Review: Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers

Posted on January 16, 2017


Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers
Written by Anna Humphrey
Illustrated by Lisa Cinar
Owlkids Books
September 2016
224 pages

Nine-year old Clara Humble has some amazing super powers. She’s the fastest sprinter on the Gledhill Elementary School track team. She creates an action-packed cartoon series featuring superhero @Cat and his nemesis Poodle Noodle. Her best friend is her 80-year old neighbor Momo, plus her other neighbor Bradley is pretty cool, too. And she wakes up every morning — even Saturdays and Sundays — at exactly 7:14 a.m., with no alarm clock. But Clara’s well-ordered world begins to unravel when she finds out that Momo is planning to sell her house and move to a retirement home. Followed by the horrible news that the super mean kids from rival school R.R. Reginald — the very same ones who pushed the Gledhill Gators mascot into the pond — will be attending classes at Gledhill until the mold is removed from their school building. In an effort to keep both disasters from happening, Clara decides she needs to beef up her super powers, and Bradley enthusiastically agrees to act as her coach. Using psychic-boosting drills from, Clara works on strengthening her ability to manipulate water (hydrokinesis) and energy (electrokinesis) with decidedly mixed results. Undaunted and desperate to save their school from the invasion of the Reginal b-Rats, Clara and Bradley resort to pranks instead of the paranormal and pull off a sticky situation for everyone. Humphrey’s new series starring Clara Humble as a plucky young cartoonist tackles the big challenges facing kids like friendship, anger, competition, and change with honesty and humor. Cinar’s @Cat cartoons a la Clara are a delightful distraction giving readers a peek into Clara’s heart and soul. Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers is hilarious super hero hijinks that kids will love.

Copyright (c) 2017 by Peggy Tibbetts

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