Kid’s Book Review: Reggie Houser Has The Power

Kid’s Book Review: Reggie Houser Has The Power

About the Book and Author

Reggie Houser is not your average middle grader. His ADHD makes him “different” from the other children, and that can often lead to him feeling lonely and ostracised. He finds it arduous to make friends and often gets into trouble with his teachers even though he never MEANS to cause trouble. It seems like even his mum doesn’t understand him, and is often disappointed by his antics. Then one day, he goes to a holiday park and watches a hypnosis show and that changes his life forever.

While Reggie is watching the great hypnotist Michael Gareth perform, an unshakeable realisation dawns on him. He can unimpeachably turn his life around if he could learn mind control. He could hypnotise everyone around him to be more inclusive and kinder. Much to the chagrin of his mother, he resolves to dedicate his summer to learning mind control.

Can Reggie learn mind-control? Is this the start of a brand new adventure? Is he going to be able to turn the world around? Or is everything going to go catastrophically and horribly wrong?

Helen Rutter author

Helen Rutter lives in the countryside just outside Sheffield. Helen is the author of The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh , The Boy Whose Wishes Came True and The Funniest Boy in the World (also published by Scholastic).


Book Review

it is a brilliantly funny book, that touches on the very important subject of kindness

Reggie Houser Has The Power is a brilliantly funny book, that touches on the very important subject of kindness. Reggie feels that he needs to change himself, just to be accepted. Before I read this book, I didn’t know much about ADHD, but I was horrified to read how mean and awful children can be to other children. I wanted to go and give Reggie a ginormous bear hug and tell him everything will be ok. Throughout this book, Reggie tries to mould himself just so he is accepted, and on the path, makes some horrible choices and decisions. He alienates the people who care about him and befriends people who are nasty and horrid.

My favourite character was Lily, who despite her own shortcomings, supports Reggie unflinchingly. She is kind, generous and always helpful. She is imperfect, but the perfect friend.

This book made me laugh, but also made me emotional. I really enjoyed trying the “try this at home” tips and tricks on my dad.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Radhika
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Acting, guitar, maths, daydreaming and gymnastics
  • Dislikes: eating, running and loud noises
  • Favourite Book: Pages & Co by Anna James
  • Favourite Song: I Don't Like You by Taylor Swift
  • Favourite Film: Descendants