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Clara Humble – Superhero or Super-nothing?

Book Review, Middle Grade
Clara Humble and the Not So Super Powers by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Lisa Cinar. Middle grade novel about a girl who thinks she has superpowers. This book is so funny! It's a good book to read aloud.

“I won’t lie to you. Strange things had been going on for a while, but I didn’t realize how truly exceptional I was until the day of the dancing alligator attack.” – Clara Humble

 

Clara Humble and the Not So Super Powers by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Lisa Cinar. Middle grade novel about a girl who thinks she has superpowers. This book is so funny! It's a good book to read aloud.

Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Lisa Cinar

Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 2 – 7 | Hardcover: 224 pages | Publisher: Owlkids Books (September 13, 2016)

 

About the Book

Clara Humble may seem like your average fourth-grader who doesn’t look before she leaps, but she has a secret: she thinks she might have superpowers. Which is convenient, because things aren’t going so well for Clara. Students from rival R. R. Reginald are moving into her school for the term, and Clara’s favorite neighbor, Momo, is moving to a faraway retirement home.

Together with her best friend, Bradley, the winsome and overconfident Clara becomes convinced that her knack for making liquids spill, overhearing her parents’ conversations, communicating with her pet chinchilla, and maybe even mind-controlling teachers could be used to put a stop to these injustices.

Told in Clara’s clever, funny, and strikingly authentic voice, this novel kicks off a new series by inviting readers into this memorable character’s inventive mind to share in her misadventures. Annotated with Clara’s comic sketches, it’s a fast-paced read with a spot-on perspective of life as a 10-year-old that kids will surely relate to.

 

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My Thoughts on Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers

Clara Humble and the Not So Super Powers by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Lisa Cinar. Middle grade novel about a girl who thinks she has superpowers. This book is so funny! It's a good book to read aloud.With all the new superhero books and movies coming out this year, I couldn’t wait to read this with my kids. It’s about a young girl who thinks she has superpowers. Her story is supplemented with comic panels she writes about a superhero cat.

When it comes to everyday superheroes, Clara Humble shows a lot of promise. She wakes up at 7:14 AM every day. Without an alarm clock. She might even have mind control powers and the ability to spill liquids on command.

My kids loved reading about Clara and her not-so-super adventures. They quickly got lost in the story and always asked for one more chapter.

Personally, I loved how Clara convinced herself that she had superpowers. She almost had me convinced, too!

Clara’s experience feels remarkably accurate for a girl her age. Kids convince themselves of strange things all the time, and it’s not unusual for friends to get on board with outlandish ideas. And Clara’s attempts at “fixing” her situation are hilarious. She’s a charming and funny character that you can’t help but love.

Content: A few instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, rivalry/bullying between kids from different schools.

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Source: The publisher sent me a copy of this book.

4 STARS

 

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4 Comments

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    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    March 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    This book looks adorable. I remember thinking when I was a kid that I might have superpowers if I concentrated hard enough. You just never know! 🙂

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      March 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      I did too! I think that’s why I liked the book so much. That, and my kids related to it really well. Such a fun read!

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    Olivia-Savannah
    March 11, 2017 at 12:43 am

    As someone who can be very creative and imaginative herself, I think it’s brilliant to see that reflected in another character. It’s cute that she thinks she has super powers, and I think it sounds fun to see what sort of trouble she gets up to! Glad you kids could really enjoy this one 🙂

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      March 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks, Olivia! It was a pretty cute book. It was a fun twist on the superhero theme.

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