Author: Anne Cottringer
Illustrator: Alex T Smith
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:
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?
- 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?
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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