Big kids and little kids love superheroes. Seems the thought of having super powers and being able to save the world is a dream for many kids. As an adult, sometimes even I wish I could step into a phone booth, change into my superhero costume and save the day. Instead I have to settle for practicing peaceful conflict resolution on a small scale in our home.
Superheroes have been living in our house for a while. Our boys have been Batman, Robin, Superman, Dash, Mr. Incredible, characters of their own creation, and most recently, Underdog.
You may remember Underdog, the animated cartoon from way back – I know I do! Or maybe you noticed when the movie was being filmed here in Providence. Or maybe you’ve seen previews for the new live-action Disney movie that opens today at a theater near you.
Last night we were fortunate to see the premiere of Underdog at the Providence Performing Art Center (PPAC). It’s a magnificent, ornate theater that seats about 2,900, which is refreshingly different from a generic multiplex. This movie may not appeal to everyone’s taste and is not for all ages, but for us the experience of seeing a movie on the big, big screen that was filmed in our home city was fantastic.
One of my boys gave the movie two thumbs up and the other one gave it all fingers and toes up. Now they and probably many other kids can recreate the super canine adventures in their living room or local park.
Here are several recommended superhero books that are more about overcoming obstacles, having fun, and taking adventures and less about evil and doom:
– Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner.
– Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey
– Noodle Man: The Pasta Superhero by April Pulley Sayre and Stephen Costanza