Kid Normal and the Super Zeroes are back and — in my opinion — with an even more sophisticated adventure than in the first book by Greg James and Chris Smith.
Whilst the debut novel of Greg James and Chris Smith focused on Murph Cooper becoming Kid Normal and facing an evil but at the same time somehow ridiculous and dumb villain, this book’s baddie Magpie is seriously malevolent.
The book continues to tell the story of the superhero without any superpower and his cap(e)able friends. Since Kid Normal and the Super Zeroes have joined the Heroes Alliance they have been facing some challenges. But their biggest (so far, there are more sequels on the way) is yet to come. As the blurb says: “Far away in a top-secret prison, the world’s most feared supervillain has broken a thirty-year silence. His first words? ‘Bring Kid Normal to me!'”
Sounds thrilling? Let me tell you — it is!
I won’t tell much more about the story as I don’t want to spoil anything. But there will be a comeback by the Blue Phantom and some more of the characters appearing in the first novel. Hence make sure to read that first. The story takes the readers back to The School. The Super Zeroes will have to face the struggles of being the outsiders at school as well as a rogue hero. And they will be brilliant. I reckon that’s all you need to know.
If your thoughts right now are “but this is a story for kids, I’m an adult and not meant to read it”, here’s the thing: One is never too old for a cute story. And the authors know that adults might read it as well which is shown by my kind of favourite quote from the book:
“If you are now wondering, «Was there an overhead projector?» then a) yes there was and b) you’re a grown-up. Busted!”
It isn’t my favourite quote regarding the story (I can’t give you that one, it’s a spoiler) but it’s the one that shows the unique element of this book: The storytelling. Greg James and Chris Smith have managed to continue to narrate in their unique style. There are parts when the reader is addressed directly by the narrators. It seems a bit odd at first but it grows on you quite fast, as it makes you feel like they’re sitting right next to you telling you the story. And it’s also great if you’re reading the story out loud to children. The unique storytelling is topped off with unusual and creative comparisons (e.g. “[they] were hot on their heels like a pair of insulated socks with innovative heel-warming pads built in” or “[it] would be an understatement the size of a medium-to-large rhinoceros”).
So, if you’re searching for something to read to your kids or an entertaining, cute and yet thrilling story to read for yourself, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes is a great choice.
You can order Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes online (Amazon.de||Amazon.co.uk) or if you’re in the UK you can also buy it in your local bookstore. And if you haven’t read the first book, you can read my review on Kid Normal here and get the book online (Kid Normal on Amazon.de||Kid Normal on Amazon.co.uk) or in a bookshop as well.