Blog tour: ‘Marv,’ by Alex Falase-Koya illustrated by Paula Bowles.

Introducing a brand new series of highly-engaging first chapter books featuring our new favourite hero: Marv (and his robot sidekick, Pixel.)

Marv and the Mega Robot

Marvin is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa, reading comics, and making science experiments with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic . . . to his amazement, Marvin learns that he is next in a long line of superheroes. Now the time has come to meet his destiny!

When the Science Fair is thrown into chaos by super-villain Mastermind and her giant robot, Marvin is the only one who can stop them. Will Marvin be brave enough to step into his power-and into his superhero suit-to become the great and marvellous superhero Marv?

The first book in a powerful series of one boy’s journey to unlock the superhero within.

Marv and the Dino Attack

It’s an exciting day for Marvin and his classmates because they are visiting the Natural History Museum. Marvin and Joe can’t wait to see all those dinosaur skeletons up close, but they get more than they bargained for when supervillain Leo turns up and brings the Dino skeletons to life!

With the help of his loyal sidekick, a super-intelligent robot called Pixel, it’s time for Marvin to become superhero Marv.
Marv must use all of his newfound superhero skills if he wants to stop Leo and save his classmates from the gang of marauding dino skeletons running riot!

I think that emerging readers are absolutely going to love this hero-tastic new series. Both titles are full of laughs, excitement, and superhero hi-jinks aplenty. There are also the pervasive themes of kindness, resilience, and courage which thread through everything which Marvin does.

The well-spaced text and action-packed illustrations make this series the perfect read for anyone aged 5+ who’s looking for a wordier read alongside continuing to enjoy picture books. Paula Bowles’ illustrations use a limited colour palette to great effect and add so much to the text of the story.

Aside from being a secret superhero and regularly saving the day, Marv makes for a very relatable protagonist. Author, Alex Falase-Koya created him for the children who, like him, struggled to find to find black superheroes to look up to.

I can’t wait to read Marv’s next adventure – ‘Marv and the Pool of Peril.’ Coming soon…

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Oxford Children’s Books for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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