Hero Kids in the Making

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2022
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Reviewed by Laura Imaz for Readers' Favorite

In his picture book Hero Kids in the Making, W.G. Williams presents the tale of a group of enchanted beings that reside in hospitals and guide sick kids to becoming superheroes. There are many diverse creatures, ranging from sweet silver mice that can detect and hear children's superpowers, to fairy bees that can transmit abilities through their sting. Not to mention the silver fox! For this one to work, the child must be completely still so that it can see into their skin. Each one completes a crucial step in the process of building heroes, which also happens to involve medical procedures, and at the same time helps kids overcome their fear of these methods. This book is the ideal guide to assist kids in discovering their bravery and superpowers while they are in the hospital.

Hero Kids in the Making succeeds in turning terrifying medical procedures into adorable creatures while energizing and amusing young patients. One of the aspects of the book's well-considered structure that I appreciated the most was how it allowed the child to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant visuals while listening to the text. Moreover, as the text is rhymed, I imagine reading it out loud will be enjoyable and soothing. It's generally known that medical equipment can initially seem threatening, but this book encourages kids to let go of their fear by connecting them to such adorable creatures. W.G. Williams has done an excellent job of describing an experience that, if unexplored, may be overwhelming. I wholeheartedly suggest this book to everyone who has a young friend or relative receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

George Tucci

When I was a child at the dentist office, the doctor was trying to put me under with gas. Fearful, I wouldn’t let him put the gas mask on my face. The doctor walked over to a window and began to think. When he came back, he asked me if I wanted to dream about Popeye. I said yes then I let them put the gas mask on my face and I did dream about Popeye. Williams has captured the magic and uses it to encourage and overcome fears during very scary procedures. Hero’s In The Making is as important a tool as any in treating a sick child.