Richard Roberts

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon By: Richard Roberts

Please Dont Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon

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.


Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain By: Richard Roberts

Please Dont Tell My Paren'ts I'm a Supervillain

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #1) By: Richard Roberts


Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She’s got superhero parents. She’s got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets even she doesn’t understand. She has two super powered best friends. In middle school, the line between good and evil looks clear. In real life, nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero’s sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labeled supervillains. In the process, Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She’s good at it. Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armor, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape shifters and ghosts, no matter what the super powered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mom and dad find out.


With a title like that I had to at least read the sample. After a sample like that I had to at least read the book. After a book like that I have to read the next. Notice a theme?

I was nicely surprised by PDTMPIASV, it could have very easily been over the top cheesy with no plot or character development in sight, but it didn’t take the easy way out. There was certainly cheese and it was set over a couple of weeks so there wasn’t much character development, but it was still there and combined with the plot and world it made a great book.

The book was very long for a juvenile fiction book, possibly even for a YA. There were times when it did drag a little, because Roberts wanted to show you that Penny was a normal middle school girl, who just happened to find out that she made a good supervilian. Normal middle school girls are pretty boring.

I did wish that she had found a way to cement herself as a superhero and not just someone who worked both sides. If Roberts was trying to say something more there he didn’t do it clearly enough for me. I did however see why Penny would enjoy being a villain.

I thought her parents were very stupid, especially for supposedly being two of the smartest people on the planet, because of that I doubted everything they said. Obviously this would appeal to kids, she’s pulling something over her parents so easily. As a parent I’m annoyed, though.

If you happen to have a child in the YA/ juvenile fiction age bracket that loves to read I would highly recommend. Because of the length I’m not sure I would recommend for all readers in that age group, though.