Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James, Chris Smith

Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes

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

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In a nutshell: super-kid-friendly super-hero comic adventures with real heart

Murph Cooper, aka Kid Normal, and his band of Super Zeroes are back in a new adventure that will delight their fans. Fresh from their successful defeat of the hideous wasp-man they’re ready for more excitement, and they get it. The new term has barely started when the Heroes’ Alliance call for Murph. Magpie, the roguest Rogue Hero of them all, has demanded Murph come to his top security prison cell. Why? And what’s the meaning of the mysterious poem he hands over? The Heroes’ Alliance think Magpie is just wasting everyone’s time, but the Super Zeroes decide to investigate – and it’s just as well… Packed with jokes that will have everyone cracking up, children and adults, this also delivers a proper adventure story while reminding readers that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Super! Kid normals will also enjoy the My Brother is a Superhero series and Shane Hegarty’s Darkmouth books. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Kid Normal. 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 and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James, Chris Smith

Not all heroes have superpowers. Don't believe us? Well Murph Cooper is living proof. Since becoming Kid Normal, he and the Super Zeroes have been catching baddies all over the place. But being a hero is about to get a whole lot harder ... Far away in a top-secret prison, the world's most feared supervillain has broken a thirty year silence. His first words? 'Bring Kid Normal to me!'


Praise for Kid Normal:

'So funny, it's almost criminal Independent I

An extraordinary tale about an ordinary boy in a world of heroes ... A fast-paced, humorous adventure with likeable heroes and a suitably ridiculous, evil villain Times Educational Supplement

Outrageous capers for eight and up ... Amusingly surreal super-powers and a trust yourself message combine to strong effect with Erica Salcedo's entertaining, huge-eyed images Guardian

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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416 pages


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Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

22nd March 2018




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