Batman’s Amazing Tales! (LEGO Batman)

Random. (Step into Reading). Sept. 2023. 160p. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780593432013.
K-Gr 3–High interest characters; simple stories; and bright, colorful illustrations team up like the familiar superheroes in this collection of seven stories to engage early readers. The collection features Lego versions of a variety of Justice League characters and villains: Batman and his friends the Flash, Batgirl, Supergirl, Aquaman, Cyborg, and more battle supervillains including the Joker, Cheetah, Reverse Flash, the Penguin, and others. Students will be familiar with the characters and most words; the simple sentences and fast pace will allow young readers to find success in reading the stories. The crime-fighting scenarios the heroes encounter are both age-appropriate and silly, with a common theme of teamwork. For example, the Penguin uses a device to make zoo penguins steal for him; a Halloween ghost turns out to be the Cheetah; and the Flash outsmarts Captain Cold, Frost, and Mr. Freeze by having his teammates dress as additional Flashes. An illustrated glossary of the superheroes and villains includes information about their powers.
VERDICT Though the depth of the text is limited, the large print and vibrant digital art will keep emerging readers’ attention.

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