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Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid book coverBook: Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid
Author: Marcus Emerson
Published: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Roaring Book Press, an imprint of MacMillan Kids
Genre: Middle Grade Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Source: Provided by the publisher for review

I received a copy of this book for free for a review. This does not impact the content of my review.


The Super Life of Ben Braver: The Incredible Exploding Kid is jam-packed with art and comic strips. It’s another wacky adventure from Marcus Emerson, the author behind the hit Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series!

“A crazy fun ride—action packed and loaded with laughs!” —Max Brallier, The Last Kids on Earth

Even though Ben Braver saved Kepler Academy from total destruction last year, he knows he still doesn’t fit in at his secret middle school for kids with special abilities. Ben’s been hiding his lack of super skills, but it’s getting harder as his classmates’ powers are getting stronger.

Will Ben be able to power up before his enemies at school take him down? And will he risk everything to become the ultimate superhero? (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts on This Book

Ben Braver (and Marcus Emerson) do it again! Ben Braver and the Incredible Exploding Kid is hilarious and fun and heartwarming. Ben is back at school for year two and still trying to hide the fact that, unlike all the other kids, he doesn’t have a power. Like the other kids though, he’s got a bit of an ego. He and his friends are still trying to solve the mystery they discovered in the first book, while also navigating their second year at their weird boarding school.

With the headmaster mysteriously ill, boxing rings made of stretchy toes, crazy superhero costumes, and portals to warehouses, this book gets weird — and fun — fast. 

I flew through this book in one evening because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. And I think kiddos will love it too. The characters are realistic middle schoolers encountering some realistic and some not-so-realistic problems. Plus, the book is filled with laugh-out-loud illustrations and comics that enhance the reading experience. With the comics scattered throughout the book, it’s a great option to help kids who prefer comic books to chapter books read a little more prose.

interior of Ben Braver book 2, a girl wearing a tshirt with a boy's face on it, she is standing in front of a group of people, one of whom has tentacles.

The comics and illustrations enhance the reading experience of this middle grade chapter book.

I definitely recommend the Ben Braver books to kids (and adults!) who love superheroes, flawed heroes, hilarious hijinks, and mysteries.  And, even better, this book wraps up the story but leaves a great tidbit to continue Ben’s adventures in more books.

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