Saturday, 9 August 2014

Review: Supertato by Sue Hendra


Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Large hardcover / paperback
Released: June 19th, 2014
Rating: 10/10


Amazon summary:

Meet Supertato! He's always there for you when the chips are down. He's the superhero with eyes everywhere - and he's about to meet his arch nemesis. 

Review:

Supertato is one of the most brilliant, genius picture books I've read so far. It's written and illustrated by Sue Hendra who I think is a bit of a legend in the picture book world, and I can see why she's thought of so highly. I rarely buy picture books (I don't have space to keep many, only my favourites), but after sneakily reading this one at work I just had to have a copy to keep and read over and over again!

The whole idea of Supertato makes me laugh just thinking about it. It's set in a supermarket and features lots of vegetables and food that are being terrorised by an escaped frozen pea wearing a red cape. Supertato is a potato superhero who swoops in to save the carrots and broccoli from danger, ensuring the safety of the whole supermarket and everyone in it. It's a wonderful story from start to finish!

One of the things that most attracts me to picture books is the illustrations. So much work and imagination goes into them, and I would happily just look at them without any accompanying text. She Hendra's illustrations here are fantastic, cute and stylish at the same time. They bring Supertato and his friends to life, even managing to make a green pea look mischievous and Batman-like. I can't explain how good they are - you'll just have to have a look and see for yourselves!

The thought of vegetables and food being alive in a supermarket has never crossed my mind. But now I can't stop thinking about it! Seeing a poor, defenceless carrot plastered to a conveyor belt has made me wonder just what goes on when shops close up for the night, and whether there really is a Supertato waiting to save his veggy friends. Younger readers are in for a treat with Supertato - they'll be entranced from start to finish and, like me, eager for more adventures featuring Supertato and co. This picture book is staying on my favourites shelf forever and I urge you all to read it, even if it's only while you're shopping in Asda. Just remember: look out for those pesky peas!


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This is my drawing of Supertato!

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