Movie Flip Book (Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice)

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Movie Flip Book (Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice)
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
February 16, 2016
ISBN
978-0545916271
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From Superman(TM) and his mighty powers to Batman(TM) and his clever gadgets, this full-color flip book contains everything fans need to know about the stars of the new film: Batman v Superman(TM): Dawn of Justice. Striking images from the movie are accompanied by cool facts about the two heroes. Readers will begin by discovering the world of Batman, then flip the book over to learn more about his rival, Superman. Plus, the book also comes with a poster!

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Irresistible force meets insurmountable obstacle!
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4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0

To go along with the Batman Vs. Superman movie, here is a companion volume that delineates both the origins of Batman and Superman. Using stills from the movie and simple text, the back stories of the two superheroes are covered separately. Each has plenty of attention given not only to his origin story, but to the genesis and extent of his powers. Metropolis and its problems are discussed in Superman's section, and the troubles facing Gotham City are addressed in the section about Batman. The fact that Metropolis was the center of a Kryptonian invasion, which was thwarted by Superman, is covered as well, and some doubt is thrown on Superman's ability to fight on the side of good. The center of the book has a poster of the two superheroes facing off.
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There have been many retellings of both of these stories, so it's not surprising that a new one is in order to coincide with the new movie. I liked the fact that nothing was left out of the backstories-- Superman's included information about the Kents finding him and raising him in a small town, and Batman's included the story of his parents being shot and Alfred raising him at the Wayne mansion. This is a very good overview of both stories, and young readers who might want to see the movie because "all of their friends are going" will benefit from having the information.

The formatting of the pages is very clean and clear-- stills from the movie are offset with a brief description, often highlighted by a white background that makes the text stand out from the pictures. There are headings for each section, and the right amount of information to make each topic understandable. I have many struggling readers who adore superheroes, and this seems to be written with them in mind.

The movie looks a little violent for my taste, so this book might also be a good way to get younger readers up to speed on the story without having them actually see the movie!
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