‘The Champ’ by Anh Do (Review)

While I’ve been working away on my Shadow IBP duties, my daughter, Hayley, has been reading lots as usual, mostly books involving cats, dogs or dragons (don’t ask…).  However, recently she was fortunate enough to receive yet another book by the indefatigable Anh Do, courtesy of Allen & Unwin, and she just about managed to fit it into her busy reading schedule.  It’s a story designed to kick off a new series, meaning we have yet another hero to meet – take it away, Hayley 🙂

*****
What’s the name of the book, and who is it by?
The book is called The Champ, and it’s written by Anh Do and illustrated by Dave Atze.

What’s it about?
It’s about a girl called Summer who loves sport (but isn’t very good at it!).  But then suddenly a meteor hits her house, and she gets magical powers that make her better at every sport!

Did you like it?  Why (not)?
It was OK.

What was your favourite part?
I liked it when Summer was trying to catch a nasty witch who was stealing things.

Was it difficult to read?
No, because there were pictures on most of the pages, and the book wasn’t very hard to read.

Would you recommend this book to other boys and girls?  Why (not)?
Yes, if they like sport, action and adventure.

Hayley, thank you very much 🙂

*****
Yes, today’s choice introduces us to yet another special child, a twelve-year-old sport fanatic who suddenly becomes a super athlete after being hit by slime from a meteorite (I paraphrase).  For someone who has always wanted to be strong, fast and skilful (but wasn’t blessed with those attributes), it’s an amazing turn of events:

When she got to the fence, she gave it a hard stare… and then vaulted over it again.  It was easy.  It was like it was nothing.  She wouldn’t have been able to do it last week, and now it was nothing
p.50 (Allen & Unwin, 2022)

The arrival of the meteorite isn’t all good, however.  As well as wrecking her house, it has injured her brother Carl, a talented footballer, and now it’s up to young Summer to take on more responsibility.

So, what exactly do you do when you suddenly develop sporting superpowers?  Her first idea is to enter contests to earn money to support her family, but as it turns out, there are far more important things for Summer to do.  A strange villain, a witch who looks strangely familiar, is causing trouble in her home town, and it looks like it’s time for the Champ to  stop her…

The Champ is a nice story, a little more light-hearted than some of Do’s other series.  It’s all about a girl getting what she always wanted, but struggling to know what to do next, needing to keep her powers under wraps when the authorities start to take an interest in the new superhero in town.  As always, with great power comes great responsibility – that’s quite a lot for a hyperactive pre-teen to deal with!

This one is probably for younger kids, and I’m not sure Hayley was quite as taken with this as with other Do books.  It’s all good fun, though, and there is one more thing to be aware of.  Again, there are hints that this is set in the DLU (Do Literary Universe) as the book features another crossover with a familiar face.  Hmm – I wonder if the Endgame of the writer’s superhero hijinks is coming soon… 😉

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