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Join us at Orland Square Mall for a signing of Steve Frederick’s book “Breakfast of Superheroes” June 24th | 12 pm CST

June 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm


June 24th | 12 pm CST

Breakfast of Superheroes | Steve Frederick

We kindly request that if you would like your book signed, it must be purchased at Barbara’s Bookstore. To ensure a smooth and efficient signing process, please present your receipt as proof of purchase.



Fifth grader Kyle Alexander and his best friend, Carlos, are delighted when Kyle’s mom brings home a hard-to-find box of Scrunchy Corn Flakes with the Breakfast of Superheroes promotion. These boxes contain a toy copy of the magic ring that once belonged to the brother of the city’s great superhero, Captain Nightmare. But the ring in the box doesn’t behave like a toy. It eludes capture, makes loud noises, and grabs onto Kyle’s finger and won’t let go. Carlos, won’t believe that the ring won’t come off and is angry that Kyle kept the ring after promising that he, Carlos, could have it.

Kyle’s suspicions about this ring grow when he makes an amazing escape from the fangs of the nasty neighborhood dog. Then, when his nap in the backyard ends up with him floating above his house, he and Carlos realize the truth: somehow, he got the real magic ring that gives the wearer super powers and makes him Captain Nightmare’s partner.




Steve Frederick, author of the series Cockroach the Superhero, has learned to never give up on his dreams. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a superhero, but he, unfortunately, never got super powers.

But years later, his son, Ryan, became a fan of superhero stories. After Steve told him all he could remember from his years of reading comic books, he made up stories with his own characters.

When Ryan’s school had a special day for parents to read stories to the kids, Steve wrote down a story and shared it with Ryan’s kindergarten class. Since the kids loved the story, he wrote more. Over the next few years, he read superhero stories to Ryan’s class a number of times. Soon, he became known as “The Superhero Dad.”

Besides becoming a superhero later in life, Steve is a career coach and freelance writer. His writing has won awards and appeared in several Chicago area publications. He’s also won a number of awards for his speeches in Toastmasters International. He won second place in the Chicago Area for a speech about an unlucky pitcher named Harvey Haddix who pitched 12 perfect innings, but still lost the game. That speech has been made into a picture book called The Greatest Game Ever Pitched. Steve hopes to publish it sometime soon.



June 24, 2023
12:00 pm
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