The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis
Illustrated by David Soman
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
Sam, aka Bumblebee Boy, is ready for all sorts of adventures at home. He has pirates to defeat, fire dragons to capture, and Giganto the Giant Saber-Toothed Lion to tame. And he wants to do it all alone because "Bumblebee Boy wants to fly alone!" The problem is that his little bother Owen wants to be just like Sam, he wants to be a "soup hero too." Will Bumblebee Boy let Owen join in and become his sidekick?
Bumblebee Boy, a character introduced in the popular series Ladybug Girl, stars in his own adventure. The funny thing is that for me, the star of the book is Owen, the little brother. His persistence throughout the story, adding layers to his costume to become a "soup hero" like his older brother, is endearing and will bring a smile to the face of every reader. I especially enjoyed the details of his cape being made from the classic blanket newborns get at the hospital. The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy turns out to be a delightful story of the power of imagination and sibling relationships. Great read aloud.