October 14th | 1pm CST
Breakfast of Superheroes | Steve Frederick
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ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Captain Nightmare had been keeping this powerful ring locked up, waiting to find someone worthy of its powers, but loaned it to the Cereal Company for one day so they could create toy copies of the ring. Nightmare is livid, thinking that Scrunchy lost the ring, but a more likely explanation is that the ring grew tired of being locked up and ran away. Magic rings sometimes do.
Though Kyle and Carlos have both long dreamed of being superheroes, Kyle is not nearly as adventuresome as his friend. He is clumsy and is terrified of a great many things, including sleeping in the top bunk bed. He feels utterly unworthy of the ring’s powers. Though Carlos is quite jealous that Kyle has the ring, he cheers for Kyle and prods him into action. He helps him to pick out what turns out to be a comical costume and tries to pick a name for Kyle’s superhero identity.
When Kyle tries to use his powers by flying out his bedroom window, he has a painful meeting with the bushes below his window. After he figures out how to activate the power of the ring, the ring takes him on a wild ride, with Kyle screaming in terror. After a couple of flights, he starts to get the hang of the ring, but is still clumsy with it.
When Carlos and the Alexander family hear a report of a passenger plane that is in trouble, Carlos manipulates Kyle’s parents into punishing Kyle to get him away from the dinner table. Kyle reluctantly flies to the rescue, only to be overwhelmed by the size of the job at hand. He leaves without doing anything to help save the plane or even speaking to Captain Nightmare.
Later, Kyle returns to the sky and finds a restaurant being robbed. He flies to apprehend the thief, only to freeze when he sees how big and mean the thief looks. Kyle is embarrassed and ashamed and finds himself lying to his best friend to cover up his fears.
Determined to be worthy of the ring, he undertakes another adventure and encounters the city’s most dangerous crook, Rocky the Rat. Rocky is threatening a woman from whom he has been extorting money. Kyle lands and hides behind a tree to observe, and is so terrified that he can hardly stand. He considers flying away, hoping that the police or another superhero will show up to handle the job, but realizes he must either face Rocky or let the woman die. When he summons the courage to confront Rocky and his gang, they mock him and hurl insults at him. After Kyle accidentally dents the gang’s car, a henchman named Eddie tries to smash him with a hammer. Kyle tries to fly away, but the ring won’t let him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.