We were very excited to get the opportunity to review Book 1 - Rescue Me! - What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith in the Captain Sun Adventure Series.
I have three children that are HUGE graphic novel fans. When they first started a few years ago, I was not worried. At first I honestly thought, "Hey comic books, at least they are reading!" But then I noticed the next week at the library that the graphic novels are held in a different section of the library, the teen section. This concerned me, so I looked at what they got and then walked over to the teen section and checked out some of the options for "teens". I was shocked at what was there. The violence and relationships was appalling. The trouble, the kids didn't even realize it either. The week before they had checked out their favorite video game characters, so hadn't really searched out the shelves. They asked why I was so upset and said that the majority of the "comics" or "graphic novels" as I was told they are called, were not appropriate for them. So from that point I had to have the rule that we had to look through the graphic novels they wanted to check out to make sure there was not inappropriate material.
So you can see why I was very excited when we were able to review Book 1 - Rescue Me! - What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith from the Captain Sun Adventures. This series uses super heroes to introduce and reinforce Biblical messages. The series is referred to as part comic book, part devotional book. The Captain Sun Adventures contain a superhero, similar to regular comic books. And the theme about clean living and helping students to understand the Bible makes them priceless.
So how did our kids feel about Book 1 - Rescue Me! - What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith? They absolutely loved it! In fact, I have been asked to purchase the rest of the series. Even though they are old enough to realize they are learning while they are reading, Joey and Caty really loved reading Captain Sun's adventures.
At the end of each chapter, there is a "lesson" page with information for your student to read through or even for you to sit down and discuss with them. Scriptural references are also included on these pages, and are quoted but are easily able to be looked up in your own copy of the Bible. The very end of the novel contains a few questions to discuss with your child about the topics in the story.
Something I noted as I was looking through our copy of Book 1 - Rescue Me! - What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith when it first arrived, was the design. It was done in everyday comic book style. The illustrations though were not overly scary. The superhero was a pretty typical design. Some of the graphic novels you find today are just over the top for scare and the illustrations are just plain disgusting. They are meant to scare the kids. But I appreciated that the author/illustrator did an excellent job creating a balance between age appropriate design and creating exciting illustrations to grasp and keep the kid's attention as they read.
I have ordered a full set of the Captain Sun Adventures. Book 1 - Rescue Me! - What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith went to so many places that somehow we forgot it on one of our adventures. So hopefully another kiddo is thoroughly enjoying this series, as much as Caty and Joey have been. Joey has the series on his Kindle. But Caty still prefers the paper style, so she is very excited to get her paper copies this week. I have even recommended this series to our local library to get in. I found this was a great series to drop into her backpack for when we were traveling. Caty loves to read in the van, and it honestly did not take her long to read the comic book. Now that being said, she read it but we still discussed it. I really LOVED the story questions that are included and discussion material at the end of each chapter. I didn't need to look up a bunch of material, it's all there for me. So even sitting in a doctor office, we could read a chapter and discuss the material. Portable education at its best!!
Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Book 1 - Rescue Me! - What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith. Click on the link below to read about their impressions of the Captain Sun Adventure Series.