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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Olivir Douzou
Age Range: 6-8
When Henry receives a mysterious parcel addressed to ‘Mr Henry’, he finds it
contains a superhero outfit. He hasn’t heard of ‘Super H’ – not on TV, or at the
movies, or in newspapers! However, he soon realises that his costume has great
potential and he names himself ‘Super H’ speculating about the ‘important’ duties
of a superhero. He can learn how to behave better and to be brave as well as lots
of other things. His mother doesn’t share his enthusiasm and drags him off to the
supermarket – where he gets a nasty surprise! This is an unusual, funny and
original picture book from France.
The illustrations and design have been carefully thought out and there are lots of intricate details to ensure readers will revisit the story again and again.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)