Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillain by Richard Roberts

11 Jun

pleasedonttellPlease Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillain
by Richard Roberts
374 pages – ages 10+
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on February 14, 2014


Summary – Penny Akk was upset because she didn’t have a super-power yet. She lives in a land of superheroes and she is the daughter of two superheroes. Her parents (Brian “Brainy” Akk and Beatrice Benevolent “BeeBee” Akk AKA The Audit) are some of the world’s smartest people. One day, while trying to build a device, Penny built a small machine that could recycle used parts. But, get this, it had NO power source, yet it worked. Penny had just stumbled upon her super-power – she can build ANYTHING she wants, but only if she has the inspiration – but it isn’t full-fledged yet. She showed her parents the machine she built (called “The Machine), and they estimated that she would probably have complete control of her powers by the end of high school, with small bursts of powers every month or so.  They were wrong. When Penny accidentally gave her two best friends super-powers, they soon became a trio of superheroes. A trio of superheroes, that is, until they accidentally destroyed their school’s gym in a battle with the school’s bully, who turns out to be a famous superhero’s sidekick, called “Miss A”. Now the world thinks that they are supervillains. No matter what they try, they are still considered villains – “The Inscrutable Machine! E-Claire, Reviled, and Bad Penny” (that last one was a mistake, courtesy of Miss A’s big mouth in a battle (calling Penny a “bad penny”), and it is also the press’s fault, for calling her that). Can they ever fix it?

What I Thought – This was a wonderfully done superherovillain book. I like that the characters didn’t mean to be supervillains but want to be superheroes. It’s a great plot idea. Mr. Roberts has written an excellent book for young readers. His writing style is awesome, and it really got me straight into the story. I read this book in one day – it literally kept me turning the pages. I love the character of Penny, and that she never wanted to be a supervillain, yet she turns out to be an excellent mad science. She is great at the evil laugh too. 😉 I think that the main characters act realistically (as middle schoolers). The dialogue is spot on. I hope that there is a sequel to this book, but I also thought the book ended very well even though it is a bit of a cliff-hanger. Bonus points for a really cool cover too. Based on this book, I am looking forward to reading more from Mr. Roberts.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

27 Responses to “Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillain by Richard Roberts”

  1. Angela Brown June 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Awesome! I do love a good super hero/villian story.


  2. Genevieve Petrillo June 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    I don’t mean to be a super villain, either. I mean to be a good girl. But then…..

    Love and licks,


  3. Catherine Johnson June 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Erik I recently watched Spiderman 2 and the bad guys did not start out bad. In fact it seemed a shame the annoying characters were not pinned as bad guys. I’m super curious how the author deals with this idea. Great share Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2014 at 6:18 am #

      I like it when bad guys don’t start out bad (or in this case she’s really not bad – just got caught in the wrong place) because you know they can turn around! 🙂


  4. Sherrie Petersen Books June 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    I love superhero books and movies and this sounds like a good one. Glad you reviewed it 🙂


  5. KidLitReviews June 12, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    Okay, this one is yours! Have it read but not reviewed. I enjoyed your review. I think most villains start out as good guys, don’t they? But some of those “good guys” are not so good. Nice review. I agree, the writing is very good and the voice is great for middle graders. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2014 at 6:38 am #

      Some villains do start out good – some are just rotten always. Thanks Ms. Morris!


  6. LJ Clarkson June 12, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    I love this title and concept. Will go on my to read list


  7. heylookawriterfellow June 12, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    I am sold by the title alone. Your marvelous review, however, will send me to B&N posthaste.


  8. Michelle Isenhoff June 12, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Putting this one on next year’s homeschool reading list. Reminds me a little bit of Jack Blank. I love love love the cover.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      This is an awesome super-book! 🙂 Penny is like Jack, just that Penny makes the technology, and it serves whatever purpose she made it for. Jack just controlled/spoke to it. 🙂


  9. ontheplumtree June 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    I promise I won’t tell your parents…engaging title and sounds like you really enjoyed this one.


  10. writersideup June 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Erik, are you sure YOU didn’t write this book and Richard Roberts is your psuedonym? lol I’m thinking you’d give this 6 bookworms if you could! lol LOVE that cover, by the way!!!


  11. Elle Carter Neal June 13, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Oh, now this sounds hilarious! I think I have to read this based on the cover and title alone.


  12. readingwithrhythm June 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Well, this one sounds like an interesting twist on the super hero plot. Thanks for sharing!


  13. stanleyandkatrina June 25, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    What a great twist. Sounds super fun.


  14. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I love reading stories about anti-heroes. Make for an interesting read.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      Well, the main character doesn’t WANT to be a supervillain, just that the circumstances kind of force her to become one. 🙂


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