Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Review: Superhero School - The Revenge of the Green Meanie by Alan MacDonald
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: May 8th, 2014
Stan Button had always dreamed of becoming a superhero. Then one day a letter arrives inviting him for an interview at the mysterious Mighty High School. To his amazement, Stan is offered a place - starting immediately. His superpower is 'non-conventional', as are those of his two new best friends, but lessons in supervillain-spotting and tight-wearing mean they are soon ready to defeat the evil Green Meanie. who might just be none other than Professor Von Hardbum, a teacher at their school.
The Revenge of the Green Meanie is the first book in Alan MacDonald's new Superhero School series. It's great fun from start to finish and is sure to be a hit with kids everywhere - after all, who doesn't want to be a real life superhero?!
The gist of the story is that Stan Button desperately wants to be a superhero but what he doesn't know is that he actually is one, complete with a pretty cool power and an invitation to go to Mighty High school. Stan and his new friends soon encounter the Green Meanie, the most evil, meanest of them all, and only they can stop him from taking over the world!
This book has come along at a fantastic time, just when superhero films are at their peak of popularity and everyone knows the ins and outs of Marvel and DC. It's funny, fast and fantastic, making it a great read for boys and girls alike. Stan and his friends make for an amusing, clumsy team, muddling through the best they can in their quest to stop the Green Meanie.
The Revenge of the Green Meanie is also fully illustrated by Nigel Baines, making it even more exciting (and funny) to read. As well as being a handbook for how to be a superhero, this book also shows the power of team work and friendship, and how important it is to trust your instincts. The world could literally depend on it!
I'm looking forward to more books in the Superhero School series and I hope they're as entertaining as this one. You'll definitely want to read this if you're an existing fan of the author's long-running Dirty Bertie series, or if you're just looking for an escapist read suitable for the 8+ audience. It's all fun and games at Mighty High!