I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pizazz by Sophy Henn
Series: Pizazz #1
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Aladdin on June 1, 2021
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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.
Here is what I thought
Pizazz is a fun little story told mostly in illustrations about a young superhero who find that being super isn’t really that great.
Pizazz comes from a family of supers and she absolutely hates her super power (which once I found out what it was I don’t blame her), but it’s her job to help save the world. She just finds it a bit lonely and she feels like she isn’t as good as her sister who seems to be good at everything, like making friends.
When Pizazz tries running for class councilor she loses, but her teacher thought it was cool she wanted to help out with things so makes her the eco monitor. She finds out that being the eco monitor isn’t really that cool but then Ivy wants her to help save a park. Pizazz thinks this is just the thing for her to do but things don’t go her way as it’s a lot different doing that than saving the world.
I liked Pizazz, she is just a young girl with a lot of responsibility who was given an embarrassing super power instead of something like her Aunt Blaze, or her mom who is Atomic. She had two great friends but then her parents moved them and she is finding it hard to make friends at her new school and being super doesn’t help. It doesn’t help because she has to zoom out when the world is in danger to save it, you would think kids would think that was cool, but evidently not.
The illustrations in the book are very simple but really good. Sometimes I don’t like the real simple illustrations but these are very well done. It’s all in black and white and I also liked that.
I think it’s a cute story overall and that young readers would enjoy it.