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Format:
Title:
How to grow up and rule the world
ISBN:
9781606840139

9781606840825
Publication Information:
New York : Egmont USA, ©2010.
Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Glorious me! -- Bringing out the EVIL -- SUPERHEROES: Noble upholders of justice or big, fat, stupid jerks? -- The EVIL lair -- Building a top-notch EVIL organization -- Instruments of EVIL -- The EVIL plan -- Congratulations, you rule the world! Now what?
Summary:
Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy. From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents' basement in Trenton, New Jersey). With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces. In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.).
Reading Level:
Ages 9 up.

Middle School.

1140 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 7.7.

Reading Counts! 6.4.
Added Author:
Electronic Access:
http://www.vordak.com/
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J FIC SEEGERT 2011
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Summary

Summary

Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one), and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy.

From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents' basement in Trenton, New Jersey).

With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces.

In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.)


Author Notes

Scott Seegert lives in Michigan with his family.  He is the author of one book for adults.  This is all of the information that Vordak will allow us to share.  Please visit him online at www.scottseegert.com. Visit Vordak online at www.vordak.com.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Evil mastermind Vordak the Incomprehensible shares his "evilosity" with aspiring supervillains in this hilarious spoof on superheroes. His comical narration features over-the-top self-congratulation matched by supreme contempt for readers and everyone else. He applies that bravado with great comic effect, sharing evil insights on everything from "choosing the lair that's right for you" to the four basic options for costume color: "dark black, black, light black, and dark dark dark dark gray." Each section goes beyond obvious jokes to explore all possible angles of satire. The "Bringing Out the EVIL" chapter, for instance, includes evil laughter tips, evil manners, "three ways to make your little brother look like an idiot," and a description of Santa Claus as an evil genius. Comical black-and-white cartoons on nearly every page extend the humor. Many, like the "lemon-based-beverage" stand, work as stand-alone jokes. Vordak's distinctive voice, peppered with alliteration typical of the genre, remains fresh and funny throughout. Pop-culture references and varied elements of grossness are sprinkled in regularly, along with 15 "commandments of incomprehensibility" and repeated references to "diabolically clever yet slow-acting death traps," which get funnier each time. So does the ironic fact that despite his egotistical rants, Vordak is actually a completely unsuccessful supervillain. The humor, subject matter, and visual appeal should make this a top choice for fans of Jeff Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) and Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) as well as any readers who enjoy superheroes without taking them too seriously.-Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Writing as the ultra-evil Vordak the Incomprehensible, Seegert offers a comical step-by-step guide to world domination. With a hyperbolically inflated self-image and no shortage of bathroom humor, Vordak guides readers through such topics as how to choose a costume ("the more flamboyant the better"), build a lair, and acquire enough minions to build a top-notch evil organization ("At times they can be difficult to control, but at their best they can be a relentless plague upon civilization"), all of which are paired with Martin's appropriately cartoonish artwork. Seegert gives Vordak a voice so magnetic and absurd that readers, especially young male ones, are going to soak up his warped wisdom like a sponge and circulate it at recess, even as Vordak insults them with admonishments like, "You are just a sniveling, whiny little goober, after all." No one is going to rule the world after reading Vordak's farcical directives, but readers will have a grand time turning pages to see what outlandish thing he'll say or suggest next, while perfecting their own villainous laughs. Muahahahaha! Ages 8-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

Arch-villain Vordak the Incomprehensible leads readers through a detailed tutorial of how to take over the world. Vordak's sarcastic and dismissive tone will greatly amuse youngsters familiar with the superhero genre. There's no narrative, but readers will gladly stick with it to the end, hoping Vordak will hand over the world to them for finishing. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Crude and irreverent, this fictionalized self-help manual calls on kids to embrace their inner evil and go after those stupid, morally upstanding jerks in power (adults). Amplifying the cheeky fun are instructions, advice, anecdotes, rhymes, charts, and cartoon illustrations for destroying the planet and putting together a deadly organization capable of wreaking havoc on humanity. This is really the same scenario over and over, but many middle-schoolers will enjoy that they can open up to any page and find lots of discussion about vomit, farts, boogers, and poop, as well as coverage of elaborate assassination apparatus, described with wordplay and alliteration: instructions for tying a victim to a conveyor belt include the phrase, gaze gleefully as he glides towards his grisly good-bye, for instance. Puns are frequent: Hal Itosis, Aunty Social. And some of them are sure to offend: Special Ed. But whether it is the ad for putting up a little brother for adoption or the fantasy of punishing those in authority, the over-the top parodies tap into kids' wild fantasies.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist