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  • Hardcover: 33 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062850
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 1.1 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! All children love Superman, but until now, there hasn?t been a book written and illustrated specifically for the youngest fans of the earth's greatest superhero. Ralph Cosentino's Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel tells the tale of the caped crime fighter's amazing journey from the planet Krypton to the town of Smallville, Kansas, to the big city of Metropolis. There he lives a double life as Clark Kent, mild-mannered journalist, and Superman, protector of humanity. Told in simple, child-friendly language and illustrated with bright, bold artwork inspired by the originals, Superman is the perfect introduction to this beloved American icon.

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By Lesley on 4 Jun. 2014
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Bought as an easter present for my nephew - along with a few other books - he loved the book.
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By Jean Gregg on 6 July 2014
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Ok book basic
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Another Excellent Cosentino DC Superhero Book for Kids!!! 4 April 2010
By Shane K. Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
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I pre-ordered this book months before its release date because my 4-year-old loved author-illustrator Cosentino's "Batman" book so much -- and "Superman" is equally as colorful and interesing a release.

Like his "Batman," Cosentino draws on retro styles from the 1940s and '50s to illustrate "Superman"; but he also gives an occasional nod to the "Superman" movies of the 1970s and '80s. (In fact, Cosentino dedicates the book in part to George Reeves and Christopher Reeve, both of whom played "Superman" on TV and in movies.)

The book introduces young readers to the Superman creation story -- Kal-El's journey from Krypton, his discovery and adoption by the Kent family, the discovery of his super powers, the creation of the Clark Kent/Superman dual identity -- in a way that young readers can comprehend and enjoy.

And then there are the villains: Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, and Metallo -- as well as the retro-looking giant robots borrowed from the Max & Dave Fleischer "Superman" animated cartoon series of the early 1940s.

Of course, children won't "get" the allusions to past Superman stories, but parents will enjoy these nostalgic references -- and that's why even as an adult I prize Cosentino's work and look forward to his next treatment of a DC superhero for young children (which I've heard is to be Wonder Woman).
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Do I have to be the first one to say it? 13 April 2010
By Kevin Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, then... I will. This book is SUPER.

I've been a fan of Cosentino's work since The Story of Honk-Honk-Ashoo and the Swella Bow-Wow. He can definitely tell compelling stories to the very young and in this book he manages to introduce Superman, reveal his origins, introduce the gallery of villains that he regularly battles AND explain his raison d'être, all in just a handful of words. It's simply the best possible way for comic fans to introduce their children to one of the most beloved characters in the genre and Cosentino does it in grand style. Borrowing liberally from all of Superman's many incarnations, this book shows hints of the Fleisher cartoons, the movies from the 70's and 80's, the old serials and (of course) decades of comics. Plus, I gotta say, when you combine this with Cosentino's Batman you've got the beginnings of a fantastic library for the comic-nerdy-toddler in your life.
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I Wish I could See this through a Child's Eyes 25 Feb. 2012
By Neil - Published on Amazon.com
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As a huge Superman fan I have to say my only complaint is that this wasn't made years ago so I could have read it to all my kids. My 7 year old daughter loved this and I wish I had this to read to my 2 boys when they were little. I have purchased 3 copies (one for each of my children) to put away for the day when I have grandchildren. It's simply a beautiful book that does a great job introducing Superman in a classic, colorful way that has great appeal for children. The illustrations are beautiful and the colors are spectacular. You'll have fun reading this to your little ones.
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A must for all little supermen 8 Sept. 2010
By Todd W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We found this book at the library for our four year old son and it quickly became a favorite. The artwork by Ralph Cosentino is comic book quality and it will bring out the little boy in every dad that reads it to their kids. We had to purchase it for our own growing library. Our two year old daughter is also getting into it by excitedly yelling Superman, after the classic line it's a bid, it's a plane, it's Superman. Hopefully, I am not overstating things, but it is because of books like this that young children expand their imaginations and pretend to be superman with swimming floaties.
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Superman story for a young child 8 Oct. 2012
By CN - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book because my four-year old nephew wanted to learn more about superheroes and their origins. The book is a perfect picture book approach. The only one warning is for very young children who might be easily frightened - there's one illustration of a superman villain in particular that I thought might be scary. The nephew didn't have a problem with it (and he sometimes can be alarmed by certain visuals). So all was good and in fact my sister-in-law liked the series so much, she went out and the other superhero stories.
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