Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kid-worthy Comic

I admit it: I'm not a huge fan of comic books. In fact, I could probably live happily ever after never reading a single one. I am, however, a mom of three boys. For a while, the big boys played Anachronism (history-based trading card game) at a local comic store, and the little guy is quite obsessed with superheroes of all kinds. I also live in a culture full of comic-heroes-cum-blockbuster-hits.
My comic education may be limited, but I am aware of some basics. First, many comics - the good ones, anyway - are really a type of pop art. Second, many of the themes are too mature for children. This doesn't stop kids from wanting "picture books" of their favorite heroes, though, creating a bit of a dilemma for us moms.

Solution: my latest book find at the local library. (Well, Children's Librarian Amy, knowing A's love of comic heroes, actually found it for us.) What book? you ask: Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight by Ralph Cosentino. The author very skillfully retains the feel and artistic quality of "real" comics, yet with simpler lines and images that are not dark and scary. He also paints Batman as a true hero who fights bad guys that are bad. None of the postmodern hero-angst found in so many of the latest comic movies.

A (4yo) really enjoyed this book, and honestly, I enjoyed reading it to him. I hope Mr. Cosentino has more kid-friendly hero stories to offer in the near future. In the meantime, if your little guys (or gals) are fans of the Caped Crusader, check out this fun episode.

1 comment:

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Good stuff - I have a boy who is growing fast :)

BTW - how do you like Don't Make Me Count To Three?