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Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine


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In a top secret school for kids with super powers, it's hard being the only 'normal' one - that's what Murph Cooper thought before he became part of the Super Zeroes! The hugely anticipated third book in the bestselling, award-winning Kid Normal series from Greg James and Chris Smith

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Chris Smith is an award-winning author, broadcaster and parent (a mug saying 'World's Greatest Dad' counts as an award, right?). He grew up in leafy Northamptonshire and now lives in not-as-leafy North London with his wife, son and a cat called Mabel, who can talk. If you listen very carefully to the George Michael song 'Outside' you can hear a sample of Chris reading the news. He makes excellent tea. Greg James is an award-winning author and broadcaster, best known for hosting the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, but he hasn't won any awards for being a parent because he isn't one. He circumnavigated the M25 during his childhood and is now living with his wife Bella and their dog Barney in north London. Greg and Chris's houses are connected by a secret tunnel that they use for exchanging ideas via an elaborate pulley system. He makes terrible tea. Illustrator Erica Salcedo studied Fine Art at Castilla-La Mancha University, before going on to study for a masters in Graphic Design. She uses a mixture of techniques to create her illustrations - from hand-drawing to digital manipulation - and always remembers to add a pinch of humour. Wolfish Stew (Bloomsbury), written by Suzi Moore, was Erica's first picture book. She lives in Cuenca, Spain. KidNormal.com


After the reading and loving the first two books in this series, I was very excited ... And it was as good as, if not better! The story is great, it's hilarious and I can't wait to read another! I have told all my friends about this series and they're now reading them too. Highly recommend - a brilliant read! -- Mattie, age 10 * Toppsta *
It is a very funny book and makes you laugh out loud. It is filled with exciting adventure ... It is definitely worth reading this book, if you are fans of Diary Of the Wimpy Kid or Tom Gate[s] books -- Farhan, age 11 * Toppsta *
This was a great and funny book ... It was so hilarious at some points but mysterious at other parts. I would recommend this book to children aged 9+ -- Josh, age 11 * Toppsta *
PRAISE FOR KID NORMAL: So funny, it's almost criminal * Independent I *
Outrageous capers for eight and up ... Amusingly surreal super-powers and a trust yourself message combine to strong effect with Erica Salcedo's entertaining, huge-eyed images * Guardian *
An extraordinary tale about an ordinary boy in a world of heroes ... A fast-paced, humorous adventure with likeable heroes and a suitably ridiculous, evil villain * Times Educational Supplement *
Packed with very amusing asides, it's a fun and fast-paced read that will make James and Smith into children's heroes * Western Mail *
Chock full of slapstick humour, outrageous characters and pop culture references. It mocks school pecking orders and will make all kids who have fallen foul of them feel much better about it. And somehow, it ties all the mania together in a credible and thrilling story * The Bookbag *
A superlative adventure story that will resonate with children who like to read whacky, wild things * Books Monthly *
This spoof superhero epic certainly delivers: deliciously dastardly villains, capes, tights and mild-mannered heroes. Yet it also explores familiar school anxieties that everyone else is smarter, stronger, better * BookTrust *
A very promising start to a laugh-out-loud funny adventure series * Parents in Touch *
Incredibly funny, witty and stuffed full of heart * Book Lover Jo *

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