Kids love My Brother is a Superhero – a well-worn kids book is a great sign

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons
Nosy Crow, 2015. Pages: 320.
Genres: Children’s fiction / Action & Adventure /Humour
We rate it: (4.5 / 5)

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“Luke’s in his tree house with his older brother, Zack, but he needs a wee. When he gets back, his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother has been given superpowers and told to save not one, but two, universes.”

My Brother is a Superhero is a book that comes highly recommended from our household. You can tell how highly by how shabby our copy is. The spine is creased, there is wear and tear around the edges of the cover. The cover is actually coming lose from the spine. The book is well-loved and has been well read, several times over. If you like to see pristine books look away…

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Reading recommendation for superhero kids

My son (nicknamed Toothy) first read My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons about two years ago. Since then Solomons has added two sequels to the story of Luke Parker and his older brother. My Brother is a Superhero is the kind of book that kids will enjoy going back to and reading over and again, especially after reading the sequels. Toothy enjoyed looking back, re-reading over and over, and finding references to the events of the sequels in the first book.

Superhero sibling

The title lays out the premise of the book. Luke is a huge superhero fan and narrates the story from his point of view. His older brother Zack is a superhero. An alien, Zorbon the Decider has gifted Zack with heroic powers. Younger brothers and sisters may find the book particularly relatable if they have ever felt like they live in the shadow of their older siblings. Girls and boys who love comic books and all kinds of superheroes will also love My Brother is a Superhero. The book frequently references well-known heroes and science fiction tropes. It is particularly rewarding for young readers who pride themselves in knowing their superhero lore and legends.

The humour of the book means it’s a great way in to fiction for reluctant readers, it’s an amusing book for kids to take turns reading with an adult.

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As Zack – aka Star Lad – learns how to cope with his powers, Luke keeps his brother’s secret identity safe. But when the mysterious threat of Nemesis looms over the earth and Zack goes missing he must reveal his brother’s secret to his friends Lara and Serge.

Having read this alongside Toothy, my only reservation as a parent is the occasional assumption that being interested in superheroes is mostly a boys world. I know many young heroines who love superheroes just as much as boys do. However the final scene of the book provides hope that superpowers are for girls too!

Despite this reservation, this is a great book. It’s funny and gripping as Luke and his friends persevere in saving the world despite not having superpowers themselves. The book is able to keep up a witty and engaging pace even when it deals with the sad and frightening prospect of the end of civilisation!

Age range

Toothy first read this aged 8, but he is getting more out of it a few years later, especially as he has been gaining more nerdy knowledge of heroes and can reel off endless facts about Spider-Man, Iron Man etc.

Depending on readers interests and needs this book should be great for kids from 8-12.

If your children like this…

Young fans of heroes and villains will also love books full of hero facts like those features in our Marvel gift guide. Check it out here.

Happy reading! Whose your favourite (or even your kid’s favourite!) superhero? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angela

Angela is a Mum who has had plenty of experience of worrying about reading! When she is in the mood for serious reading she loves dystopian and speculative fiction including the works of David Mitchell and Margaret Atwood. But secretly Angela enjoys borrowing all her son's books and shares his love for middle grade fiction, especially fantasy. She has a background in education & publishing and believes all children - no matter what holds them back or where their interests lie - can enjoy wonderful story-telling. Angela has created this blog to provide a resource for families to find great books for the whole family - parents included!

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