When Spider-Man is confronted by Nick Fury and asked to become part of a Super Hero team Spidey passes on the offer. But when the Frightful Four show up at his school and cause mayhem, Peter decides the best way to be ready for another attack is to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and learn how to become the Ultimate Spider-Man!
This is a great sized colourful and reasonably priced book aimed at young boys. The name "Spidey" is used in reference to Spiderman and this gives the book a less fierce nature in my opinion.
The book layout is fantastic, it uses a couple of different fonts for different areas. The picture layout is well constructed with a standard picture book scene, then a comic like square and at times a note page or diagram, the layout is consistent for little readers, but also varied enough to keep it interesting.
The book touches on "Uncle Ben's death" which I felt was un-needed and just added a concept that the book doesn't deal with in any other manner. Spiderman is a pretty decent role model for young children, but in a very unrealistic manner.
My son loved this book and he "loves" the idea of Spiderman, but I'm unsure if its because the can dress up like him at day-care in the suit - so that is the hook into the book for him, or if he follows and understands the storyline.
The book ends rather abruptly, and this is difficult when reading at bedtime as my son wanted to read the next book, but they are quiet a long story to get through.
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