Author: Kevin Estes
Grade Level: 2-5
Nikki is bummed when she finds out her best friend, Spencer, is going away for the summer with his dad. She has nothing to do and no one to do it with. Right when she thinks she’s doomed, she finds a Beaverpine, or correctly known as a Weeble, in a clearing in a forest. When her curiosity gets the best of her and she follows it into the woods, she’s introduced to the Weeble, who has a special gift for her, a treasure chest! Inside the chest are gloves, but not ordinary gloves, power-filled gloves. When she puts them on she possesses special powers, such as flying, becoming invisible, and stopping time.
Once she realizes what she’s been given, she rushes home to call Spencer, who just happens to be coming home early. Together, they discover the powers of the gloves and help the people of Cragglyville along the way. Don’t be mistaken, everything is not rainbows and butterflies. With every hero comes a villain. Nikki Powergloves’ villain just happens to be Jimmy Power…. See what Jimmy is capable of as this book unfolds.
What I Liked: This book has awesome written all over it. First off, Nikki is an all around good person. She’s loyal to her best friend, listens to her parents, and loves her dog. She’s your typical nine year old with a treasure chest of special powers. Second, once she’s received these powers she doesn’t turn into an instant pro. Instead she makes mistakes and learns from them. Third, she stands up for what is right. She doesn’t go to the dark side just to be like the other “power kids”. She follows her morals and sticks with Spencer, even though he doesn’t have super powers.
What Could Have Been Better: I know it isn’t a big deal, but I hated her costume! It took away from my enjoyment of this book. There’s no way people weren’t able to recognize her with only a braid covering her eyes! She didn’t like the idea of a fancy superhero costume, but at least make yourself unrecognizable! Silly, I know, but it kept frustrating me while reading!
Who Should Read This Book: Perfect for all middle elementary students. Although the main character is a girl, Spencer plays the best sidekick I’ve read in quite a long time, making this book five stars for both boys and girls. It’s for those that like a fantasy novel, but one that we believe might really happen one day. Anyone who’s ever sat bored over summer vacation, or even over a weekend for that matter, wishing something exciting would happen, will connect with this book….and I bet you’ll continue with the rest of the series too!