Kid’s Book Review: SuperJoe does NOT do Cuddles

Kid’s Book Review: SuperJoe does NOT do Cuddles

About the Book and Author

This lovely picture book will resonate with the families of invincible young readers who resist their parent’s attempts to look after them! We love the originality of the concept for a story that is fun, where the character has cool adventures and also carries a message that everyone needs love and affection sometimes – even superheroes!

SuperJoe is convinced he doesn’t need cuddles from his mum. He flies around the neighbourhood rescuing people from escaped tigers, runaway trains and raging rivers, all while battling his nemesis the Grey Shadow. Naturally, he refuses all cuddles. Until one night, when he can’t sleep…

On the Lantana website you can read an interview with the author and illustrator who are answering questions on a blog about this book.

SuperJoe does NOT do Cuddles
Michael Catchpool

Michael Catchpool is the author of nine children’s picture books, with his wise and witty stories brought to life by illustrators including Alison Jay, David Roberts, Vanessa Cabban, Rosalind Beardshaw and Emma Proctor. A former primary school headteacher with a PhD from Cambridge University focused on children’s narrative writing, Michael has also written numerous sketches and scripts for use in schools.

Emma Proctor is a UK-based illustrator with a degree in Illustration from Middlesex University. She has worked inhouse for many high street clients including Clinton Cards, Hallmark Cards, Moonpig and Disney.

Book Review

I loved all the pictures and seeing him save people

Super Joe does not do cuddles is a brilliant book! I loved Super Joe, he had lots of cool adventures and made me laugh.

Super Joe’s mum keeps trying to give him cuddles, but Super Joe says NO! As super heros are to busy for cuddles. His mum does keep giving him thinks like a scarf or a belt though, and he’s uses these to rescue people. I loved all the pictures and seeing him save people.

Super Joe has an arch-enemy, Grey shadow and she causes all sorts of trouble. My favourite one is when he has to save people from the collapsing bridge with a raging river.

In the end super Joe can’t sleep and the only this that helps is a secret cuddle with his mum!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Jasper
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: swimming, biking and building with Lego
  • Dislikes: wasps and bacon
  • Favourite Book: Fantastic Mister Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Song: The Ballard of Davy Crockett by Fess Parker
  • Favourite Film: Octonauts and the Caves of Sac Actun