Board book: The Incredible Hulk (My Mighty Marvel First Book). Marvel Entertainment. 2021. [January] 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
First sentence: Meet the Incredible Hulk. He is the strongest hero of them all. Bad guys are always trying to stop him. Oh no! He's trapped! But nothing can hold the Hulk!
Premise/plot: This board book introduces the Marvel superhero The Incredible Hulk. In just twenty-four pages, readers get an overview and some insight/context for enjoying this character.
My thoughts: There is a whole series of board books introducing all the
superheroes: Black Panther, Black Widow, Iron Man, Doctor Strange,
Thor, Spider Man, Captain America. Perhaps more will be forthcoming.
The board book is very much what you see is what you get. I think the strength is in the art itself. The art style is classic Marvel. (This is my best educated guess. I have never read Marvel comics. Though I have watched all the Marvel movies. The art style/costuming is different.)
Is it for children? Or is it for adult fans who want to share the love with children? I'm not sure I can answer that.
I think the books hold some appeal for fans regardless of age. I imagine elementary aged students would find the content appealing, but the format--a board book with flaps--off putting.
© 2021 Becky Laney of Young Readers