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My Brother Is a Superhero Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings
ISBN:0147516056
LANGUAGE:English

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This is a deserved winner of the Waterstones Book Prize for middle grade readers. It's great for all ages in fact, especially those of us nerds who love superheroes, supervillains and Star Wars as there are a plethora of references throughout. And, there is humour on every page.

Comic book fanatic Luke goes for a wee and misses the chance to be endowed with superpowers to save two universes. Yes, two universes. And to make matters worse, his nerdy goody-two-shoes and never-read-a-comic in his life older brother, Zack, gets the honour. Luke is gutted! He's then on a mission to make sure Zack becomes a proper cape and is in fit shape to foil Nemesis. Luke's friends Serge and Lara Lee are wonderful characters and their enthusiasm in helping Luke is entertaining and often funny.

What follows is a great story about family, friendships and sibling rivalry... and superpowers. Despite their bickering and differences the brothers are loyal when the going gets tough, especially when a cataclysmic event is on the horizon.

I don't think I've ever laughed so much while reading a middle grade book because it's so easy to relate to these characters. And of course I'm many, many light years away from the reading demographic it's aimed at. I'll be looking out for more from this author in future and I'll be recommending this one, a lot.

Loved it!
" said.

"A fantastic superhero story pitched at confident readers in primary school, it uses superhero conventions cleverly and is very, very funny.

A huge comic fan, Luke is more than a little stunned when he gets back to his treehouse after a quick loo break to find aliens have given his older homework-loving brother superpowers while he's been gone. And his brother doesn't even LIKE comics!! ZACK is destined to save the world? Zack who doesn't even want a cape?! Luke decides he'll take his brother's burgeoning celebrity and hand and make sure it's done properly.

Using his encyclopaedic knowledge of costumes, names and powers, Luke guides his clueless brother through his first superhero rescue... and looks around for the inevitable but hidden supervillain - just who is Nemesis and what do they want? Can Luke ensure his brother knows everything he needs to save the day?

A great take on the superhero genre. Like a recent teenage read, Othergirl (the best friend of a superhero), this looks at those close to those with powers and how it affects them. Their story can be just as exciting, and in this case, it's Luke who's the real start of the story and who proves invaluable without super powers. Gives hope to everyone really.

I was interested to read that Solomons is the husband of another admired author I enjoy - Natasha Solomons. Two authors that appeal to different aspects of my reading life. And this one is great for primary children (would make a great class read with short chapters, no real violence and characters to appeal to both genders).

A sidekick himself, Luke unexpectedly gets his own, in a girl who doesn't quite grasp language convention all the time and is just as clueless as Zack when it comes to superheroes. The supervillain of the piece was fairly obvious to me, though the motivation was not. Like a popular Pixar film, the villain is convincing as a real personailty and not too overly a 'Dr Evil' stereotype. Great secret lair though!

Liked the idea of aliens endowing powers, makes a change from spiders and radioactivity, and the ending is just perfect. Made me laugh out loud. Can't wait for my four-year-old to be a little older and ready to read this with me!

A wonderfully entertaining read, with a lot of superhero conventions thrown in that fans will enjoy. And one I'd LOVE to see made into a film. Good for ages 8 to 11.

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"I've had my eye on this for a while; this debut from David Solomons which is steadily racking up some very big award wins, and upon finding it in the library I leapt upon it with eager hands. I possibly shrieked a little, because this is a vibrant and deliciously packaged book, with a front cover that is a statement of intent if ever I saw one.

It's a lovely story, this, one which recognises the key tropes of the superhero novel and respects them and understands them. There's something to be said for trusting the tropes of the genre; a trope is a trope because it works. And whilst there is a space for novels to break these dominant themes, these recurrent motifs, I don't think you can do so without understanding what it is that you're breaking. To defy the limits of something means understanding what those limits are. I'm not sure I'm being particularly clear about this, so let me give you a quick example. The princess needing rescue by a prince That's a trope. A tired one, but a trope nonetheless. The princess rescuing the princess, now that's interesting.

My Brother Is A Superhero is a story of superpowers. Luke and Zach are brothers, and one day, when Luke needs to go for a wee, he manages to miss Zach being given superpowers. Zach is destined to save Earth from the mysterious Nemesis, whilst Luke is pretty much going to have to come to terms with the fact that his brother has ended up with the superpowers and not him. Luke knows his comics. He also knows that if Zach is going to be a superhero, he should pretty definitely have a cloak. It's what they do.

It's little moments like this that position My Brother Is A Superhero very firmly in its genre; it is a book about superheros and comics, and it gets that and it has fun with that. God, does this book has fun. It's sparked throughout with injokes and witticisms and puns and it's just an exuberant joy. Solomons handles his characters deftly, and smartly, and quickly. This is a book that revels in what it is and through that sense of fun and exuberances manages to bring something new to an oft-explored genre.

Now, just who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman?
" said.

" This is a good book about superheros and slightly different tasty sponge cake. " said.

"This book is really good MG. It's marketed towards boys, but girls (like me, lol) can enjoy it just as much as well. Still, if you have boys around the 10-13 age in your house, I suggest that you whip the disgusting Diary of A Wimpy Kid (or more likely tablet) out of their hands and replace it with this. It’s a fun, well written, adventure that also has some great themes like friendship and (cliched enough) true heroism and justice beneath (yes, you have to deal with subtext) (that was an in joke that you will understand after reading) (sorry about the parentheses.
There are a lot of things in My Brother is a Superhero to love. Some examples: Cool illustrations. Flip Art (Okay, I read an ARC which said “flip art to come”, but still) Toilet humour (not inappropriate though) Lines like “I’m afraid you’ve caught puberty” . Luke’s two hilarious sidekicks/friends. A millionaire playboy. Evil experiments. Robot plate racks. Explosions. Comic book shops. And, of course… super powers. All of these many fabulous elements are strung together with fast paced, exciting writing with a great voice. What’s not to like? The plot is sort of split. on one hand, there is the mission to defeat ultimate evil that Star Lad and Luke have to do. On the other hand there are Luke’s friends and jealousy which he’s dealing with.
There’s so much adventure in this novel. It’s not really science fiction. Sure there’s Zorbon the Decider and an alternate universe where sponge cake tastes different and superpowers and radiation and asteroids, but the main point is this awesome dude who’s a little bit full of himself going around South London and saving people with hi powers, with his small brother and his friends on his heel, guiding him at all turns. I actually really liked the twist that the narrator didn’t have superpowers, but had the superpower expertise (and the ending makes it doubly awesome) Luke’s role in the plot is pretty awesome. I liked him and could see his point of view, but to be honest I didn’t really emotionally connect with him. Which is okay, because I don’t think that that was the purpose of the book.
There are some themes lurking beneath all the funtimes in My Brother is a Superhero. ONe main one is jealousy. Luke is jealous of his brother, which is fair enough. He really struggles with the power differential between him and his brother. I like how that element continued-- it added depth to the book, and jealousy over an older (or younger or twin) sibling has happened to most kids. I also liked how he made friends with Lara --with Serge, they were a great team, and their antics all part of the lighthearted atmosphere of the book. He has to overcome his prejudice of Lara a bit, which is cool. Even the villain has a depth to him, and Lukes empathy with the villain was particularly powerful.
My Brother is a Superhero is escapism: fun, fast, and funny with some ballast in the form of common themes.
" said.

" Bolton Book Awards-I am reading all the books from the Bolton Book Awards Shortlisted books! " said.

" Poorly written, but very funny! " said.

" This book took me forever to finish so it gets the just okay rating because I didn't hate it. " said.

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