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This review was first published on: May 2014.

Background...

We're seeing plenty of these "Phonics" and "Sight Words" book sets come out these days. I've found four Marvel/Spider-Man sets already, and there's probably more to come. As with all the other packs, there are 12 slim, staple-bound books in a cardboard box.

This particular set is from Scholastic Australia, and seems to be marketed in the NZ/Australia/Asia region only. I would have thought that marketing in the United States would have been an obvious move. I presume there are legal/copyright reasons why this product is so restricted in its distribution.

In Detail...

"Meet The Super Hero Squad (Is - That - Them - There)"
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #1
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #2
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
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Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #3
Mar 2014 : No Spider-Man
Summary: No Spider-Man
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #4
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #5
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
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Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #6
Mar 2014 : No Spider-Man
Summary: No Spider-Man
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #7
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #8
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #9
Mar 2014 : No Spider-Man
Summary: No Spider-Man
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words #10
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words Workbook #1
Mar 2014 : No Spider-Man
Summary: No Spider-Man
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words Workbook #2
Mar 2014 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Publisher:  Scholastic Australia, Inc.
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 Contained In: Marvel Super Hero Squad: Sight Words (Boxed Set)

Each book is a sizeable 5.5" x 7.5" format — noticeably larger in format than the earlier versions I have seen. The actual page count is the same though, at twelve pages per book.

There are ten "sight word" books. Each tells a simple story featuring the "Marvel Super Hero Squad" characters. Within that story, four simple words are identified and used repeatedly, providing sight-word reading practice on common short words.

Each double-page typically features a full-page illustration, and a few short sentences making up 20-30 words. The illustrations are well-drawn, rich in colour and surprisingly detailed.

There are also two "Workbooks", which essentially contain simple puzzles and word games. Spider-Man appears in most of the "sight word" books, and also in the second workbook.

In General...

I'm not particularly a fan of the "Super Hero Squad" material. I find it facile and formulaic. But to be fair, those attributes aren't quite as offensive in Sight Word/Phonic books as they are in other settings.

Overall Rating...

These books exist for a specific purpose, and they fulfil that role well. This box is reasonably priced, and overall this is a sound product.

Three and a half webs.