Book Review #32: Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero

71mRBhtNWBLTitle: Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero
Author: Michell Plested
Publisher: Five Rivers Chapmanry
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Available Formats: Dead tree, ebook, audiobook
Rating: K for kids of all ages

Michell Plested and I have followed each other on Twitter for quite a while. I don’t know who followed whom first. I do know I reviewed his podcast “Galaxybillies” a while back (Podcast Review #48) and that I genuinely enjoy his podcast “Get Published”. I also know that I am ashamed to admit that it has taken me so long to write this review. Mr. Plested provided me with a copy of Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero ages ago, and I read it quite sometime back and just haven’t gotten around to writing a review. For that, I must apologize.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis: A delightful and truly Canadian tale of a 12 year old boy’s quest to protect his prairie town of Cranberry Flats, and in his search to acquire super-powers finds the most awesome power of all lies within his own inherent integrity.

Setting; Cranberry Flats is a small town much like the one I grew up in. It seems like you know almost everyone in the town and with that comes the good and the bad. Mik roams his town firmly encased in his own childlike sense of invisibility while at the same time looking for evil in the large and small things that make life interesting in a small town.

Plot: Mik goes to the movies with his Dad, and after seeing how the hero was transformed into a superhero, determines there has to be a way he to can become a superhuman force for good. Mik embarks on his road to discovery armed only with his wit and his canine companion (and a genuinely understanding and gracious set of parents).

Characters: Mik is the main character and the book is told from a first person perspective, allowing you to become quite familiar with Mik by the end of the book. Other characters appear in vignettes, but none really rival Mik’s predominance in this story of how a young boy becomes the hero of his own story.

Odin’s recommendation: If you can afford this book, buy it. Yes, it is a kids book. Preteen. However, I think most adults will be able to draw correlations between Mik’s adventures and their own childhoods. Most young children will be able to retain their curiosity in Mik as he gallops through his many mini-adventures presented in small vignettes while retaining a cohesive larger story.

I truly enjoyed Mik Murdoch and was delighted with the way Mr. Plested presented this charming story. Mik Murdoch: Boy Superhero is a sweet, enchanting, delightful adventure that should appeal to the child in all of us.

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