Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon (Please Don’t Tell My Parents) By: Richard Roberts
Supervillains do not merely play hooky. True, coming back to school after a month spent fighting – and defeating – adult superheroes is a bit of a comedown for the Inscrutable Machine. When offered the chance to skip school in the most dramatic way possible, Penelope Akk can’t resist. With the help of a giant spider and mysterious red goo, she builds a spaceship and flies to Jupiter. Mutant goats. Secret human colonies. A war between three alien races with humanity as the prize. Robot overlords and evil plots. Penny and her friends find all this and more on Jupiter’s moons, but what they don’t find are any heroes to save the day. Fortunately, they have an angry eleven year old and a whole lot of mad science…
After the last book I was excited to read the next, even with the problems I mentioned.
I still like the world created and there was a ton more of that going on. The characters were fine, though, Penny’s partners in crime are starting to get one dimensional, and other than using their superpowers, they weren’t utilized very much in this book, they had no growth.
My problem with the series so far is that she got labeled a supervillian and is fine with it, even though she wants to be a hero. There were little bits where she started to think she could crossover, but after a few misunderstandings that didn’t work out. I’m getting tired of misunderstandings in this series. She acts one way, trying to be heroic, but then her actions are misunderstood. Annoying.
These books were clearly not written for me and I’m sure someone in middle school, high school age range would really enjoy them. For me, though, I’m probably not going to jump as quickly on the next.