By Sarah Stephens, Art Baltazar, Illustrator, Picture Window Books, $16.99, 60 pages

10Few people realize that when Superman escaped from Krypton, Super-Pet Hero, Beppo the Monkey, hitched a ride! Now Superman’s animal sidekick gets a starring role in his own adventure. In Sarah Hines Stephens’ book Midway Monkey Madness, Beppo must help the zoo animals get back to safety after Gorilla Grodd the evil ape lets them go during a carnival. Even The Wonder Twins join in to help. Art Baltazar’s illustration will tickle your funny bone. Each DC Super Pet comic book has themed jokes after the story. There is also a page called Meet the Author and Illustrator where kids find out how they got involved in writing and illustrating with some fun personal facts. Midway Monkey Madness is a fun introduction to comics for both girls and boys and it is geared towards readers who are transitioning from picture books to chapter books.

Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin