In an age where we are inundated with superheroes, it’s kind of nice to have a story that talks about what a superhero actually is. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Marvel. But you have to look beyond the superhuman feats that these characters perform and into who they are within, what kinds of morals they value. And this story seeks to teach children to look within to be a super person that way.
This is the second story in the series and it sounds like our little friend had quite the adventure in the first one. We don’t get too much detail about what happened in that first story, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy reading this one. Though you may want to go back and read the first one after this one.
It does have a biblical focus that ties into its lessons. So this would be good to discuss with a small church group or even at home with your elementary-aged children. The cover does make it look like it’s more of a picture book geared toward younger children, but it is a sort of mini chapter book.
Scruff learns his lesson as he tries (and fails) to perform superhuman [supergoat?] feats to impress the other animals on the farm. Kids will get a kick out of reading those.
The only part I didn’t care for was when he ran away in fear from his mother, who was upset with him, “rolling pin in hand.” That’s not something that most people would use for discipline these days. But of course, she doesn’t use it on him.
Otherwise, I think kids will enjoy this story and learn a lot from it.