Tana, Scotty, Zinnia, Andrea and Muzza have a giant problem on their hands - their super powers have short-circuited and they've been transformed into itty-bitty-sized Invincibles! Can the fearless footy heroes survive the field of doom and outwit Tricky Ricky and his dastardly deeds before the All Greats' golden history is destroyed in front of their eyes? Or will they be trapped forever in a wild world of man-eating monsters and maniacal mischief makers on the loose?
With hilarious illustrations by Myles Lawford, including a set of bonus character collection cards, this book joins the first in the series (The Invincibles 1: Power Up!) to coincide with the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan (September-November 2019).
I knew that Miss Seven would enjoy this book as she had thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, and had been eagerly awaiting the publication of the second. What I had not expected was the reaction of her older brother, who said he would like this one but was prepared to share it! I asked him why he wanted to read it as I thought it might be a bit young for him - after all, he will be ten in December! He then admitted to already "borrowing" the first book from Miss Seven because it sounded so funny when she was reading it to me that he wanted to take himself off and read it on his own.
So Miss Seven graciously agreed to share, and Mr Nine promptly went off to read it so he could give me some feedback. He was not disappointed. As a soccer player himself, he is well into ball sports, so was ready to enjoy the book. It was a quick read for him but judging by the peals of laughter from his perch in the garden he was enjoying every minute. After he had finished, he came back in and said he thought it was one of the funniest books he had ever read. He loved the toilet humour of course (!) and admired Scotty for his prestigious farts. Smells of all kinds are part of every child's world, and the source of a great deal of fun.
Miss Seven and I then read it together - she is now quite capable of reading on her own, but still likes to be read to so we took turns reading aloud. She was fascinated by the thought that being shrunk would suddenly open up a world of unanticipated threats like attacks from hungry magpies or weta, not to mention the scary boots that could squish you without warning. It was a new way of looking at the world from the point of view of a creature the size of a toothbrush; we digressed into a discussion of what a snail might feel like when a bird swooped down on it.
There was just one aspect of the book that she did not like. The first book had yielded a set of collectible character cards which have pride of place on her bedside table. She had been looking forward to adding a second set to them. However, the detachable cards at the back of this book have been printed and scored off centre so that they are different widths - a small point, and one that does not interfere with the actual story, but which did annoy her when she came to remove them.
But overall, another successful book in the series and one enjoyed by both the children. It was interesting to find that my perception of the target audience was wider than I had expected.
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