Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018
“I know it’s going to take a while to settle in,” Murph’s mum told them both, “but just you wait, boys. You’ll have a great time in the end, I promise. We’re going to make the best of things here. It’s going to be…” she paused, searching for the right word, and though Murph didn’t realise it at the time, she found the perfect one. “It’s going to be… super.”
When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth.
And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are.
It's because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake!
And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don't have superpowers, it doesn't mean you can't save the day.
Let's hope Murph realises that, and quick - because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans ... It's time for Kid Normal to become a hero!
British BBC Radio 1 DJ’s Greg James and Chris Smith came up with the idea of writing a book together after they started inventing characters as part of their weekly podcast. Having had great fun coming up with fantastic characters such as the Butter Monster (and his seasonal partner in crime the Brandy Butter Monster) they decided to turn their ideas into a book and together wrote Kid Normal. The next book in the series, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes is published on 22 March 2018 and is available to pre-order now.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 321 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'So funny it's almost criminal' - The Independent
'Amusingly surreal super-powers and a trust yourself message combine to strong effect with Erica Salcedo's entertaining, huge-eyed images' - Guardian
'Chock full of slapstick humour, outrageous characters and pop culture references. It mocks school pecking orders and will make all kids who have fallen foul of them feel much better about it. And somehow, it ties all the mania together in a credible and thrilling story in which young anti-superheroes vanquish an evil villain, despite their lack of superpowers.' - The Bookbag, Jill Murphy
'A superlative adventure story that will resonate with children who like to read whacky, wild things.' - Books Monthly
'This spoof superhero epic certainly delivers: deliciously dastardly villains, capes, tights and mild-mannered heroes. Yet it also explores familiar school anxieties that everyone else is smarter, stronger, better. Here, even Kid Normal has superpowers!' - BookTrust
'A very promising start to a laugh-out-loud funny adventure series' - Parents in Touch
'Incredibly funny, witty and stuffed full of heart' - Book Lover Jo
'Packed with very amusing asides, it's a fun and fast-paced read' - Western Mail
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