Dex: The Heart of a Hero

Dex: The Heart of a Hero


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The national bestselling story about the underdog who comes out on top!

Little Dex has big dreams: he wants to be a superhero. So he reads all the comic books he can, builds his muscles, and even orders a hero costume. Once he has all the makings of a hero, Dex’s first mission is to save a tomcat in need of help. However, the cat is a classic bully who teases Dex about his size.

Will Dex learn that a hero is not defined by the strength of his muscles but by the trueness of his heart?

Husband and wife Caralyn and Mark Buehner tag-team to create a fun and modern superhero tale with a real comic book feel, askin to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker and Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti.

Dexter has determination, spirit, and heart as he proves, above all, that no matter how little you are, you can still do very big things.

And don’t miss the companion story, Superdog: The Heart of a Hero!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064438452
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/22/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 208,213
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Caralyn and Mark Buehner have created many charming children's books together, including Snowmen at Night, The Escape of Marvin the Ape, and Fanny's Dream. In addition to the books they have done together, Caralyn has written I Want to Say I Love You, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers, and Mark has illustrated many beautiful books for children, including Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck and Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolan. The husband-and-wife team live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their seven children and their superdog, Carmy.

Marl Buehner has six little pilgrims of his own in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lives with his wife, Caralyn, and their children: Heidi, Grant, Sarah, Samuel, Laura, and Jake. Mark has illustrated many wonderful children's books, including I Am the Cat by Alice Schertle and Harvy Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen.

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Dex: The Heart of a Hero 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, a big-hearted dog named Dexter transforms himself into a superhero.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a little old for Jake right now, but Dex reminds us of our dachshund Scrappy. Dex is a bit of an underdog, who decides he's going to be a super dog. Very fun!
cmiersma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a little wiener dog named Dex is teased and taunted by other bigger animals, he desires to be big and strong. So he trains to become a hero for his town. When Dex is called to save a cat that has been the meanest to him, the cat realizes that he has been wrong in teasing Dex. After Dex rescues the cat, the cat decides he too wants to train with Dex and become a hero. This book is a good example of a fantasy because it involves characters that are not normally able to talk in real life. Dex and the rest of the animals talk and express emotions. A teacher could use this book in a classroom to show kids that they can be heroes by expressing kindness and being helpful to those that are in need of help, even to those who are not kind to us. A teacher could explain that everyone can be a hero by the way they behave and act towards others. The plot in this book contains all elements of literature. It contains a problem (Dex being small), and conflict (the other animals teasing Dex for his size), and a resolution (Dex saves the day and the other animals then show him respect). Media: Oil Paints
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite children's book!! I love this book. I cannot say enough good things about this book. The main character, Dex is so lovable. The story is great. My kids love this book. I love that there are many lessons in this book to discuss with your kids. For instance, Dex gets teases by a big tom cat yet he never stoops to the cat's level. He always acts with integrity. He has a dream and works hard to achieve his dream. I just plain love this book!
Victorianne More than 1 year ago
Loved the message of determination in this book. The moral is if you work hard for what you want, you get results. The illustrations are colorfully wonderful helping the reader to imagine Dex in his neighborhood. In addition, there is an element of fitness in this book. This issue is all too real. Children are inactive and as a result are overweight. Hopefully this book encourages children to be like Dex and to get fit!
ReneeK1 More than 1 year ago
My five year old loves this book. It reminds him of superman and his (much larger) dogs. He gets excited as Dex works out, grows big, strong and confident. We have taken it out, put it away and brought it back out again. My son asks for this book over and over again. He is waiting for another with Cleevis the Cat and Dex the Hero to team up. Great book. Wonderful animation, keeps his attention and "guaranteed to put a smile on your child's face"!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This delightfully written tale of an underling who decides to reach for his dreams is a lovely story. Lessons of determination, self motivation and forgiveness are all taught without being self righteous. My six year old twins both loved the book.