Super George and the Invisible Shield
Laurie P. Mendoza, author
Kids keep saying things that make George mad. No matter how loudly he yells, they just won't stop. Worst of all, George is the one who keeps getting in trouble! His teacher says he's letting other people steal his power. Can Grandma and George's favorite superhero, Silent Knight, help him learn to stay in control and out of the Cool-Down Corner?
George, a boy with blue-black hair that swoops into a cowlick, insists on being called Super George and dons a cape to match the moniker. When others tease him with names like “Curious George” or “George Washington,” George’s anger gets big and scary: “Whenever George yelled, he imagined the sound racing out of his mouth, getting bigger and bigger and bigger until it crashed against the other person like storm waves.” Taking a cue from his favorite TV superhero, Silent Knight—who is also teased—George wishes for an invisible shield to ward off hurtful words. His wise, purple-haired grandmother suggests perhaps he has one already; he just needs to activate it, by taking calming, deep breaths. Mendoza delivers a relatable story about willpower and taming angry emotions, enlivened by Francis’s spirited and pleasantly jumbled comics-style art. Ages 7–10. (BookLife)