Parents' Guide to

Almost Super

By Blair Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Superheroes vs. supervillains in super-funny tale.

Book Marion Jensen Humor 2014
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Almost Super is a comical story that will no doubt remind some readers of the animated film The Incredibles. It's narrated by 13-year-old would-be superhero Rafter Bailey, and first-time author Marion Jensen does an outstanding job getting the reader into the head of his noble but insecure teen protagonist. The book veers smoothly back and forth between silly situations and genuinely exciting action, but the overall tone is light and nonthreatening. Rafter's matter-of-fact descriptions of his eccentric family members and their powers are a hoot, and he unravels the mysteries at the core of the story in a funny, lively, engrossing way. It should be a relatively easy read for most kids. If there's a downside, it's that the story's not completely resolved by the end of the book, so there better be a sequel!

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