Jackson Superhero might not be a real name, but it is a story about a real boy, and as the name
suggests, Jackson is far from ordinary. By day, a rare disease limits his ability to move freely, but at
night he is far from grounded. When the sleeping hours come around, and weightlessness takes
over, Jackson takes to the skies. He knows what it means to need the support of others, which is
why when he hears a call for help, he is quickly there to lend a hand.
This beautiful book is about a boy who escapes the confines of his daytime life in his dreams; where he becomes a superhero rushing to aid of his friends!
The book follows the adventure in rhyme which is both easy to read and entertaining for the children. Both my 5yr old and 8yr old loved the story and the littlest was particularity taken with the Owl character!
There is a short blurb in the back of the book about the protagonists inspiration, and whilst the true nature of the reasons behind the nighttime escapades does not really come across in the story, the thought behind the theme is beautiful and one that can be shared easily across many age groups.
Overall this was a lovely book, which both my children enjoyed and we would certainly be interested in seeing more in the series.
Information about the book
Title: Jackson Saves an Owl
Author: Darren Garwood
Illustrator: Carl Osborne
Release Date: 1 st September 2018
Genre: Picture Book
Publisher: Untold Books
Darren Garwood is the father of Jackson, a real boy living with a rare and terminal illness
called Krabbe disease. Darren came up with the Jackson Superhero series because as
Jackson can’t move during the day, Darren wanted to help him dream at night, when he was
free to be anything he wanted to be. Jackson Saves an owl is written in lively, fantastic
rhyme, and is the first in the Jackson Superhero series.