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Summary

A brilliantly funny story from a meteoric new voice in children's fiction. Luke is a comic-mad 11-year-old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time.

While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his archnemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world....

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. Hilariously narrated by Joe Thomas, star of The Inbetweeners and Fresh Meat.

©2015 David Solomons (P)2017 Nosy Crow Ltd

Critic reviews

"Full of comic-hero references, the book is a hoot." ( The Sunday Times)
"It blends an exhaustive knowledge of fantasy fiction in books, film, television, comics and computer games (which works even for uninitiates) with a well-observed understanding of family relationships, sibling rivalry, friendships and the things that can be horrible about starting secondary school." ( The Times)
"You know a book is going to be good when you're giggling after five minutes. Luke, the comic-reading, superhero expert, goes for a wee and on his return discovers his older brother, Zack, has been visited by aliens and has superpowers. Luke is both jealous and secretly impressed. However, when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, it is Luke and his friends who come to the rescue. Ideal for comic readers and superhero experts." ( The Guardian)

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Great fun

Yes yes I know this is a children's book, but sometimes it's good to go for something a little more innocent.

This is a fun book for kids to listen to, and there's also some great humour that adults will enjoy. Plenty of nerdy references for both young and old.

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Super Audio Book

5 year old girl and 8 year old boy loved it!

References to the comic super hero word translated to a story children can relate to.

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Great Story

It was a great story with lots of interesting ideas, twists and turns. we couldn't stop reading.

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Great story, narrator a little growly

Really enjoyed the story. The narrator was very enjoyable, but sounded like he was about to sink into the pits of hell at times as his voice crackled with vocal fry. Get that chap a throat sweet! Genuinely fun book and universe, I hope there's more.

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good book for young readers

Had a few good references and plot twists, a lot better than I had expected.

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Great fun

Bought this for my grandchildren to listen to but listened to it myself as well. It’s a fun story, I really enjoyed it.

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gripping

super narration great story both my kids loved it Jack 11 and belle 8. super

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A fun if light super story

I really enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. Every character is well drawn and developed and the humour is spot on. The narration was brilliant. My only complaint was the lack of acknowledgment that the sun is a star.

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Fantastic

Loved this book so much, great references all the way thru and great understanding of kids thinking

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I thoroughly enjoyed this

I bought this for my friends' kids to listen to and thought I'd do a test run.

I've realised I'm just a big kid of half a century and four and I loved this. The story kept my attention, made me laugh and now I want more.

It's well read, fast paced and funny. Go try out the sample I don't think you'll regret it.

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  • Shana
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Cute story!

Very cute story with a good mix of humor and adventure. I think kids will love it!

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  • Tiffany Michaud
  • 24-01-18

Wow! Much better than expected!

Loved it! The British accent made it wonderful to listen to and the story...I just couldn't stop listening!