Review: Nikki Powergloves a Hero is Born by David Estes

Posted January 2, 2013 by Lola in Fantasy, Review / 0 Comments

Nikki Powergloves – a Hero is Born (Nikki Powergloves #1)
by David Estes

Copy for Review

Blurb from Goodreads: Perfect for kids aged 7-10 or advanced younger readers aged 4-6!!

Nikki Nickerson hates her name and her boring life as a nine-year-old in the small town of Cragglyville. That is, until she finds a disappearing path into a forest that is rumored to be haunted. At the end of the trail, she and her dog, Mr. Miyagi, find a beautiful treasure chest, standing ready for her to claim.

What does the chest contain? Gold? No. Diamonds? Nah. Money? Not even close. The chest contains twelve multi-colored gloves. Nikki’s disappointment quickly morphs into delight when she discovers that the gloves are much more than just a cheesy fashion accessory. You see, each pair of gloves gives her a different power, such as stopping time or super-strength.

With a little help from her best friend, Spencer Quick, Nikki Nickerson is transformed into Nikki Powergloves, crime-fighting superhero. But every hero needs a villain and she soon finds hers in the form of Jimmy Powerboots, a smug and misguided youth who uncovers a similar treasure and chooses to use his newfound powers for evil. Nikki must find a way to de-boot her arch nemesis and stop his maniacal plans.

My Review:
I had so much fun reading this book! Normally I don’t read childrens book, simply because I am not a child. The reason why I picked this up? Because David Estes has written it and I just had to read it. Also YA and adult stories never deal with superhero’s and it’s nice for a change to read a book about superhero’s.

Although the book is written for children I think people off all ages can enjoy it. I seldomly have so much fun while reading a book as I did while reading Nikki, some of this because of things like the chapter names and the way to story is written. Ofcourse the story is a bit predictable, but it is very good. It is not only about doing hero stuff, it is also about doing things wrong and dealing with the consequences. This book deals with things that you normally don’t read about in children’s book.

Because this is a childrens book I did read it differently and small things in the plot that would bother me in other genres don’t bother me at all here. For example Nikki’s parents are a bit too easy going, they don’t mind if their child plays outside the whole day as long as she is home for dinner. And sometimes they aren’t that perceptive, but this are only minor details and with more strict parents, Nikki couldn’t so what she does now and this would ruin the story.

Nikki and Spencer are two awesome characters. Nikki is a young girl who likes going on adventures and wants to help people. While Spencer is young boy genius that is mature for his age and he is Nikki’s trusted sidekick. I loved reading about these characters!

Further I love reading a story about a superhero and David Estes made sure to make even this world come alive. The powergloves colours and powers are documented and there are rules how she can use her powers.

To conclude: I had so much fun while reading this book. The story is awesome and I liked reading about Nikki’s and Spencers adventures. David Estes has done an awesome job by writing a childrens book that is aslo enjoyable for adults. So if you want a break from all those YA and adult reads, try picking up this awesome children’s book!


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