Pizazz is perfect for anyone who loves the idea of a middle grade graphic novel from one of the POVs of “The Incredibles” family. It’s a story about superheroes and family, superpowers and self-acceptance. I breezed through Pizazz in one sitting it was so precious! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Most people think superhero work is awesome and fulfilling. Pizazz knows better. Whenever she’s in the middle of a movie or having fun with her friends, she has to dash off the save the world. And she’s always in the same outfit, including an embarrassing glittery cape, and the wedgies are unreal. Plus, being the good guy all the time is so not easy. Superheroes have bad days like everybody else, but Pizazz always has to be cheerful and noble and brave. More than anything, she just wants to be normal.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
First of all, I love the idea of a superhero middle grade graphic novel. I would love more of these because growing up and watching “The Incredibles” I always wanted to know more about the kids POV. More about how it felt to grow up as a superhero, in a family of superheroes, where there was such pressure. And Pizazz is it. The drawing style is, for lack of a better term, graphic and punchy. There’s this almost retro feel to some of the graphic elements, while also managing to be full of life.
Pizazz looks at the responsibility of being super. Of thinking that, in comparison to those around you, what makes you special isn’t that special. That it’s embarrassing. But Pizazz is full of ingenious and, sometimes simple, solutions. Full of superhero missions, I can see how younger readers would be drawn into this world of crime. There are incredible scenes of environmental messages and where Pizazz has to admit her own mistakes. There’s also these subtle themes about powers, or abilities, people have who are not super like listening and solidarity! This is the start of an engaging and entertaining middle grade graphic novel series.
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