"Pros: Popular characters, fast-moving plot, good format for young readers, nice pictures and "extras."
Cons: Many young readers won't know who Bat-Mite is...
The Bottom Line: Batman fights crime and illiteracy in this early reader.
My boys love superheroes. Batman is one at the top of their list, of course, so when I found this series of easy readers from Stone Arch Books, we started working our way through them. This is the third book we've read in the series, Bat-Mite's Big Blunder.
Bat-Mite was a Batman sidekick created for the 1970's cartoon, "The New Adventures of Batman and Robin." A magical imp from another dimension, Bat-Mite is a huge fan of Batman, but his well-meaning "assistance" frequently turn into disasters for the Dynamic Duo. And his voice? Super annoying.
Despite that, when I was a kid, I loved Bat-Mite. And my boys, thanks to DVD, love him too. So Paul Kupperberg's Bat-Mite's Big Blunder was a hit with them. The plot is basically that Batman's villains have escaped from Arkham Asylum (again), and Batman has rounded them all up except for the Riddler. The Riddler and Bat-Mite end up teaming up, with the imp giving Edward Nygma an edge in several crimes. They stay one step ahead of Batman, the Riddler for profit (and psychosis) and Bat-Mite because he thinks this is all fun for Batman.
The format of the book is a slim paperback book with five chapters, each about ten pages long. Full page, full color illustrations appear roughly every five pages throughout the book. The pictures by Gregg Schigiel and Lee Loughridge are in the style of Batman: The Animated Series, and are paced to give the reader a break, but also tie in directly to the text. The end of the book has several pages of "bonus features," including a Gotham City Police Department profile on Bat-Mite, a glossary, and discussion questions and writing prompts.
This was a fun book, and whether your young children know who Bat-Mite is or not, if they like Batman, they'd like this book. The complicated sentences and "big words" would make this appropriate for a 2nd or 3rd grader--it was too advanced for my 6 year old, but my 8 year old loved it." - Epinions.com
August 11, 2010