Experience Fun Escapades in These 10 Superhero Books for Kids

There is nothing quite as fun as a superhero adventure book to take the reader into a magical land of witches and wizards. When the real world seems a little dull, turn to any of the following ten novels to enter a world of villains, heroes, quests and above all, plenty of adventure.

10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

First Published: 1900

What It’s About:

Dorothy and her dog, Toto are transported to a magical land after a tornado hits their home in Kansas. After the house gets swept away, Dorothy wakes up in a strange land. To find her way back home, she must find the mysterious wizard, Oz who lives in the Emerald City. Following the yellow brick road, Dorothy makes a few friends along the way, including the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. She also comes in the way of the Wicked Witch of the West, who has been planning to capture Dorothy ever since she landed in town.

Why You Should Read It:

An iconic tale for children, the book and the Hollywood adaptation that followed have enthralled generations all through the 20th century and later. A wonderful and straightforward story with plenty of imaginative characters and adventures at every turn.

Best Quote:

“Take me home to Aunt Em.”

9. The Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander

First Published: 1964

What It’s About:

Taran of Cae Dallben is a young man who dreams of becoming a hero. Along with his group of friends, Taran strives to be an honorable man. He partakes in several adventures and quests, including attempting to defeat the evil Arawn Death-Lord and all his servants. Taran is asked to look after a pig known as Hen Wen, which has the ability to predict the future. The book follows the adventures of Taran and his companions. The five-part series is considered to be inspired by the legend of King Arthur and is heavily influenced by ancient Welsh culture.

Why You Should Read It:

This five-book series is full of magic, so it will appeal to anyone looking for a highly adventurous tale. The characters are wonderfully weird with witches, evil kings, zombie armies, magical swords, and of course, Hen Wen, the pig with the ability to predict the future.

Best Quote:

“Neither refuse to give help when it is needed, nor refuse to accept it when it is offered.”

8. Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

First Published: 1986

What It’s About:

The eldest of three children, Sophie is an unlucky girl who fails in her endeavors if she ever tries leaving home to find her path in life. Unfortunately, Sophie manages to attract the wrath of the Witch of the Waste who casts a spell on her and transforms her into an old lady. The only way to break the spell lies in the constantly-moving castle in the hills known as the Wizard Howl’s castle. This, however, will require Sophie to come to a bargain with a fire demon, deal with the cruel Howl, and meet the Witch of the Waste. As she continues on this journey to save herself, Sophie makes discoveries about Howl and herself, which change her perspective on everything.

Why You Should Read It:

The story is refreshing and original and the protagonist Sophie, with her positive attitude towards life, is a great role model for children and adults alike. If you enjoy intriguing storylines with unpredictable and lovable characters, then this book is for you.

Best Quote:

“I think we ought to live happily ever after.”

7. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

First Published: 1963

What It’s About:

One night Max, while wearing his wolf suit, makes so much trouble in his house that his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and is sent to bed with no supper. The same night, however, a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and suddenly an ocean appears in his room with a boat to take him to where the wild things are. Arriving in the land of the wild things, Max tames them and crowns himself their king, and so the wild rumpus begins. However, after sending the monsters to bed, Max begins to feel lonely and knows he must sail home to his family.

Why You Should Read It:

Whether or not you have seen the wonderful movie adaptation, you will certainly enjoy this creative book. While the story is quite different, even by children’s story standards, the message behind it is a simple one: unconditional love is at home.

Best Quote:

“Let the wild rumpus start!”

6. The Keys To The Kingdom Collection 7 Books Set, by Garth Nix

First Published: 2003

What It’s About:

Arthur Penhaligon has started working at a new school and it is going well. Mister Monday, a mysterious character appears and gives Arthur a magical clock hand only to have his goons, who look like dogs, chase him to get it back. Arthur soon discovers that a mysterious virus has been spreading through his town and he decides to try to stop it. After entering a mysterious house, Arthur meets Suzy Blue and an entity known as ‘the Will.’ He soon learns that he has been selected as heir to the mysterious house and must now find the     other part of the magical clock

hand to successfully defeat Mister Monday. Since Monday is always guarded by his goons, the task will not be an easy one.

