THE INCREDIBLE EXPLODING KID by Marcus Emerson

THE INCREDIBLE EXPLODING KID

From the "Super Life of Ben Braver" series, volume 2
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ben Braver can’t shake his fear that something really bad will happen this year: “That’s how sequels work.”

Ben saved Kepler Academy from a mind-controlling supervillain in series opener The Super Life of Ben Braver (2017), but trouble continues to follow him in his second year at the school for kids with superpowers. In addition to lingering nightmares of last year’s horrors, Ben has to deal with a fan club, some “King Kong–size changes” at school, the mystery of the secret 15th student of the school’s inaugural class, the ever present possibility that he’ll be outed as a phony, and a growing sense that something big is happening. Readers should definitely start with the first book in the series, as many of the plotlines build on previously introduced characters and events. In-line comics, together with Ben’s hilarious asides and moments of pure absurdity (see: a jealous, lightsaber-wielding peanut butter cup), will appeal to many, although some casually pejorative language may detract others. While wary readers will anticipate the identity of this installment’s bad guy, clues cleverly dropped along the way will still have budding sleuths eagerly rereading to pick up each thread. The black-and-white illustrations show characters with a variety of grayscale skin tones, but most of the characters, including black-haired Ben and the majority of the adults, have paper-white skin.

Another entertaining outing for those already onboard. (Graphic/adventure hybrid. 7-12)

Pub Date: March 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-62672-711-3
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2019




MORE BY MARCUS EMERSON

ChildrenTHE SUPER LIFE OF BEN BRAVER by Marcus Emerson
by Marcus Emerson
ChildrenRECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
by Marcus Emerson
ChildrenRECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
by Marcus Emerson

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE LEAGUE OF UNEXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN by Gitty Daneshvari
by Gitty Daneshvari
ChildrenTHE ZERO DEGREE ZOMBIE ZONE by Patrik Henry Bass
by Patrik Henry Bass