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How to Be a Hero



by
Florence Parry Heide
illustrated by
Chuck Groenink

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Imprint
Chronicle
ISBN
9781452127101

Awards and Honors
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Humorous Picture Books
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

How do we choose our idols? This witty story leaves the real nature of heroism for the reader to decide. Full-color illustrations rendered in pencil and Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 9 5/8"

AR

3.9: points 0.5

Lexile

AD630L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

3

JLG Release

Jan 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Heroes. Fame. Grocery stores. Observation.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Gideon is a nice boy who lives in a nice house, has nice parents, and possesses plenty of toys. He should be satisfied, but he wants more. Gideon wants to be a hero, the kind he sees on the front page of the newspaper. Thinking long and hard about the heroes in the fairy tales he has read, he concludes that it isn’t necessary to kiss a princess (or a snoring elderly babysitter) or even to be strong, brave, or clever. Gideon decides that all he has to do is be in the right place at the right time and pay attention. So he goes to the supermarket, where he finds himself surrounded by other customers cheering him on as the 10,000th customer. His picture appears in the newspaper, and he even gets a kiss on the cheek from a girl. Gideon becomes the hero he’s always wanted to be. The narrative alone is strong enough, but the true story lies in Groenink’s soft illustrations. Gideon is so wrapped up in his candy bar and becoming a hero that he does not notice what’s happening in the background. To find out the identity of the true hero in this book, readers and listeners alike must follow Gideon’s own advice about keeping their eyes open. This narrative is filled with tongue-in-cheek humor but can be a starting point for a discussion on what makes a hero; educators may want to use it as part of a fairy-tale unit. VERDICT A valuable addition to any collection and sure to please readers and listeners alike.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gideon is a nice boy who lives in a nice house, has nice parents, and possesses plenty of toys. He should be satisfied, but he wants more. Gideon wants to be a hero, the kind he sees on the front page of the newspaper. Thinking long and hard about the heroes in the fairy tales he has read, he concludes that it isn’t necessary to kiss a princess (or a snoring elderly babysitter) or even to be strong, brave, or clever. Gideon decides that all he has to do is be in the right place at the right time and pay attention. So he goes to the supermarket, where he finds himself surrounded by other customers cheering him on as the 10,000th customer. His picture appears in the newspaper, and he even gets a kiss on the cheek from a girl. Gideon becomes the hero he’s always wanted to be. The narrative alone is strong enough, but the true story lies in Groenink’s soft illustrations. Gideon is so wrapped up in his candy bar and becoming a hero that he does not notice what’s happening in the background. To find out the identity of the true hero in this book, readers and listeners alike must follow Gideon’s own advice about keeping their eyes open. This narrative is filled with tongue-in-cheek humor but can be a starting point for a discussion on what makes a hero; educators may want to use it as part of a fairy-tale unit. VERDICT A valuable addition to any collection and sure to please readers and listeners alike.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY

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