Captain Courage and the World’s Most Shocking Secret is the second Captain Courage book by Stacey A. Marshall, illustrated by Michelle Morse. We again see Mr. Magico, Blythe Elementary School’s Principal, in his superhero costume with his “sparkly goggles” and his “rainbow fear-squishing shoes.” We follow him around the school meeting and encouraging students.
In this story, Mr. Magico shares with his wife, a teacher, and some students, his own personal fear. His fear is so great, it's been giving him crazy nightmares. Katie, a new student whom he helped overcome her own fears last year, is sworn to secrecy when he asks for her help. She agrees, though shocked by his revealing his deepest fear. Mr. Magico also enlists the help of a teacher, Mrs. Berrycastle, and swears her to secrecy, along with two other students. How many can keep this secret?
At the whole school talent show all will be revealed, but not as Mr. Magico might have wished. Mr. Magico and Katie are congratulating themselves backstage when there's a little hiccough with Katie's microphone still being on. Uh oh. Now the big secret is out! Sometimes some secrets just can't be kept. Katie's comments show how all the students feel about their courageous, superhero principal. (Right, still trying to keep the secret from you, too.)
Michelle Morse’s colorful and energetic illustrations put us squarely in the action. She did that so well – you will love the artwork. Kids will also love the cute turtle that hangs out in this story.
Stacey Marshall's second Captain Courage story is full of fun with many helpful pointers on overcoming such common fears as performance anxiety, stage "jitters, and shyness. It will be a good book for read-alouds and discussions. It also reminds us that our friends can help us if we would just reach out and ask them -- we don't have to go it alone.
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