HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Do Superheroes Play the Piano?
Author: Denise Shick
Illustrator: Yana Popova
Publisher: Shick and Popova, 2021
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 6-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Shick, Denise. Do Superheroes Play the Piano? (Published in 2021 by Shick and Popova ). Lucas and Ricky are friends who love to play superheroes together after school. One day Lucas hears Ricky’s sister, Allison, playing the piano. The beautiful music makes him want to learn to play the piano too. But Ricky tells him, “Boys don’t play the piano. That’s girl stuff.” He even calls Lucas a weirdo and asks if his friend were going to start wearing dresses. Lucas is sad, but with the help of his parents, he learns that God gives boys and girls many interests and talents and that being a boy is more about celebrating who he is than fitting into someone else’s idea of who he should be.
His father shows him from the Bible that King David was a hero who was smart and brave enough to slay Goliath but who also played music on the harp. Why can’t boys play the piano? Isn’t it possible for a boy to play both superheroes and a musical instrument? What will happen between Lucas and Ricky? Do Superheroes Play the Piano? allows children to explore gender identity, peer pressure, and problem-solving through a story grounded in the truth that our Creator designed us and loves us. The book can be a valuable tool for parents, teachers, and counselors who seek to demonstrate love and compassion as they help children develop gender confidence. Lucas learns that a boy doesn’t have to think about becoming a girl to enjoy playing music.