Top positive review
Great book about Peter (not so much about Spiderman). Depicts bullying
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2016
My 4-year-old son loves spiderman and books, so when I saw this book/comic at such a low price, I immediately jumped on it. Great decision!
The book has a total of 30 "useful" pages, each of them with some scene from Peter's life and a couple of very simple sentences. For example, some of the text in the pages is:
- Page 4-5: "Peter lives in Queens. Queens is in New York City."
- Page 14-15: "Peter has a super secret.", "He has a costume."
- Page 24: "Spider-Man can climb up walls."
And so on.
Now, I do find this book focus mostly on Peter's life, and not so much on Spiderman as a superhero. There are only 6 pages with Spiderman with the mask where he is actually doing superhero stuff, and all the others are just introducing Peter's life, his school and his tools. I actually like the idea of teaching my son about Spiderman's identity, but if you are looking for some action scenes, this is not your book.
The only thing I did not like from this book is that it shows how Spiderman is bullied at school (Page 11). I do not like the idea of showing to my son how Peter is bullied and neither the teachers nor he do anything about it. What kind of message sends that everybody lets the bullying happen, and then just go with "Peter does not care" (Page 12) and "At home, no one makes fun of Peter" (Page 13)? We ended up cutting off Page 11/12 (so my book now jumps from 10 to 13), and rewriting 13 to say that Aunt May is happy with how good Peter is in studies.
I still rate this 5 stars because it is a great value and my son loves it, but the writers should have put a little more thought into the bully part!