PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: SuperBuns!/If I Built a School


Some superheroes can leap tall buildings in a single bound, some can crawl up a wall, some grow wolfsharp claws, and some have superhuman speed. And Superbuns? Her superpower is being kind. Super kind. She can’t help but be kind: watering a neighbor’s daisies; helping a friend cross the street; feeding a hungry goldfish.

Superbuns’s older sister Blossom is a super know-it-all who doesn’t believe kindness is a superpower. Not one bit. And all this kindness is slowing them down on their way to Grammy’s house, where a yummy carrot cobbler awaits.

But the sisters are being followed by a little fox, and when Blossom learns the fox is not after their cobbler but is lost, she discovers kindness really is a superpower after all.


 This adorable book follows the adventures of young Superbuns and her sister, Blossom.  Superbuns calls herself that because she reaches out to help with her superpower : kindness.  Unfortunately, Superbuns' sister, Blossom, a bit of a know-it-all, chatterbox, informs Superbuns that kindness isn't a superpower like flying, super strength, or speed.  But her sister's doubts don't stop Superbuns from helping those around her as she and her sister take a carrot cobbler to Grammy.  The appearance of a fox sends Blossom into a panic.  Can Superbuns step in and save the day with her superpower?  I enjoyed reading this story about a superpower that often gets overlooked.  Superbuns spends her time helping in relatively small ways, with an umbrella, taking out the garbage, watering plants, etc.  But she leaves those around her with a smile on their face.  I also appreciated the fact that she doesn't let her sister's doubt stop her from doing her good deeds, including acts of kindness to her sister.  I especially enjoyed the adorable illustrations that highlight Superbuns good deeds in the background as her sister prattles on.  A fun way to share the idea that kindness is the truest of superpowers.


My school will amaze you. My school will astound.
By far the most fabulous school to be found!
Perfectly planned and impeccably clean.
On a scale, 1 to 10, it's more like 15!
And learning is fun in a place that's fun, too.

If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.


I discovered the series this book is a part of this summer and I fell in love with it.  Not only do I adore Van Dusen's bright, entertaining illustrations, but his rhyming is first rate.  In this book, Jack tells his teacher all about the school he would build if he was in charge.  He demonstrates a first rate imagination as he details the zoo, glass tubes and pods for transportation, classroom towers, and stylus's that write in the air.  He can't explain how everything works but he with the faith of a child he's positive his school would be great.  The rhyming makes for a great read aloud and the bright illustrations and clever ideas make this a delightful book to share.  The book could even be used to encourage students to design their own schools.


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