Reader Reviewed Kid Normal by Greg James, Chris Smith

Kid Normal

Written by Greg James, Chris Smith
Illustrated by Erica Salcedo
Part of the Kid Normal Series

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July 2017 Debut of the Month

In a nutshell: hapless heroics from a wimpy kid in a Harry Potter world

Imagine what it would be like if you were you, an ordinary kid, but by complete accident you enrolled in a school where everyone had an amazing superpower. That’s exactly what happens to Murph Cooper, and the resulting story is very funny indeed. This is the first children’s book by radio stars Greg James and Chris Smith, and it’s a zany mix of slapstick, colourful characters and superhero jokes. Beneath all of that too it slips in an important message about how ordinary can be special too. This is a great summer holidays read and if you’re looking for a book for bedtime it’s great fun to read aloud.

Kid normals will also enjoy these books in the same vein: My Brother is a Superhero, Othergirl by Nicole Burstein and Shane Hegarty’s Darkmouth series. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alexander Bisland age 12 & Daniel Bisland age 10 - 'We enjoyed this book because it was funny and leaves you on the edge of your seat. We give it 5/5. We recommend it to 9+.'
  • Erica, age 11 - 'So, this phenomenal book is perfect for anyone in doubt or any one who is thirsty for adventure and it's perfect for any age. Just remember, if in doubt, there's always a silver lining to every cloud.'
  • Emily Yates - 'Kid Normal is a story of trust, bravery and friendship, along with a touch of very silly fantastical ideas, that seem so real that they come alive on your page!'
  • Joshua Beverley, age 9 - 'This book is hilarious, gripping and takes you on a journey through Murph Cooper’s schools. Murph moves around a lot but nothing prepares him for ‘The School’...Find out all about it in 'Kid Normal'- an extraordinary story about an ordinary boy.'
  • Josh Parcell, age 10 - 'The book is really funny because strange and weird things happen and I really like that...I would rate this book a million out of 10, probably the best book I've read this year.'

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Kid Normal by Greg James, Chris Smith

When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It's because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don't have superpowers, it doesn't mean you can't save the day. Let's hope Murph realises that, and quick - because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans...It's time for Kid Normal to become a hero!

Perfect for fans of David Solomons, David Baddiel and Danny Wallace. Featuring brilliant illustrations by Erica Salcedo throughout.


“Kid appeal aplenty, genuinely warm and funny writing, an excellent wasp-man villain and a positive message about discovering your own strengths” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

About the Author

Greg James, Chris Smith

Greg James is the host of Radio 1's Drivetime show and the Official Chart. He is also a familiar face on TV, and in February he completed his #GREGATHLON - five triathlons in five different cities on five consecutive days - raising over GBP1,000,000 for Sport Relief. In 2014 he won Gold for 'Best Entertainment Show' at the last ever Radio Academy Awards, which arguably makes him the most entertaining radio presenter in perpetuity. Greg has no superpowers. In his spare time he enjoys the idea of having hobbies. But in reality, he's made all of them into work. Follow Grey James on Twitter here.

Chris Smith is an award-winning journalist and radio presenter, most frequently heard as the voice of Radio 1's Newsbeat as well as hosting shows on BBC Radio 5 Live. Chris enjoyed a previous, and glittering, literary career as the winner of the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition 1981 (under 10s section) with his tale Where Are the Brandy Snaps? Chris has no superpowers either. His hobbies include screen printing and self-effacement. Follow Chris Smith on Twitter here.

Together on Greg's show and in their weekly podcast, Chris and Greg are responsible for some of radio's most ludicrous games and characters, which genuinely wouldn't make any sense if we tried to explain them here ...

Authors photo © Jenny Smith

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400 pages


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Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

13th July 2017




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