Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She's got superhero parents. She's got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets even she doesn't understand. She has two super powered best friends. In middle school, the line between good and evil looks clear.
In real life, nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero's sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labeled supervillains. In the process, Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She's good at it.
Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armor, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape shifters and ghosts, no matter what the super powered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mom and dad find out. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This book was awesome. It is an absolute blast and everything about it is fun, quirky and super entertaining. I envision the story occurring in a similar world to “The Incredibles”, but with some middle school stress thrown in. There are a lot of superhero-world stereotypes, but I don’t mean that in a bad way, but rather in a familiar way. Not only is Penelope trying to navigate school, but she is trying to figure out what it means to be the daughter of superheroes. Throw in some tempting villainy and it’s a slippery slope that’s happening all too quickly.
Roberts also does an amazing job realistically portraying the kind of trouble some middle school kids with lax supervision might get into. I haven’t gotten around to reading the sequel, but it will definitely be happening in the near future. This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Anyone looking for a hilarious quick read in the vein of “The Incredibles”!
Want to read the whole series?
- Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #2)
- Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #3)