The Blurb On The Back:
Every good pooperhero needs a SOLID sidekick …
Superpoop has been single-handedly tackling the town’s TOILET TROUBLE. But with the DIRTY WORK piling up, he decides it’s finally time to share the HEAVY LOAD.
Is Superpoop’s biggest fan, Wonda Wype, up to the challenge?
Join Superpoop on his hunt for the perfect NUMBER TWO in this TOOT-ally hilarious, action-packed toilet tale.
SUPERPOOP NEEDS A NUMBER TWO was released in the United Kingdom on 30th March 2023. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.
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The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
Superpoop has been incredibly busy since joining the League of Superheroes. When Mayor McGill asks Superpoop for his help in protecting a priceless ancient Egyptian Golden Toilet Brush, he realises that he needs a sidekick who can help with the workload.
When Superpoop’s number one fan – Wonda Wype – volunteers for the job but Superpoop isn’t sure that she’s up for it and is determined to put her to the test in order to assess whether she has what it takes.
Sam Harper and Chris Jevons’s picture book sequel is a pun-tastic take on toilet humour with plenty of poo jokes to keep any young reader entertained but also a decent story for them to follow. Wonda is a spirited and determined sidekick and I enjoyed her attempts to prove herself to a skeptical Superpoop while Jevons’s energetic illustrations have a lot of fun with all the toilet imagery and add further visual jokes.
Although young readers tend to love toilet humour and poo and fart jokes, it can be difficult to get right in picture books: it’s either too gross or too boring. I think that Harper and Jevons get the balance right here – the Superpoo main character gives them plenty of scope to crack jokes that are very heavy on puns but which also include plenty of visual jokes, e.g. Superpoop’s super farts.
I hadn’t read the previous book – SUPERPOOP – but you don’t need to in order to follow this story. Superpoop is a fun main character (and I really liked his superhero quiz hairstyle) but this is much more Wonda Wype’s story as she has to prove that she is good enough to be his sidekick. I liked Wonda’s determination and Harper and Jevons have a lot of fun with her own abilities, such as her flowery fragrance. The story here works well too with the supervillain Snakeface determined to take the Golden Toilet Brush and using Superpoop’s distraction at looking for a sidekick to do so.
It’s all very silly but also fun and the type of book that young readers will spend a lot of time giggling over. Certainly, I would check out the previous book on the strength of this one and would also read more books in this series.