Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith

Posted July 17, 2018 by shooting in Book Review / 24 Comments

Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith, illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official Summary (add on Goodreads): When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth.

And it’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It’s because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever.

But just because you don’t have superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t save the day. Let’s hope Murph realises that, and quick – because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans .

It’s time for Kid Normal to become a hero!

Review: This was a really fun middle grade book! It’s all about a boy named Murph who mistakenly ends up at a school for superheroes…but he doesn’t have any powers. I loved the idea of a “normal” kid being able to stand his own and realize that he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero, or you know, just a good person.

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Murph is a really enjoyable character and easy to relate to. He’s moved around a lot because of his mom’s jobs, which means it’s difficult for him to really make friends as he only ends up leaving them. Now that he’s at The School (yes, capitalization needed), he’s found a group of kids he’s desperate to stay in touch with. I loved all of Murph’s friends and their powers – none of them seem terribly exciting or useful, but as Kid Normal goes on, readers realize that they are just as handy as super strength or speed (yes, even being able to “conjure” two mini horses!)

Kid Normal is an amusing book too, so it would make a perfect story to read aloud! I loved all the fun illustrations throughout the book, done by Erica Salcedo. This is just the first book in a series so I’d definitely be curious to see what Murph and the gang get up to next!

24 responses to “Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith

  1. I like the overall theme of this book…that you don’t have to be a superhero to save the day. My 11 yoa granddaughter would like this book, I bet.

  2. Aw, this sounds so cute! I really feel like I need to read more middle grade novels because they can bring some lightness into my reading. As soon as I read the blurb and your review, this story reminded me of the movie Sky High! I absolutely loved that film when I was a teen, haha. My friends and I watched it every time we got together for a sleepover 😛 Lovely review, Lauren! I hope you like the rest of the series 😀

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