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I am copying my review from book 2 because it basically is the same for all the books in the series. My son started this series recently and loves it. He is 9 and had been reading on his own since he was 4. 5/5. However he has never really taken to reading a full chapter book for himself. He loves reading and being read to. But something seemed overwhelming to him about picking up a chapter book himself. We homeschool and have a great home library of all kinds of books. However I found Ordinary Boy in hardback at our thrift store one day and it sat on the shelf for a good bit. Maybe 6 months or 8. He finally noticed it and started reading it and after that he just took off. He couldn’t put it down. So I have since bought the other two books in the series and read the 2nd one in a matter of a few days and already onto the third. The books are about a boy who lives in Superopolis where everyone has super powers except for Ordinary Boy of course. But there are villains like Professor Brain drain and good guys like the League of Ultimate Goodness and Amazing Indestructo. I was going to try to give a bit of an explanation of the plot but I think its best to just let your kid try it out. I am certain they will love it. It is so fun and enjoyable!There are a few illustrations scattered throughout as well as little pages out of OB’s Li’l Hero’s Handbook about people, places and things in Superopolis. I love that there are lots of fun and big words in these stories. It is not a dumbed down book for kids like so many books these days that are absolute drivel. This is fun as well as teaching them wonderful vocabulary and exploring many new words and phrases. Some are made up like Superopolis and Oomphlifier and Indestructo. but there are words like cavalcade, accusingly, metamorphic, duplicates, suspiciously, brilliance, unconscious, enormous, Chrysanthemum, Principal Doppelganger, powerlessness, minuscule, positively humiliating and so on. So in all this is a wonderful series my son has enjoyed immensely. Check it out!
From School Library Journal Grade 4–7—Ordinary Boy (OB), the only resident of Superopolis who does not possess a superpower, stars again by solving the mystery of why the citizens are losing theirs. The ongoing conflict between good and evil thickens as Professor Brain-Drain, Comrade Crunch (aka the Red Menace), and the Amazing Indestructo plot to take over Superopolis. Ordinary Boy and his fellow Junior Leaguers discover the source of all the individual powers—potatoes that grow in the fertile soil created by the crash of a meteor years earlier. The local favorite food has long been Dr. Telomere’s potato chips, but they are now being rejected in favor of The Amazing Indestructo’s “Pseudo-Chips.” Through public rallies and television, Comrade Crunch uses his power of brainwashing to compel the people to buy the Pseudo-Chips, claiming they will strengthen their power. Boniface has cleverly interlaced bits and pieces of story lines from past novels with this one to expand his wacky world with enough history and political overtones to appeal to those readers savvy enough to understand the satire behind the silliness. Reluctant readers can enjoy the comic graphic-novel essence of the text as well as Gilpin’s humorous sketches. Whether viewed as an innovative political statement or a kid-appealing superhero manifesto, this novel shows that independent thought, appreciation of individual abilities, and good old brain power are all that are needed to be a hero.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
The Great Powers Outage (The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy) Paperback – January 19, 2010 by William Boniface (Author) Review
My grandson loved this book -Read Reviews-
Good plot, focusing on intelligence as a superpower. The importance of being a good friend is also a running theme. My 8 yo boy is very into this series! And as parents, there’s enough humor and interesting characters to make it a fun read with them.
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