- Taschenbuch: 394 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury UK (13. Juli 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9781408884539
- ISBN-13: 978-1408884539
- ASIN: 1408884534
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 8 - 10 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,6 x 19,8 cm
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Kid Normal 01 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Juli 2017
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An extraordinary tale about an ordinary boy in a world of heroes ... Kid Normal is a fast-paced, humorous adventure with likeable heroes and a suitably ridiculous, evil villain * Times Educational Supplement * So funny, it's almost criminal ... A fun and fast-paced read * Independent I * Outrageous capers ... Amusingly surreal super-powers and a trust yourself message combine to strong effect with Erica Salcedo's entertaining, huge-eyed images * Guardian * A superhero story with a twist * National Geographic Kids * Packed with very amusing asides, it's a fun and fast-paced read that will make James and Smith into children's heroes * Western Mail * Chock full of slapstick humour, outrageous characters and pop culture references. It mocks school pecking orders and will make all kids who have fallen foul of them feel much better about it. And somehow, it ties all the mania together in a credible and thrilling story * The Bookbag * A superlative adventure story that will resonate with children who like to read whacky, wild things * Books Monthly * This spoof superhero epic certainly delivers: deliciously dastardly villains, capes, tights and mild-mannered heroes. Yet it also explores familiar school anxieties that everyone else is smarter, stronger, better * BookTrust * A very promising start to a laugh-out-loud funny adventure series * Parents in Touch * Incredibly funny, witty and stuffed full of heart * Book Lover Jo *
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Greg James is a familiar voice and face on radio and TV. He's the host of BBC Radio 1's award-winning Drivetime show and presents the UK's Official Chart every Friday. On screen, Greg has hosted a variety of shows, most recently seen fronting BBC Children in Need. He is also the face of BT Sport's cricket coverage and in 2016 raised over a million pounds for Sport Relief by completing five triathlons in five cities in five days. Greg has no superpowers. In his spare time he enjoys the idea of having hobbies. But in reality, he's made all of them into work. Chris Smith is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who delivers the news to millions of people every day as the presenter of Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1. Chris enjoyed a previous, glittering, literary career as the winner of the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition 1981 (under tens category) with his tale `Where Are the Brandy Snaps?'. Chris has no superpowers either, although he enjoys pretending his cat Mabel can fly by picking her up and running around. Illustrator Erica Salcedo studied Fine Art at Castilla-La Mancha University, before going on to study for a masters in Graphic Design. She uses a mixture of techniques to create her illustrations - from hand-drawing to digital manipulation - and always remembers to add a pinch of humour. Wolfish Stew (Bloomsbury), written by Susie Moore, was Erica's first picture book. She lives in Cuenca, Spain.
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Our hero, Murph, ends up accidentally enrolled at a secret school for kids with special, super capabilities, (capes). Murph has no special cape and ends up with the dismissive nickname "Kid Normal". Here's where the book takes a huge zag. SPOILER, BUT A SMALL ONE - usually in books like this every other kid has a super duper cape and the hero is left alone, with maybe one unexpected friend. Not so here. In this book most of the kids have silly or useless capes, (one's teeth make noises, one can conjure two miniature horses, one can inflate a body part, and so on). Most of the kids are there in order to learn how to hide their worthless capes so they don't give away the secret that capes exist. What you end up with, then, is a strict pecking order with a few potential heroes at the top but everyone else trying to make the best with the cards they've been dealt.
You see where this can go. Murph, who has nothing, befriends lots of kids who have just a little bit more than nothing. You know that by the end Murph and his crew of zeroes will have a shot at being heroes. This is just so much more clever and fun than having Murph being the odd-man out loner. It allows for a wide range of characters to play big roles in the book, and it invites the reader to get invested in the progress and heroics of many different appealing kids. It's a group effort and all the kids in the group have their parts to play and bits about themselves to reveal.
All of this only works, though, if the authors can keep it all in the air, and these two do. As is often the case, there is a chatty, arch and sometimes silly narrator who tells the story in an engaging, but sometimes ironic, manner that is particularly inviting for a young reader. A lot of sly humor gets tucked into the narration, and adults, older readers, and quick studies will probably appreciate that. Murph is the classic deadpan hero who keeps his composure no matter how oddly things are falling apart around him. His dry and deadpan responses to the nuttiness put the whole story into relief and add a reliable and amiable frame. The rest of the zeroes are a fine mix of kid types, and each one gets some good lines.
On top of this the action bits are first rate and rather suspenseful for a silly book. The villains are in the dumb, oblivious mold, but that works for this sort of story. In that reliable Dahl/Walliams style, adults are either idiots or possessed of hearts of gold, and as you might imagine that's also just right for this book. Finally, the illustrations are crisp, amusing, and likely to aid younger readers in appreciating what's going on, which is a nice touch.
So, for me, this was just top drawer across the board and most entertaining. This is a huge recommend.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
A quirky superhero story. I loved the core group of kids. And the illustrations are fantastic - really added to the story. Some pretty typical features for a hero school - kids using powers to bully, teachers using position to belittle, weird villains created in science experiments gone wrong. There are some nice twists to the formula with the brains behind the villain and a potential traitor. Great message that anyone can be a hero. My only complaint is that it felt like the authors were trying too hard to be funny. Some techniques were more annoying than amusing to me. Most kids will roll with it, though, and probably think it's perfect.
Get this immediately.