Heidi Dredge (text), Melissa Bailey (illus), Liam the Superhero (The Cochlear Kids #1), Vivid Publishing, Nov 2015, 28pp., $19.95 (pbk) ISBN 9781925341508
Author Heidi Dredge draws on her experience as the mother of a child with a cochlear implant to apprise young readers of hearing loss and cochlear implant remediation. In rhyming verse she introduces little Liam who enjoys dressing up as a comic book hero and playing with his friends. However, he ‘already has an extra special power … Liam has cochlear implants.’ The story then illustrates and describes the device and its role in Liam’s daily activity. His disability is significantly reduced by the implant thus enabling him to have a relatively normal life ‘so thankful for all the sounds he hears.’ For any child facing the prospect of cochlear implants Liam the Superhero is undoubtedly a very reassuring and inspirational book. It also is potentially helpful in informing friends and classmates of children with implants about the function of the devices.
Reviewed by Kevin Steinberger