Superheroes Don’t Get Scared…Or Do They? – by Kate Thompson, illustrated by Clare Elsom

Today I am delighted to share with you the picture book debut from Kate Thompson, ‘Superheroes Don’t Get Scared…Or Do They?’ illustrated by Clare Elsom. This insightful and thoughtful picture book deals with the subject of fear, which given the strange and somewhat scary times we are currently living in, feels even more necessary. Maisie wishes she was just like the superheroes she looks up to. She’s convinced they’re fearless and brave but her mum and dad let her into a secret. Even superheroes get scared sometimes! Maisie doesn’t believe it, what could they be possibly afraid of? Maisie soon discovers that with the power of self belief and a willingness to face our fears, we can all be superheroes too!


Engaging and entertaining, this book explores feelings that children may be reluctant to talk about in a fun and accessible way. Kate’s lively and bouncy rhymes make this story perfect for reading aloud and it’s many comic moments are bound to make children laugh. She has assembled a line up of superbly funny superheroes from BogeyBoy to Burpnado, who are bound to delight and amuse younger readers. Clare’s bold and vibrant, comic style illustrations capture brilliantly the superheroes facing their greatest fears allowing children to feel reassured through intricate and humorous spreads. This is the perfect addition to any primary school library.

Thank you to Kate and Trigger Publishing for sending me a gifted copy of this book, ‘Superheroes Don’t Get Scared,’ is released on the 3rd September and is available to pre-order now online or from any good bookshop. If you can please support your local bookshop you can find the nearest one here.

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