Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Power of Cute

The Power of Cute

Charise Mericle Harper
Novelty Book
For ages 5 to 7
Random House, 2011   ISBN: 978-0375859656

A little girl dressed in a superhero outfit is out one day when she hears a loud “STOMP STOMP STOMP” noise. A huge monster when three legs and sharp teeth walks up to her, roaring its head off. The little girl announces that she is not afraid of the monster because she has superpowers.

Not surprisingly, the monster wants to know what kinds of superpowers she has. She is not “superstrong,” she does not have x-ray vision, and she isn’t “faster than a speeding train.” The monster is of the opinion that if she does not have these abilities, she cannot have a superpower. What he does now know is that this little child does indeed have a superpower, one that should not be underestimated.

With flaps to lift, tabs to pull, dials to turn, and other novelty surprises to explore, this clever book is sure to delight young readers. Children need to be reminded that they have superpowers of their own, and as they read this story, they will come to understand that one doesn’t need to be super strong or super fast to be special.