As I have said before, we love comic books! I grew up reading comic books. Both of our boys got interested in reading with comic books. So, when we were given the opportunity to review The Captain Sun Adventures Book 1, Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith, it was a no brainer.
This book is a quick read that old and young can enjoy. It looks like a comic book, but there is so much more to it! I think it's more like three books in one.
First off, there is the comic book portion. A darkness comes over the city and no one knows where it's coming from. They are waiting for their hero, Captain Sun, to save the day. I like how they start off with Captain Sun and then later in the book it tells you who they really are.
"I like it because he has fire power!"
(Our 9 year old's thoughts on the book.)
Of course he does. I would expect nothing less that that from him. He also liked that it's christian. I appreciate that too, of course. Just like not all cartoons are meant for children, not all comic books are either. This one is completely safe to have any of your children look through it and read.
Then there's the devotional portion of the book. The book is divided up into chapters - small chapters - but chapters none the less. Before each chapter there is a one page devotional for them to read through. I absolutely loved how it was written and how it looked. The author made it seem as though it were a newspaper article about the superhero. The dates are different on each of the newspaper articles. They really put a lot of thought into the details of this book. I liked how this "devotional" really brought to light some of the aspects of super heroes. It applied what was being read in the comic book section to real life and the Bible. I love this!
There is another portion to this book. That is the questions at the end of the book. These are for parents to ask their children about each chapter of the book. They aren't just comprehension questions about what happened in the storyline. These go a little deeper to probe if they understood the Biblical meaning behind the story. For example, one of the questions for chapter 3 is, "According to what God reals in the Bible about sin, are we born as "good guys" or "bad guys"? Great question!
"It was clever to put darkness as the villain's power. I liked the ironic moments of when Blackout would seem to be in one place, but he was really in another place. That's how the sin in our heart works. We could think that it is one thing, but it's really another. They could have come up with a better name for the other super heroes. "Electrix" or "Electrik" instead would be better instead of "Electro Lad".
(Our 14 year old's thoughts on the book.)
This book can reach a large demographic of children/teens. Both of my boys, 14 and 9, enjoyed reading it, as did I! I use "out of the norm" things for classes, and I can see this used as lessons in a Sunday School classroom. I would use read a chapter, or two, each class period. The devotion and questions at the end of the book make for a great discussion.
By the way, I noticed in the back of the book that they have FREE VBS curriculum. You might want to check it out on their website.
I would highly recommend Book 1, Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith and the others in the series to your family by The Captain Sun Adventures.
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