My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord is the sequel to one of my new favourite children’s books, My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons. Being so impressed by the first novel, I had high hopes for this one, and it did not disappoint me.
Luke Parker is struggling at his new school. Maths is difficult, gym is worse, but that would all be fine if his superhero brother weren’t so annoying. Zack, a.k.a. Star Lad, won’t believe Luke when he tries to tell him there’s a new supervillain on the rise, but Luke is sure he’s right about a new terror threatening to end civilisation as they know it… or at least the civilisation of Bromley.
Solomons triumphantly returns to the world of English suburban superheroes, bringing with him the humour and ambition of the last book as well as building on the cast of loveable characters. The book is witty, excellently paced, and full of honest pre-teen awkwardness that had me smiling from ear-to-ear. Add to that a “Flash Gordon” moral (that you don’t necessarily need superpowers to be a hero), and it was a delight from start to finish.
I’m can’t wait to read the next one!