Incredibles 2 Readalikes

Wikipedia’ Description: Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to The Incredibles (2004) and the second installment of the franchise. The story follows the Parr family as they try to restore public’s trust in superheroes while balancing their family life, only to combat a new foe who seeks to turn the populace against all superheroes.

Readalikes for ages 8-12

Appeals: Action-adventure, family dynamics, superheroes/heroines

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

Amazon’s Description: A light and funny book about two warring superhero families — one noble, the other villainous — and what happens when the three newest members (two “good” Bailey brothers, ages 12 and 13, and one “evil” Johnson girl, 13) learn that the powers they’ve been given are all but worthless.

Crossover AppealThe Incredibles isn’t just a straight superhero tale . . . rather, it’s about kids finding their place in a world (and within a family) much bigger than them — with the weight of its expectations baring down on them as they navigate high-stakes ups and downs.

 

Sidekicked by John David Anderson

Amazon’s Description: Thirteen-year-old superhero sidekick-in-training Drew “The Sensationalist” Bean must overcome his not-so-superpowers and become the hero everyone needs when a supervillain, The Dealer, returns to Justicia.

Crossover Appeal:  Like budding superheroes Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack (the children of the Parr family at the heart of The Incredibles franchise), Drew is trying to figure out how to best use his powers, but with the added drama of hiding his sidekick life from his parents.  Lots of high-octane plot twists keep readers interested.

 

Judd Winick’s “HiLo” series

Amazon’s Description: D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But Hilo isn’t! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a BAD idea!)… But UH-OH, what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of Hilo’s past? Can Hilo SURVIVE a day at school?

Crossover Appeal:  The graphic novel format not only makes it more visually similar to The Incredibles movies and a quick read for reluctant/inexperienced readers, but the mystery of HiLo’s provenance and his out-of-this-world powers gives the series a movie-style suspense.

 

Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series

Amazon’s Description: Two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys’ luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own superhero creation.

Crossover Appeal:  Another graphic novel for the list with absolutely silly, potty (sometimes literally) humor that makes for a fast-paced read that prioritizes the kids’ own narrative perspective with an illustration style that is non-threatening enough to younger artists interested in creating their own comics.

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