Review! Superfail by Max Brunner

Written by Max Brunner
Illustrated by Dustin MacKay
208 pages – ages 8+
Published by Running Press Kids on November 14, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher-Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Big Hero Six when a group of young but defective superheroes attempt to save the day!

Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.

Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.”

What I Thought- This was one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a while – while the idea almost reminds me of the movie “Sky High” – the plot is different, and the characters are absolutely hilarious. The story is fun to follow as we watch the main characters come so close to succeeding (and, ultimately, falling short) that we have to keep trailing along, seeing them mess things up in the best possible way. There is some gross humor involved, but nothing that kids wouldn’t love to read about. The book is set up really neat, with part of the book told in prose, and the other told in a comic book format. It’s really fun to read. Reluctant readers would really enjoy this book, and I think Superfail is a great bridge between comic books and prose novels. Brunner and MacKay have a good thing going for them with this hysterical book, and I hope they follow it up with a sequel!

I give this book five out of five bookworms! 

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+, Comics / Graphic Novels

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2 replies

  1. You had me at “radioactive peanut allergy.” This looks hilarious.

  2. This sounds like fun. My students love graphic novels and this sounds like it would be a hit. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much.

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