Saturday, February 6, 2010


Book review:

Kelvin is a boy who loves all things "Superhero". He spends his playtime fighting off villains and other imaginary threats--always saving the day, of course. One day his fantasy world is interrupted by the reality of getting diabetes...the incessant finger pricks, shots, and the constant doctor's appointments. A specialist doctor uncovers that Kelvin has superpowers. He is fitted with an insulin pump before taking a superhero oath as 'Super K'. The story next reveals itself as the genesis of a new type of superhero--one who uses his superpowers to help kids with diabetes. This book empowers kids to find their own superpowers in the face of adversity. The comic book style illustrations by Micah Chambers-Goldberg beautifully connect children and parents to the world of diabetes.The book includes a kid friendly diagram that explains type 1 diabetes and a glossary that discusses both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Even Superheroes Get Diabetes is a powerful educational tool for doctors, parents, kids, and librarians!

This book is intended to help kids, parents, teachers and friends cope with diabetes. It is written primarily for kids(age 5-9), but any adult involved in the world of diabetes will relate.