Cape  Contributor(s): Johnson, Kevin (Author) , Thomas, Kitt (Illustrator)

Cape Contributor(s): Johnson, Kevin (Author) , Thomas, Kitt (Illustrator)

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A young child learns that even superheroes hurt too in this heartrending story about loss and love, written by debut author Kevin Johnson and illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Kitt Thomas.

When a child loses the person in his life that he loves more than anything, he uses his cape as protection from his grief. On the day of the funeral, he uses it to block out the pictures and stories people share, refusing to acknowledge the memories that keep bubbling up. He won't think about them. He doesn't want to.


He avoids the memories, until he no longer can.


He remembers then. Their laugh, their smile, the moment they gave him the cape. The cape transforms, becoming a source of comfort and strength as the child navigates the sadness and joy that these memories bring up.


In Cape, Kevin Johnson has crafted an achingly beautiful and honest story about processing and redefining grief after the loss of a loved one. With evocative illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Kitt Thomas ( Stacey's Extraordinary Words), Cape is a powerful, unforgettable, and necessary story.



Review Citations:

  • School Library Journal 04/01/2023 pg. 121 (EAN 9781250840509, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2023 (EAN 9781250840509, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly 05/01/2023 (EAN 9781250840509, Hardcover)
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2023 (EAN 9781250840509, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2023 pg. 93 (EAN 9781250840509, Hardcover)