Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
Discover the annoying side of being a superhero from snarky, reluctant hero Pizazz in this hilarious and highly illustrated new series for young middle graders—perfect for fans of Dog Man and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Most people think superhero work is awesome and fulfilling. Pizazz knows better. Whenever she’s in the middle of a movie or having fun with her friends, she has to dash off the save the world. And she’s always in the same outfit, including an embarrassing glittery cape, and the wedgies are unreal. Plus, being the good guy all the time is so not easy. Superheroes have bad days like everybody else, but Pizazz always has to be cheerful and noble and brave. More than anything, she just wants to be normal.
About: Pizazz is a middle grade graphic novel written and illustrated by Sophy Henn. It was recently published on 6/1/2021 by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, paperback, 208 pages. The genres are middle grade fiction, graphic novel, and superheroes. I have read Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser from this author and loved it. This book is intended for readers ages 8 to 10, grades 3 to 5. According to the publisher’s website, “Aladdin. Inspired by the dreams of our authors and readers. Powered by the passion of our editors. Aladdin publishes for a diverse community of readers with books that are enduring and culturally relevant. From picture books to chapter books to middle-grade, both fiction and nonfiction, we create books that provide readers with mirrors in which to see themselves and windows into understanding others.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Pizazz on 6/10/2021 and finished it on 6/16/2021. A fun read, with a main character who’s not super good at everything. As a matter of fact, it’s her little sister, Red, that was good with many things so Pizazz found her annoying. Pizazz wore her cape to school and general people are aware of her being a superhero. That meant she doesn’t change into a different costume when she zoom off to save the world. The surprising thing was even though she’s a superhero, she was teased by a popular girl just like any normal non-superhero person. This book contradicts everything you knew about superheroes. But because our Pizazz, a superhero of 9.5 years old, so it’s understandable that she would want to be doing normal kids stuffs than save the world and fighting evil.
This book followed a girl named Pizazz, a superhero among a family of superheroes. Pizazz didn’t like her name and thought her superpower was embarrassing. Her list of pros and cons for being a superhero.. well let just say the list of cons were much longer. Then she started at a new school after her family moved. It was hard at first until she became Eco Monitor. Her challenge was to save a park from turning into a commercial parking lot. She wanted to be normal and live a normal life but she thought she was neither good at being normal nor a superhero.
Pizazz was well written and a fast paced read. Pizazz, a superhero with a magnet for unlucky incidents. She usually pick the short straw among her family members and ending up covered in nasty liquids from fighting villains. I liked how when she’s face with a challenge, she enlisted helps. This story influence young readers that teamwork are better than one and the support from others can open doors to more solutions. I like Pizazz’s big family and how each one has a role in helping each other. I liked Pizazz’s journey to making a friend. An action and adventures read and I recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: superheroes, actions and adventures, humor, family, friendship
About the Author and Illustrator:
Sophy Henn is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator with a master’s in illustration from the University of Brighton. She is the creator of the much-loved Bad Nana series, the Pom Pom series, the Ted board book series, and the nonfiction titles Lifesize and Lifesize Dinosaurs, among others. Her debut picture book Where Bear? was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Sophy was the World Book Day Illustrator in 2015 and 2016. (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website, book photos obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.