Eliot Midnight Superhero discussion guide


Author: Anne Cottringer

Illustrator: Alex T Smith

Publisher: Scholastic

Suggested Year Group: Two


By day, Eliot is a quiet boy who likes to read and play with his toys. But when the clock strikes midnight, Eliot is transformed into a superhero! When he's not showing off his incredible swimming skills or wowing the crowds with his expert lion-taming, you can find him assisting the Queen. One day Eliot receives an urgent message from the world's Most Important Scientists: a giant meteor is hurtling towards Earth! Will Eliot be able to rise to the challenge and save the world from destruction in the nick of time? A fantastically fast-paced adventure story, gloriously brought to life by bestselling Alex T. Smith.

Points for Discussion:

Before Reading:

Look at the picture of Eliot on the front cover:

  • Does he look like a typical superhero?
  • What do superheroes usually look like, e.g Batman and Spiderman.

How did Eliot become a superhero?

Look at the endpapers at the beginning of the book.The double page  is marked Top Secret.

  • Spend some time looking at the items on the page. What sense can you make of it?
  • What situations might Eliot find himself in?
  • The mayor, the coastguard, the queen and the world’s Most Important Scientists all need his help. Can you predict what they need help with?

During Reading:

  • Notice the verbs the author uses to describe Elliot’s actions. How do they make you feel about Eliot?
  • What do words like; grabs, leaps, races etc suggest to you?  

Read the pages which describe Elliot going on his mission to save the Earth from a Meteor strike.

  • What makes it a difficult and dangerous mission? 
  • Make a list of all the dangers and all the skills that Elliot uses to succeed.
  • What would Elliot’s parents say if he told them about his midnight exploits?
  • Would they believe him?

After Reading

Write a newspaper report describing Elliot’s mission to stop the meteor hitting the earth.

Create a ‘How to be a Superhero’ information sheet.


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