Wednesday, 11 April 2012


As someone who has been called a freak quite a few times (badge of honour) I have been intrigued by FREAKS (written by Caroline Smailes and Robert Mitchum Nik Perring, illustrated by Darren Craske) since I heard about it.

It's an invisible girl just in case
 you can't see her.
It's a selection of short stories featuring characters with unusual super powers; from a zombie hair dresser (look! she's there on the front, top right!) to a photocopying woman. Hold on, she doesn't just photocopy stuff, that'd be rubbish. She can duplicate herself. Such possibilities...

Sorry, drifted off there, so yeah, over 50 weird stories that twist the super power idea, helping you forget just how boring spider-man and Superman really are.

If you've got some ideas for super powers yourself you can tweet yourself into a competition to win some awesome prizes. Full details on Nik Perring's blog. I'm thinking I'd have wasps for eyes!

You can probably find FREAKS all over the place, but here are some links if you have to use the internet:

The Book Depository
Amazon Paperback
Amazon Kindle Edition

And as a special treat for you, here's a taster:

[Super Power: The ability to make oneself unseen to the naked eye]

If I stay totally still,
if I stand right tall,
with me back against the school wall,
close to the science room’s window,
with me feet together,
pointing straight,
aiming forward,
if I make me hands into tight fists,
make me arms dead straight,
 if I push me arms into me sides,
if I squeeze me thighs,
stop me wee,
if me belly doesn’t shake,
if me boobs don’t wobble,
if I close me eyes tight,
so tight that it makes me whole face scrunch,
if I push me lips into me mouth,
if I make me teeth bite me lips together,
if I hardly breathe,
if I don’t say a word.
I’ll magic meself invisible,
and them lasses will leave me alone.