Superpower: Imagination

A Book With Pictures Only You Can See

Children - Action
25 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2023
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Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite

Who says ordinary people don’t have superpowers? Superpower: Imagination by Jacqui Shepherd is here to challenge that narrative with a one-of-a-kind children’s book. This story takes the reader on a complex adventure filled with stunning natural sights, friendly animals, and kooky means of transportation. There is one big twist: this book has no pictures, and it is up to the reader to use their imagination superpower to visualize the story in their mind! Like any good mentor, this book does not leave the reader to do all the imagining alone but provides guidance on where to travel (up a mountain, down a sparkly slide, and even up to the moon!) and the many possibilities of what to envision (when a rabbit leads the reader onward, they decide whether the rabbit’s ears are long and floppy or short and pointy, and exactly what pace when it is hopping along). When readers come to the end of the journey, they are encouraged—like any powerful hero—to hone their ability and use it for good.

A creative, bold, and unique concept that I have not yet encountered in children’s literature! Superpower: Imagination will delight young readers and challenge seasoned readers alike. While there are no pictures in this book, Jacqui Shepherd makes use of fun text fonts to help readers enter the mindset of exercising their imaginations. As an adult reader, I enjoyed a beautiful journey through nature and let go of hesitations to avoid the more playful aspects of the story. (Traveling by bubble may not be practical, but it sure is fun!) One of the best elements of this book is its re-readability. Every adventure can be different, and even more so when friends and family are around to join in. This book would be so much fun for group story time but is also at a perfect reading level for students able to read picture books by themselves to undertake alone. While short, the book is broken into chapters in case the reader needs to step back into the real world before continuing their imagination journey.