Book Review: Peter Powers (MG)

I received this book for free from the publisher at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Peter Powers (Peter Powers #1) by Kent Clark

Published on October 11, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
Everyone in Peter Powers’ family has super awesome superpowers. His dad controls fire with his mind, and his mom can fly. His big brother makes copies of himself, and his little sister is super-strong. And his baby brother even turns invisible! But all Peter can do is–this is really embarrassing–make ice cubes with his fingertips. 

When Captain Tornado comes to town and begins robbing banks, will Peter Powers and his totally lame abilities step up to save the day–or will he get cold feet? Join Peter Powers and his fantastic family for their first action-packed and fun-filled adventure to find out!

Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers is the first in a new chapter book series of exciting stories about a young boy who has the worst superpower ever. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence.

My Review:
This book is really fun. Peter Powers is part of a family of super heroes. His mother can fly, his brother can multiply, his father can control fire, etc. But Peter has a seriously lame power; he can produce ice cubes from his hands. He wants desperately to be a super hero, to earn the respect of his siblings, and to catch a bad guy. At the advice of his grandfather, Peter tracks down Captain Tornado and tries to take him down single handedly.

Written in 1st person in Peter’s voice, this story is funny. I loved Peter’s tone. And kids will love the potty humor. The commentary on the mother was really amusing to me as well. The adults in this story were great. As were Peter’s two best friend.

I read this book aloud to my 6 year old, and we both enjoyed it. Children ages 8-10 would have no problem reading this book on their own. Each chapter ends on a mini-cliff hanger, so it’s super compelling. My son kept asking for one more chapter, and we finished the book in 4 nights. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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