't have minded the book being slightly shorter just by cutting out some of the less interesting scenes.

The children enjoyed this book, and my fiance's son has asked that we read this book multiple times since we've gotten it from the library. Superman Returns: I Can Find It! is a fair book as it entertained the kids, but its nothing special. The kids enjoyed looking for the pictures and seeing Superman do his thing throughout the pages. This book was good for about fifteen minutes of entertainment. It's nothing I would buy; I think my future stepson would enjoy more detailed seek and find books in the future, and until then I'll continue to use my library to satisfy his occasional search and find needs.

I checked this book out from the library where I work for some weekend entertainment for the child in my life. I use the library to employ myself (of course), and to find all kinds of information; my fiance uses it when he needs to find some information or for the great DVD selection. As a family, the three of us like to pick out fun books and movies to enjoy together. The library is a fantastic place! If you use and enjoy your library feel free to join in my National Library Week Write-Off. Check it out!


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