Pizazz (Book Review)

Pizazz is a new middle grade book by Sophy Henn that we’ve been reading. We have loved the humour and comic-style illustrations of this book which is the first in a new series.


It’s a book about a child superhero called Pizazz and how she just wishes she was normal.  She comes from a family of superheroes, but as she aims to show us in the book it’s not easy being super.

Kids who love superheroes (and let’s face it, which kid doesn’t) will love meeting Pizazz and reading more about her adventures. We laughed at the challenges Pizazz faces, like having to wear a costume with a cape that is annoying because it flaps around her feet, trails in puddles and gets stuck in doors.


Her sister, Red Dragon, and her dog, Wanda from Mission Control, made us giggle a lot. Pizazz also showed us how difficult it is to balance school with late nights rescuing the world, missing out on fun stuff with her friends because she had to fight baddies, and being forced to live up to the expectations set by having world famous superhero parents.

We really enjoyed the comic-strip sequences and bold full-page illustrations which add to the authenticity of this being a book about a superhero.

Pizazz is available from bookstores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R180. It’s recommended for children aged seven to twelve years. You can check out a book trailer for Pizazz below:

Sophy Henn Pizazz Trailer from John Baker on Vimeo.

Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sharing this book with us.

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