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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

Super Max has it all. He's a superhero with a flashy uniform and a great head of hair. Sure, sometimes the evil Dr. Malevolent pops up to cause trouble. But Super Max has defeated the villain over and over again. This time is different. This time, Dr. Malevolent's plan works . . . and he turns the handsome hero into a tiny tuber! But there's one thing the doctor didn't count on. The potato still has powers, and justice takes many forms. Super Max may be gone . . . but it's Super Potato's time to fly!…

Overall Book Review:

The Epic Origin of Super Potato is an entertaining read for a younger middle grade student. It delivers some chuckle-worthy humor and some light-hearted escapism. The plot is straightforward but tired. It uses the cliche of the super hero trying to apprehend his archnemesis in a predictable confrontation in which the tables are turned on the hero. However, this plot pattern has been used so often and so recently that even mocking the cliche feels like a cliche itself.

The book continues through a series of events that more or less make sense but mostly serve as a backdrop for the humor and gags, most of which are very good and readers will likely find funny. This graphic novel reads more like a continuous series of comic strips strung together than a single cohesive story that was written as a book. It is good for some laughs, but its story is not strong enough that children will likely look for the sequels.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Graphic Universe


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Violence in this book is comic in nature and includes things like: a door is kicked open; characters are turned into a different species by a scientific device; verbal threats; property damage incidental to fights; punches and kicks; a dwelling is destroyed; a character threatens another and chases him with a comical sci-fi weapon.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
1
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
10

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About the Reviewer

My taste in literature leans heavily towards sci-fi, fantasy, and (my favorite) horror, and the latter can present some fairly murky waters for parents to let their children explore. I enjoy novels of both the standard and graphic varieties. Since those genres, and graphic novels in particular, tend to appeal to boys, I hope that I can help other Boy Mommies in their quest to find books that their little video gamers--I mean, future bibliophiles will read and enjoy. When I am not reading, I enjoy tabletop role-playing games, video games, and singing karaoke. I have a wonderful husband who lets me indulge my reading habit by sharing the housework and being a great dad to our genius kids and their faithful hound.