The title of Diane Kredensor‘s Superbuns will just make you smile! In this children’s picture book, coming out from Simon & Schuster on July 2, readers are introduced to Superbuns, who is very kind, super kind, if you will.
But Superbuns’s superhero kindness is contrasted with her sister Blossom’s righteousness. Blossom thought she knew all about superheroes. They are really fast, they leapt buildings. And whatever else superheroes are known for, it is not kindness. But Blossom has it all wrong. As she finds out when she helps a lost fox, kindness is sort of superpower.
This book will generate a lot of conversations about being kind and will be perfect for morning read-alouds on the carpet. Adults will have fun reading this book aloud. Its narrative voice and illustrations, which give the book the feel of a graphic novel or comic book on certain pages, are reminiscent of Mo Willems’s work.
There were times when I wanted Blossom’s dialogue to be a bit briefer, and I’m not sold on the message that being kind is a superpower. Whereas I appreciated that the kindness exhibited by Buns and Blossom was not anything extraordinary (as I think this is important for kids to see), I do think we need to help kids realize that being kind should be the rule not the exception, and positioning kindness as a superpower – even in rhetoric only – sends the opposite message.
A fun read-aloud that will engage kids with its characters and message, Superbuns earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️