I read this book to my 7th grade son and my 2nd grade daughter during our “afternoon basket” time. This is the time that I have set aside for subjects that I would like the kids to do together. I have gleaned some information from people’s “morning baskets” and made this a time for us to come back together, do those subjects that can span many levels and loop schedule some great new things like this comic book. Our afternoon basket has worked well for the first 2 1/2 weeks of school and I’m looking forward to this time where I can add things that get so easily overlooked.
This was a read aloud while the kids colored. They enjoyed the story and would, very often, stop coloring to look intently at the pictures. I read it more like a storybook so they didn’t have to stop what they were doing. This worked great! I read it over 3 days, just reading a little at a time. They looked forward to what was going to happen tomorrow.
My original plan was to hand off the book to my 7th grader in hopes that he would read it, then read it to his 6 year old brother. That didn’t happen. It was a beautiful picture in my mind though. He got busy with other things and forgot he had it. As my deadline loomed, I requested the book back and read it out loud. I’m not disappointed at all. If he would have read it I would have missed out. I love reading to my kids and getting to enjoy their stories with them. Reading to my kids has become such a precious time.
The hero in the story is Captain Sun. He protects Capital City from the evil Black Out. This is a classic story about good versus evil. Black Out comes to Capital Sun and blocks out all that is good. Captain Sun rids the city of the evil with the help of a few others: Fogbank, Missile Man, Electro Lad and Landslide. The story was great and parts were suspenseful as you hope the good guys to win. But, my absolute favorite part was the newspaper looking article that appeared between chapters. This brought the lesson of God’s love and salvation in. God and Jesus are our Captain Sun and Satan is Black Out. We all need salvation in this fallen world. This was tied in so well. I was very impressed with these pages. The author could have skipped that and gone on with the comic and put in a blurb in the back, but he choose to make the lesson bigger and did a great job!
I had my kids make up and draw their own super hero or villain. I think they did a great job!
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