Mia Mayhem #2: Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly! – Kara West

Illustrations – Leeza Hernandez

We first met Mia in Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! when she learned she was a superhero and was going to the PITS – the Program for In Training Superheroes.

Mia has already learned the quick-superhero-change trick but now she needs to learn to fly, which sounds incredible but Mia is afraid of heights. I’d expected this book to focus on Mia’s fear and learning to overcome it but it seemed a bit too easy for me. She is distracted by mayhem when she’s flying and has help from an advanced flyer so that helped.

The kids who read this series most likely haven’t come across all of the superhero tropes before but I couldn’t help rolling my eyes when Mia’s best friend doesn’t recognise her because she’s wearing her superhero suit. I guess if it works for Batman and Superman then there’s no reason it shouldn’t work for Mia though.

Mia does learn about teamwork in this book and it’s lovely to see friends helping one another.

I’m definitely not the target audience for this series so I’m not sure how much my opinion counts but after really enjoying the first book in the series I’m not as keen to keep reading them. I might be expecting too much. For kids around this age group I much preferred Ailsa Wild’s Squishy Taylor series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

When Mia gets placed in a beginner’s flying class with kindergarteners, she struggles and is ready to give up! But luckily, with help from her best friend, Eddie, and the superschool’s most talented flier, Mia finally learns how to get off the ground.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Mia Mayhem chapter books are perfect for emerging readers. 

Mia Mayhem #1: Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! – Kara West

Illustrations – Leeza Hernandez

Spoilers Ahead!

Mia Macarooney is having a super day. She’s just found out she has superpowers and comes from a family of superheroes; her mother can fly and her father can talk to animals and repair objects by shooting lasers out of his hands. Now Mia’s going to the PITS – the Program for In Training Superheroes.

This is a fun chapter book with illustrations on most pages. In this book you meet Mia’s parents, Chaos (her cat) and her best friend Eddie. I loved the imaginative names of the people Mia meets at the PITS, including Dr Sue Perb, Professor Stu Pendus and Professor Dina Myte.

I found a couple of plot points a bit questionable but I doubt I would have noticed these as a kid. Wherever this family live their postal service must be terrible because Mia’s letter from the PITS arrived three years late even though the PITS Academy is located in the seemingly abandoned warehouse right next to her school. Also Mia and the other superheroes arrive to the PITS building in their superhero costumes which I imagine would be very obvious to the rest of the community considering its location.

I would have adored this book as a kid and I’m plan on reading more of this series to see Mia learning to use her powers.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Meet Mia Macarooney, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret in this first chapter book in the brand-new Mia Mayhem series!

Mia Macarooney is a regular eight-year-old girl who finds out that she’s A SUPERHERO! Her life literally goes from totally ordinary to totally super when she’s invited to attend the afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes, a.k.a., THE PITS! And the crazy thing is, in a weird meant-to-be sort of way, all of this news somehow feels super right. Because all her life, Mia thought she was just super klutz … but it turns out, she’s just SUPER! So now, it’s up to Mia to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity as she learns how to be the world’s newest superhero!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Mia Mayhem chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.