World Book Day 2021: 4 Supertato Reviews + Easy Supertato Craft!

March 5, 2021 in Children's Books
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If you’re a booklover, you’ll know that Thursday was World Book Day. As a family of booklovers, it’s one of our favourite days of the year. It’s up there with Christmas and Pancake Day. We celebrate our love for books by scoping out the release announcements, pre-ordering our £1 books and spending the day itself all cosied up, reading to our heart’s content. It’s a lot of fun. This year, we went with a Supertato theme by reading FOUR Supertato books by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet and making our very own Supertato. So today, I’m going to be sharing mini book reviews plus an easy peasy Supertato craft!

Supertato Book Reviews

 

Supertato by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Supertato
by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet


Let’s start with the OG Supertato book. In this book, we’re introduced to the hero and villain of the series: Supertato and the Evil Pea. The Evil Pea has escaped from the freezer and is running around the supermarket, up to no good! But fear not: Supertato is here to save the day!

It’s an interesting spin on the typical good vs evil trope that kids seem to love. (Mine certainly does!) But I feel like this was the book that got the least engagement and enjoyment from my son. Still, a great introduction to the series and characters!

 

Supertato: Books Are Rubbish! by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Supertato: Books Are Rubbish!
by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet


This was our son’s World Book Day pick for last year. All the veggies are enjoying some books – all except the evil pea of course! In fact, the Evil Pea decides to sabotage reading time. Yes, he really is THAT evil! The lights go out and the veggies have to use their unique skills (learnt from books!) to get things back to normal.

A great little picture book to show reluctant readers that books aren’t actually rubbish! We had to guess the ending as a little someone had torn out the final page… but I’m sure it was a happy one.

 

Supertato Super Squad by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Supertato: Super Squad
by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet


I recently won a copy of this one in a giveaway and shared my thoughts in a previous picture book wrap-up. Basically, it follows Supertato and his veggie friends who are determined to teach the Evil Pea a lesson. But it’s not what you think! This book is about showing kindness to all – even those who can be kind of mean!

Again, it’s light-hearted and fun. It feels a lot shorter than the other books so I think it’s geared towards a slightly younger audience? But it works really well for us and keeps our 3 year old’s attention throughout. And the message is lovely so that’s a big plus!

 

Supertato: Bubbly Troubly by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Supertato: Bubbly Troubly
by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet


Many thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s UK and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

And now for the latest addition to the Supertato series! As you’d expect from the books, the Evil Pea is up to mischief AGAIN. In this one, he deliberately mixes up the bubble solutions turning bubble time into absolute chaos. The veggies need to find a solution and quick! With help from Mystic Mango, they get the job done and the Evil Pea is banished back into the freezer.

Since my son is obsessed with bubbles, this was a fun read for us all. It followed the formula well: veggies having a good time, ruined by Evil Pea and then working well as a team to solve the problem. It’s cheerful, colourful and featured some fun word play that went down well with my husband and I.

While I did enjoy the book, I’m not sure how I felt about the Mystic Mango character. It certainly felt like racial stereotyping at times. (I understand that he is a fictional vegetable but there was something there that didn’t sit right with me which let the book down a bit.) All in all, it’s a fantastic picture book that the whole family can enjoy!

Supertato: Bubbly Troubly is out now! You can buy it from Bookshop.org* and all good book retailers.

 

How to Make Your Own Supertato at Home

*Inspired by mumma_cornwall on Instagram*

What You’ll Need:

  • A Potato
  • Paper/Card/Ribbon/Tissue Paper
  • Something for the eyes!
  • PVA glue and glue sticks
  • Scissors

Making a Supertato is a super easy craft project for little ones. It’s also a lot of fun! Here’s how we did it:

Step 1: The Belt

Using some black glittery card (you can use whatever materials you have available), we cut it into a long thin strip that could wrap around our potato. We then glued the entire length of the card before securing it around the potato.

For our belt buckle, we used a small square of plain white paper. This was coloured in yellow and red and marked with Supertato’s signature ‘S’. Once the belt was secured in place, we glued the back of the buckle and stuck it on top of the belt.

Step 2: The Eye Mask

Using an even thinner strip of the same black glittery card, we stuck this around the potato nearer the top. This was followed by two little plain paper dots with eyes drawn on in pencil.

Step 3: The Cape

For this step, we used some orange tissue paper. We glued one length and secured it onto the back of the eye mask card.

Step 4: The Smile

We could have used another piece of plain paper cut into a small crescent shape and glued that into place but instead we just drew a smile directly onto the potato. And voila – our Supertato was complete!

Our finished Supertato: Supertato Craft for Kids

So there you have it: four Supertato stories reviewed and one DIY Supertato! Will you be making your own Supertato? Let me know in the comments below!

12 Comments

  • Simona March 7, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    I had never heard of SuperTato and can I just say it’s adorable?! Your DIY it’s also so so sweet! Thank you for sharing x

    • Hayley March 9, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Thank you so much Simona! We had a lot of fun with it. 🙂

  • Heather @ RandomRedheadedRamblings March 7, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve not read these books but I’d love to read them, Supertato is so cute!

    • Hayley March 9, 2021 at 9:45 am

      Thanks Heather, he really is! 🙂

  • Cristina Rosano March 8, 2021 at 11:59 am

    I love children’s book! I don’t have any to read them too, but it sounds entertaining and a great read to have together. Really like the idea of making the veggie characters at home for them too! Thanks for sharing x

    • Hayley March 9, 2021 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Cristina! I’m a firm believer that kids aren’t a requirement for reading children’s books. All reading is reading. 🙂 It is a fun series and we very much enjoyed making our own Supertato. Lots of fun was had! 🙂

  • Eleanor Jones March 8, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Aw this is such a lovely idea, especially for parents with children to entertain at home at the moment. Thank you for sharing x

    • Hayley March 9, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Eleanor. I completely agree and real easy to do with things lying around. 🙂

  • Stephanie March 8, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Ummm this is freaking ADORABLE?! Where were these books when I was a kid? I would have loved them. I love anything superhero-related. I might need to introduce these to my nephews. Seriously, so much fun. And what a creative craft to go with the stories!

    • Hayley March 9, 2021 at 10:16 am

      Right? I would have loved these books as a kid too! Thanks Stephanie, I hope that your nephews enjoy them as much as my son does. 🙂

  • Lindsey March 12, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Ahh these sound like so much fun! I’ll have to have a look into them for my nieces, the little one especially sounds like the right sort of age for these. Great review!

    • Hayley March 17, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you Lindsey! I hope they enjoy them. 🙂

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