a review by Nalini Haynes
Grover takes his cape into the laundromat to have it cleaned, and desperately wants to swing into action as a superhero while he is waiting. Eventually Grover goes out and makes himself a new superhero costume – Iron Monster. Grover then goes to help people with his usual effectiveness, comedy and some counting.
A number of other vignettes are included, with other Sesame Street characters getting into the superhero game. For example, Telly and his friends go in search of another to make up the Furry Four. Slimy wants to be a superhero so Oscar helps him out with a costume.
When I was little I loved Sesame Street. My grandmother still talks about how, when I lived with her, she used to have to threaten to turn off the TV so I would actually eat my breakfast before it was time to go to school. My kids also grew up with Sesame Street, which is how they learnt their letters and numbers. Thanks to Sesame Street, my son learnt to read when he was 4. The Sesame Street numbers PC game was my son’s first ever computer game when he was 2 years old, and was how he learnt to use a mouse. It was fun to watch Sesame Street again after so long, to see the changes that have been made and to see old favourites including Grover, Cookie Monster, Bert, Oscar and Maria.
This is high quality educational TV with an added layer of entertainment for the adults. I highly recommend Sesame Street for all littlies, their parents, grandparents and carers.
This article was previously published in Dark Matter issue 3, April 2011, and predated on this website to reflect the original publication date.