Why You Should Read It:

This book will appeal to those looking for an action-packed story. Even though it’s a children’s book, it’s a page-turner with unexpected adventures at every turn.

Best Quote:

“Sometimes it is easier to see the light when you stand partly in the darkness.”

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

First Published: 1865

What It’s About:

When Alice falls down a rabbit hole one sleepy afternoon, she enters a fantasy world full of strange anthropomorphic creatures. The adventures that follow have made Alice one of the most iconic figures in children’s books. Adults love the book just as much. The Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts are just a few of the most iconic characters in this story.

Why You Should Read It:

The book is considered one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre and Alice’s adventures have become classic tales for both, children and adults, alike. The deeper meaning behind Alice’s adventures is debatable, but the book certainly had an enormous influence on popular culture in the 20th and 21st century. This is a must-read for those looking for the world where nothing makes sense.

Best Quote:

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

4. Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling

First Published: 1997

What It’s About:

The first of this seven-part series begins with Harry Potter, a young boy who lives with his relatives. Harry’s parents died when he was just a baby and ever since then, he has been staying with his relatives who treat him badly, forcing him to live in a tiny room under the stairs. Harry’s life is changed forever when he receives a letter that arrives at his home telling him that he is no

ordinary boy: Harry Potter is a wizard. After being rescued by a friendly and mysterious visitor, Harry is enrolled in his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Why You Should Read It:

One of the best-selling authors of all time, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter has been a phenomenal favorite among children and adults alike. The characters are loveable, the magic seems very real and the story itself is endlessly fascinating.

Best Quote:

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

3. Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville

First Published: 2007

What It’s About:

When Zanna, a twelve-year-old girl and her friend Deeba discover a hidden entrance leading out of London and into a strange city, it is the beginning of an ancient prophecy that is coming true. This will prove deadly to everyone involved. The title of the book refers to the city of London as seen through the looking glass. Un Lun Dun is a weird and wonderful land where everything that has been lost in London comes together. This also includes the lost people of London, such as Brokkenbroll, the leader of the broken umbrellas and an empty milk carton called Curdle. The city is full of strange characters and some dark, mysterious forces. The city is waiting for its hero, and Zanna may have set the prophecy in motion.

Why You Should Read It:

If you are looking for something surreal and thrilling, look no further.

Best Quote:

“The dead are way more organized than the living.”

2. The Axe and the Throne, by M.D. Ireman

First Published: 2014

What It’s About:

Viking Tallos has taken on a monumental journey: going to the North. His friend’s eldest sons have been taken hostage by the savage Northmen who have been raiding the region. While Tallos knows the boys are already in grave danger, he hopes to bring back what remains of them, but he couldn’t have predicted what he finds instead of corpses.

Why You Should Read It:

This is a fast-paced fantasy novel that will be much loved by thrill seekers. From corrupt politicians and determined women to the valiant warriors, every character is well-written and memorable. Older children will enjoy this book and the suspense that it builds throughout the story. Often, the identity of the character is not immediately revealed, despite their monologues, adding another layer of intrigue to the way this story is told.

Best Quote:

“He wondered if he could forgive her for not having done what they carefully planned.”

1. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

First Published: 1955

What It’s About:

A masterpiece by all means, this is a three-part story set in Middle Earth. When Gandalf the Grey wizard persuades the young hobbit, Frodo Baggins to destroy the One ring, the source of all evil, an epic adventure begins. Destroying the ring is the only way to prevent Sauron from getting his evil hands on it and to do so, Frodo must journey into the heart of Mordor, the most evil of all the lands in Middle Earth.

Why You Should Read It:

Said to be the most influential book in the fantasy genre, it is also one of the most widely read books in the world. While every fantasy book has, in some way or another, been inspired by The Lord of the Rings, none has been able to touch its greatness in terms of popularity and impact. The maps that accompany the books are excellent illustrations and this book is a must-read.

Best Quote:

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Conclusion

These ten novels are much-loved stories of adventure, magic, and courage. Whether you are a child or an adult, these ten stories have something for everyone and will help readers escape into weird and wonderful worlds.

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