#322 – Heroes of the Year by Frances Watt GIVEAWAY!!



Giveaway: Heroes of the Year by Frances Watt

Today’s giveaway is from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers and Kid Lit Reviews. The winner will receive the new release, Heroes of the Year by Frances Watt.  Enter using the Rafflecopter link at end of the review.  Entries close Saturday at midnight.  Winner announced on Sunday.  Now for the review of Heroes of the Year.


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Heroes of the Year
by Frances Watt

Judy Watson, illustrator

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

4 Stars


Back Cover:  Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud, the ten-year-old superhero-in-training and his sidekick sheep have a good chance of winning the Hero of the Year award until—a pencil-wielding fiend starts to wreak havoc in the town of Baxter.  Can Ernie and Maud stop Pencil Pete and win the golden trophy?

First Sentence:  Ernie Eggers strode down Main Street on Monday afternoon, his long green cape swishing behind him and the heels of his tall black boots echoing loudly as they struck the pavement.

HEROES Pg 10-11


I must first apologize.  My computer has been acting strange all night.  This review is a couple hours late because of fighting with the thing and no superhero came to my rescue.        My word processor application is messed up as is my mouse.  Not even a superhero-in-training and his sidekick could fix this villainous problem.

Let me simply say that this is the fourth outing for Ernie and Maude.  Still heroes-in-training, they are up for Heroes of the Year, which their branch superheroes truly believe they will win.  Ernie and his sidekick Maude—a sheep who takes gymnastic lessons to learn the splits—are to concentrate on impressing the judges—who could show up at any time and be anyone.  Then a major crime surfaces in town.  Someone is putting mustaches on pictures and objects around town.  Ernie and Maude decide to capture the villain instead of concentrate on impressing some judge.  From then on mayhem ensures, not also by the villain, who proves to be extremely elusive.

HEROES Pg 14-15


I loved this book.  The story is full of humor, pathos, and pure craziness kids will love.  The superheroes all have sidekicks that are a bit odd.  Ernie has Maude, a sheep in red leotards.  Valiant Vera’s sidekick is Housecat Woman.  They won the Hero of the Year trophy when Housecat Woman was just a kitten, and no one from the Baxter Branch has won it since.  There is a lot of pressure and heroes snag 6expectations put on Ernie and Maude.  When Pencil Pete strikes the businesses of Baxter, Ernie decides capturing the villain is most important.  I like that he forgets about his own glory for the good of the town.

Heroes of the Year is a fun story and a fast read.  As a bedtime story, its eight chapters could be finished in a week.  Or, on a sunny afternoon—or rainy, or snowy—it can be read in full.  The humor is light but effective.  The illustrations heroes snag 4add depth to the story.  Kids will love the bad behaving adults.  Heroes of the Year is the type of book I would have devoured as a child.  Any child who loves solving crimes, humor, crazy characters, and misunderstood villains will enjoy Heroes of the Year.

You can own this copy of Heroes of the Year by entering the Rafflecopter contest.  Several entries can be easily earned with two daily entries that can increase your chances of winning this wonderful middle grade read.  Here is the giveaway link: a Rafflecopter giveaway


Heroes of the Year

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Judy Watson, illustrator    bio    blog    facebook   linkedin
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers  website    blog    facebook   twitter    
Released April 1, 2012
ISBN:  978-0-8028-5412-4
86 Pages
Ages 7 to 10
 © 2012 Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, used with permission
Text:  Copyright © 2011 by Frances Watt
Illustrations © 2011 by Judy Watson



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15 thoughts on “#322 – Heroes of the Year by Frances Watt GIVEAWAY!!

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  2. This sounds hysterical. Although I think ALL of my grandchildren would love it, it has Preston’s name written all over it. He is quite the comedian & would really enjoy this one.


    • Preston sounds like my kind of kid. Always a funny bone to tickle with him around? Yes, I think Preston would love to read and laugh at the Heroes and the silly antics they get into. Plus, if he likes it, this is a series, so there is even more fun and laughs. Enjoy! 🙂


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  4. Sounds like you been having the kind of day I had on Monday, ugh. I have two younger granddaughters who would like to read this book, theylike superheros and I would like to see how Ernie and Maude catch the villians. Humor is great for kids and they need to laugh and learn


    • This laptop has been giving me headaches almost since the day I got it. The readers nicknamed it Lappy when I moaned about it a few months ago.

      I agree laughter is important. Learning that is dull and boring will soon be forgotten. Learning that is fun and interactive will stick with a person. I am not a teacher (social worker), so I really do not know what is best, but it makes sense to me.

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope to “see” you again real soon. 😀


    • Wacky is great, don’t you think? At least some of the time. Most of the time? This one is about friendship, second chances, and something else I am forgetting and probably forgot to say in the review. 😦 It is cute, funny, and kid friendly. Reluctant readers might also like Heroes of the Year!

      Thanks for commenting. I truly appreciate it. I hope you will return. At some point there will be more book giveaways and who know what else. 😀


    • This is the same laptop that caused me such a fit a few months ago. Shopping for a new one gives me headaches. I’ll push this one along a while more. Then there is always the library. (My favorite place.)

      There are loads of zany characters, plus a headquarters full that could enter a story at any time. This is a series, and a funny one. Cupcake would enjoy laughing at Maud, the sheep sidekick who is trying to learn gymnastics so she can do a split. The picture of that in my head is funny. 😆


    • I would like to see your students win a book or two. Teachers are a favorite of mine. My sister was one at the beginning of her career and she bought all of her classroom supplies. So I know how difficult and costly being a teacher can be. 🙂 Use the contact KLR page (top right) and send me an email.


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