Batman's Dark Secret

by Kelley Puckett, Illustrated By Jon J Muth

Scholastic Press
January 2016

Ages 5 – 7 . Grades Kindergarten – 2

Library of Congress: 2015026197

Lexile measure: 470L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L

Batman's Dark Secret is an inspiring story of how a young child overcame his fear of the dark and became a crime-fighting superhero.

One day, a lonely orphan named Bruce Wayne finds himself in a dangerous situation. He defends himself against a monster bat--and he wins. From that time on, he is determined to fight evil. He becomes ... Batman!

In advance of the new Batman movie coming out in March 2016 comes a beautifully illustrated hardcover version of Batman's Dark Secret! The cover features a new illustration by Caldecott Honor winner Jon J Muth!
Kelley Puckett

Kelley Puckett is a comic book writer. He has written for The Batman Adventures, Batgirl, and Supergirl series.
Jon J Muth

Jon J Muth, renowned in the world of graphic novels, won an Eisner Award for his paintings in the graphic novel, The Mystery Play by Grant Morrison. He’s partnered with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Wake, Walter and Louise Simonson on Havoc & Wolverine: Meltdown, and J. M. DeMatteis on Moonshadow and Silver Surfer. His enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and four companion books featuring Stillwater the Panda. His book The Three Questions, based on a short story by Tolstoy, was called "quietly life-changing" by the New York Times Book Review. And the Horn Book called Jon's Stone Soup "delicious and satisfying." His exquisitely beautiful books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Jon lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.


  • Praise for Hi, Koo!:
    * "It's a joyous addendum to the Stillwater books, and it overflows with the same
    characteristic tenderness." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
    * "Yields huge effect; in a word, magical." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    "Even readers who are not typically interested in poetry will be captivated by Muth's
    artistry in both words and images." --School Library Journal

    Praise for Zen Shorts:
    A Caldecott Honor Book
    "Appealing enough for a group read-aloud, but also begging to be shared and
    discussed by caregiver and child, Zen Shorts is a notable achievement." -
    -School Library Journal

    Praise for Zen Ghosts:
    * "This tale should captivate thoughtful readers, as Muth's watercolors convey a world of infinite possibility and gentle enchantment." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545867559

32pp. | 8 x 11