One day, Tana, Scotty, Zinnia, Andrea and Muzza are zapped by lightning on a footy field and transformed into a team of POWERED-UP heroes known as THE INVINCIBLES. But the clock is ticking - they have 80 minutes before it's game over and their powers vanish!
So when Tricky Ricky hatches a sinister scheme to ruin the reputation of the mighty national team, the All Greats, it's The Invincibles alone who can save them. Can the team work together to use their powers before DISASTER STRIKES? This super-powered action and sports comedy features tackles, tries. titanium terrors and a ticking deadline that will make your hair stand on end.
With hilarious illustrations by Myles Lawford, including a set of bonus character collection cards, this book is timed to coincide with the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan (September-November 2019).
Miss Seven looked at this book and immediately said she thought it would be really good value because there were lots of cool pictures but also plenty of story so she figured it would keep her busy for quite some time. She likes books that have plenty of humour; it was not long before she was reading it aloud to me with frequent pauses so she could giggle. As a soccer player herself, she enjoys stories about football of all kinds whether soccer or rugby, so the theme appealed to her as well.
There are plenty of topical references to items that modern kids are familiar with - robotics, cell phones, and electronic scoreboards. This meant that Miss Seven could relate to the world of The Invincibles as they were just like other kids she knows. Apart from the magic powers, of course - but then, what child would not want to be able to zip up to the moon whenever he or she wanted to?
Miss Seven thought the toilet humour was hilarious. In her opinion, the funniest picture in the whole book was the image of Scotty issuing a supersonic fart and blasting the R-BOTS to the far end of the field. And as for the idea of his bottom catching fire as he farted while re-entering Earth's atmosphere, that was also extremely funny although she also thought it might have been quite painful when he tried to walk around with a burned bum.
The detachable cards in the back of the book were an instant hit - in fact, she did not want to settle to reading the book at all until she had removed all six and spread them out on the table. They were a useful reminder of who the characters were (five children plus a sheep), providing a useful summary of each one's super-powers and position in the team. She pointed out very quickly that one of Sheepy the Sheep's super powers was Power Poo - continuing the toilet humour theme. (Even the villain, Tricky Ricky, the Dunny Buddy entrepreneur, has made his money through promoting toilet sales!)
Aside from the humour, however, there is also a positive message to young children about gender stereotypes and teamwork. By the end of the book, the five children are well and truly on the same team, ready to work together and to look out for each other. Each has chosen a unique identity to secure a place on the team, and Sheepy the Sheep has survived his fall, much to everyone's relief. And Miss Seven was delighted to see the message "Look out for more Invincibles" on the book's endpaper as she realised that meant there would be more in the series!
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