Saturday, December 16, 2017

Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers! by Kent Clark and Brandon T. Snider -- OPTIONAL

Clark, Kent and Brandon T. Snider Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers! CHAPTER BOOK. Little, Brown & Company (Hachette), 2016. $15.99.

Peter Powers comes from a family of superheroes, but it's tough to get any respect when his only talent is, well, creating cute little ice cubes. In order to prove his worthiness, he goes after the city's newest foe: a bank-robbing villain named Captain Tornado. Naturally, things don't go according to plan. (What fun would it be otherwise?)

This is a cute, quick read, with frequent illustrations that add to the enjoyment. Fans of superhero stories will likely find it fun. Unfortunately, it's rather predictable, and the forced humor sometimes falls a bit flat. In addition, it's not particularly memorable or deep. With its large font and simple sentences, it feels as if it is aimed for younger readers, but Peter makes fun of his little sister for "only" being nine, which will alienate some in the nine-and-under range. Perhaps as a high-interest, low-level story for upper-grade readers who need to work on their skills a bit?

EL -- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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