Recommendation: *** (3 stars)
Positives: A fun storyline. Kids will laugh and enjoy the action scenes. I enjoyed the family dynamic, so great to see a a multi-generational family that worked as a unit and wasn't "dysfunctional." In spite of the disappointment John Sr. felt that his son couldn't be the next great Wagner superhero, he didn't give up on him, still treated him as a son.
Negatives: Orville (dad) did deceive Eleanor (mom). He made her believe that he would not go after Boom when he had every intention of doing just that.
Talking Points: Talk with your kids about their reputation. Every action, every word, every thought is a reflection of our character. As they spend time with friends, what do they want to be known for? What kind of legacy do they want to leave? While the Wagner family certainly wanted to be known as a great superhero family, I think there were things more important to them than that. Grandfather, John Sr. was ultimately more concerned about his son (Orville) than he was about the Wagner name and Orville left a legacy to his son of never giving up, in spite of failures and disappointments. He also taught him that family, and people are of great value. Proverbs 22:1 tells us that our reputation is valuable, but Christ's reputation is of even greater value and as believers our words and actions should reflect Christ to the world. (Matt. 5:14, Gal. 5:23, Eph. 2:10, John 15).
Age Level: 10 years of age and up
I was given a free copy of this book for this review.