Caralyn Buehner Dex: The Heart of a Hero

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Dex: The Heart of a Hero

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Dexter is a little dog. He's so little that the other dogs forget to invite him to play, and Cleevis the tomcat bullies him.

But little Dexter has dreams -- big dreams. He wants to be a superhero. So Dexter starts a superhero training program. And suddenly, even Cleevis needs his help!

In Superdog, husband-and-wife team Mark and Caralyn Buehner have created a timeless story about a true superhero. Dexter has determination, spirit, and heart as he proves, above all, that no matter how little you are, you can still do very big things.

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About the Author:

Caralyn and Mark Buehner have created many charming children's books together, including Snowmen at Night, The Escape of Marvin the Ape, and Fanny's Dream. In addition to the books they have done together, Caralyn has written I Want to Say I Love You, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers, and Mark has illustrated many beautiful books for children, including Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck and Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolan. The husband-and-wife team live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their seven children and their superdog, Carmy.

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Reviewed with Steve Bjorkman's Supersnouts!

PreS-Gr. 1. Lots of kids want to be superheroes, and apparently so do certain animals. Two new books make good use of every child's longing to be the biggest, bravest, strongest. In Supersnouts! young pig Hamlet notices masked men entering the barnyard and alerts two older pigs. They slip into the costumes of the Superhero Pig Patrol and allow Hamlet to get some "on-the-hoof" training as a superhero. He causes almost as much trouble as he solves before triumphantly catching the burglars (though the actual capture is somewhat abbreviated). This rather slight story has a high quantity of hammy jokes along with plenty of bangs and booms. The attraction here is the zippy watercolor artwork, so action-filled that each spread practically quivers with movement. Although the pictures are not cartoon-style, this raucous offering does have elements of that robust medium.

Superdog has the same energy, but less slapstick and more heart. Dexter is a small dog, who decides that the way to get respect, especially from ridiculing cat Cleevis, is to become a superhero. He exercises, reads up on other superheroes, and even gets a costume. Almost immediately, he is tackling purse snatchers, rescuing rodents, and in a dramatic denouement, saves Cleevis, who is stuck in a tree. This has a stronger story than Supersnouts, but again it is the artwork that really shines. Solid shapings, surprising perspectives, and thick paints in dynamic colors combine for artwork that practically jumps off the page. There's plenty of wit, too, such as in the set of six small pictures in which Dexter shows off his newly developed muscles. Pure fun (mixed with a little forgiveness). Ilene Cooper
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