Almost Super by Marion Jensen

I’m feeling a little purple today!

I’ve turned my blog purple too. Why? Today it epilepsy awareness day!

elilepsyPurple Day was founded by 8-year-old Cassidy Megan (she’s now 15). Epilepsy is a serious disease that affects about 50 millions people. Please show your support and help make people more aware of this disease. Please visit or the Purple Day  Facebook page HERE. Follow Purple Day on Twitter @PurpleDay

Now on to my review!

almostsuperAlmost Super

by Marion Jensen

256 pages – ages 8+

Published by HarperCollins on January 21, 2014

Every February 29th, members of the Bailey family (if you are legally part of the family (adopted, marriage, etc.), it counts too!) 12-years-old and older go through an amazing transformation. This year, at exactly 4:23PM (as always) on February 29th 13-year-old Rafter Bailey and his little brother, 12-year-old Benny Bailey will get their SUPER POWERS! You see the Baileys are a family of superheros. Rafter and Benny are excited to see what super powers they get. Will they fly like their dad? Be super-strong like grandpa? Have fire powers?!? When the time finally comes they receive AWESOME super powers! Well… not awesome… more like… umm, well, the powers are lame and pretty much useless.  Rafter can light matches on polyester and Benny can turn his innie belly button to an outie. How are Rafter and Benny supposed to help their family save the world from the evil family of supervillains,  the Johnsons, with these pathetic powers?!? When things look the worst, the boys find an unlikely ally and realize that together they really are heroes.

Books like this make me think I should change my rating system from number of bookworms to rating it as the number of times I get in trouble for reading the book when I’m supposed to be doing something else. I got yelled at, well, at least 6 times because I couldn’t put this book down. 🙂 I actually ended up hiding under the covers in my bed (when I was supposed to be asleep) using my alarm clock for light (my parents confiscated all my flashlights a while ago because of me reading way past my bedtime) to finish reading the book. It was that awesome.

Mr. Jensen has written a fun superhero story that has a different twist. The book is packed with lots of humor and written in a style that all ages can enjoy, especially fans of comics and superheroes. It is a great choice for young advanced readers who are looking for something more than a chapter book. Rafter is a great guy. You really understand how he feels. He’s surrounded by totally super family – his great-aunt (whose power is way less than it was when she was younger) has a stronger power than he does! Benny is a character you just hope succeeds. He’s the really nice guy and he keeps trying and trying. I ended up cheering for Benny. 🙂 The story also has a good message – Don’t draw conclusions based on rumors/gossip or what other people are telling you. People aren’t always what other people tell you they are. I really hope there is a book two, even though the story ended well. But, it’s sort of a cliff-hanger. Sort of.


Five out of five bookworms for this most certainly super book! fivebooks

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32 replies

  1. Sounds like a great book – I do love my super heroes!

  2. OH MY GOSH, Erik!!!!!!!!!! This purple blog brought tears to my eyes. Squeezing you so tight!!!! 🙂 Smiling big all today, too.

    I see I have another recommendation from you too. I giggled about the alarm clock and flashlights. Ahahahaha. Sounds great! I’ll tell you how I liked it after I read it.

    YOU’RE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. We love you, Erik!!! Thank you so very much for your support!! You have made such a GIANT difference in our family’s life. God bless you to the millionth degree!!
    Renn and the rest of the Telles gang

  4. Love that you supported Epilepsy and turned your blog purple today.

    I am laughing my head off at your book review — reading under your sheets with a alarm clock light… you may lose that too! Must be one great book. I chuckled as I read their super powers. Very funny.

  5. I’m reading this book right now – loving it so far. Not sure when I’ll be able to finish because I dropped my kindle and it only shows gibberish.

    Great to support epilepsy cures!

  6. Sounds and looks like a lot of fun!

  7. LOve the purple blog today, and it is always a great sign that you hope for a book two!

  8. I couldn’t remember how to turn mine purple. Great job, Erik. I like the sound of the book.

  9. Love what an awesome crusader you are, Erik! And I love the new rating idea, lol! (I did the alarm clock light under the covers trick a few times when I was a kid, too.) 🙂

  10. I love how you are sharing the AWARENESS! Great review, SuperKid! It makes me want to go out and buy it even though I’m not a big fan of Superhero books. It just sounds fun!

  11. This looks super!!! Excuse the pun. A different take on superheroes from the looks of it.

  12. So even the adopted can get super powers? What a great family of superheroes. I wonder if they’d adopt an adult? The book must be fantastic for you to revea you last source of light. You need a teddy bear with eyes that glow or ears that turn into book lights. If I find one . . .

  13. Awesome: ” It is a great choice for young advanced readers who are looking for something more than a chapter book.” I just requested it from the library. ~CM

  14. Oh well any book that makes you hide under the covers seems worth reading and finding in the library. Thank you for sharing your enthused response to this book. 🙂


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