Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Thomas Macri
Illustrator: Mike Norton
Publisher: Leveled Readers
With supervillains wreaking havoc wherever they go, there needs to be superheroes to stop them! And thankfully there are, as Thor keeps the peace on his own planet and several other heroes on Earth fighting the bad guys—Hulk with his awesome strength, Iron Man with his powerful blasts, and Ant-Man and Wasp with their special abilities. One day, Thor’s jealous brother Loki wants to fight Thor and draws him in by framing Hulk on Earth. The other superheroes rush to fight the Hulk, but Thor quickly steps in and tells them who the real culprit is. Together they not only defeat Loki, but a series of other supervillains, and decide to name their brilliant team the Avengers. Just when they thought they couldn’t get any more powerful, they come across Captain America, making the magnificent team complete!
This easy reader is ideal for young readers, especially those who are already superhero fans. The text is presented in very short sentences in clear print and accompanied by sharp and bright illustrations that will definitely catch the reader’s attention. Like most superhero stories, the overarching theme of good conquering evil is prevalent, as well as the principle of teamwork. The fact that there is superhero violence throughout probably shouldn’t surprise fans of this book but is still worth noting. Overall, this book excellently depicts the well-known story of the Avengers in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-enjoy way.
*Contains mild violence.