Macca and Al, Super Pals by Matt Cosgrove

Title: Macca and Al, Super Pals
Author & Illustrator: Matt Cosgrove
Published:  November 2020
Publisher: Scholastic
Readership: Children
Genre: Picturebook
Rating: ★★★★
RRP: $17.99

I received a copy of Macca and Al, Super Pals from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Macca and Al are here to save the day! When these best-pal alpacas decide to dress up as super heroes and do good deeds, things don’t go quite as planned. But with some help from their friends, the dynamic duo learn you don’t always have to wear a cape to be a hero.

If you’re not familiar with the Macca the Alpaca book series by Matt Cosgrove, let me enlighten you: this series of children’s pictures are bright, fun (and funny) and a lot of fun to read aloud to younger readers.

Macca and Al, Super Pals is about Macca (the alpaca) and his best friend, Al. They love all things superheroes. So much so that they decide to become superheroes – complete with masks, capes and wearing their underwear on the outside. These two best mates set out helping their friends with all sorts of tasks until they find themselves in a bit of a bind, and learn that being a hero doesn’t always require you to wear a cape.

Cosgrove tells the story using delightfully fun rhyming text that is so effective when reading aloud. The story has a great rhythm and pace and just sounds great. The book has amazing, bright, bold colours that pop off the page and there are plenty of familiar friends from previous books to spot on the pages.

For younger readers, this book would be great to begin discussions around helping out other people when they need assistance, and about making good choices. It’s also great to talk about the animals spotted on the pages, or even to make connections between what children already know about ‘superheroes.’

I will definitely continue to read the Macca books, especially while I’m working in the junior grades. They’re always instant favourites among five and six year olds!

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