Google+ Reading Teen: ARC Review of How To Grow Up & Rule the World by Vordak T. Incomprehensible & Bonus Review of BIG Nate: In A Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Sunday, July 25, 2010

ARC Review of How To Grow Up & Rule the World by Vordak T. Incomprehensible & Bonus Review of BIG Nate: In A Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: EgmontUSA (August 24, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1606840134

ISBN-13: 978-1606840139
How To Grow Up and Rule the World  by Vordak the Incomprehensible
MUAhahahahahahah! (Chuckle in a deep tone- while throwing your head back!) Go visit V's site. It's funny!
 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.)
What I thought about the book...
Genius. Purely genius. I was constantly laughing when reading this book. My only complaint is that it was not very long. So, what exactly did I think of this book? Well, I think it was... Jaw-dropping, page-turning, evil-teaching, diabolical-laughing (MUAHAHAHAHA!,) and awe-inspiring.
I have already started to learn from His Evil-Incomprehensibleness's teachings. I have already brought out my EVIL, gotten a jump start on my EVIL career (I am getting really good at tee-peeing houses,) have acknowledged that super heroes are big, fat, stupid jerks, have built my EVIL lair (The diobolicalness of it is incredible,) started to build a top-notch EVIL organization (Started to get henchmen and followers - little brothers are so easy to convince,) and started to put the pieces of an EVIL plan together.
I, Kolzor the Immensely Diabolical, will soon be taking over the world with Vordak the Incomprehensible at my side. Tremble in fear.


Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0061944343

ISBN-13: 978-0061944345

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
BIG Nate: In a Class By Himself  by Lincoln Peirce
From School Library Journal

Grade 4–6—Nate is a sixth grader who has a problem with organization. Everything is going wrong, and he's piling up detention after detention. Things start to improve when he gets a fortune cookie with a message stating that he will "surpass all others," giving him a purpose for the day and leading to humorous incidents such as when he tries to beat a speed record for eating green beans, and when he tickles his science teacher with a feather duster. This fully developed protagonist debuted in a comic strip; this is Peirce's first book about him, and it is a successful, laugh-out-loud venture. Readers meet a variety of characters, each with a unique personality or trait. Peirce's black-and-white ink illustrations, whether they are comics Nate has drawn or other funny images, help to develop the story. Big Nate will fill in gaps in collections that are looking for books for reluctant readers, and for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams) read-alikes.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL

From  Booklist

Unabashedly capitalizing on the Wimpy Kid wave (with a Jeff Kinney blurb-recommendation splashed across the cover), Peirce’s book, for a slightly younger audience, uses a mix of prose and cartoons to tell a quick story about a day in the life of an extroverted, impish kid. Peirce does have comics cred on his side: his hero, Nate, has been the star of a long-running daily comic strip. He is the classic clever kid who hates school and whose antics land him in ever-hotter water with grumbly teachers. On this particular day, he wakes up feeling fine, sweats a bit about an upcoming test, then opens a fortune cookie at school that reads, “Today you will surpass all others.” So, he dutifully goes about trying to best other kids at everything but seems to only have a knack for racking up detention slips. The cartoons provide plenty of gags at the expense of various adults and classmates, and Nate’s persistent good cheer and moxie make him a likable new proxy for young misfits. Grades 3-6. --Ian Chipman
What I thought about the book...
BIG Nate Books
This was a funny book. It really was a lot like the  Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
The whole book is the duration of one day about how Nate is trying to "surpass all others." This being known, it was not a long book. I would not call it a "great" book, seeing as it only took me a few hours to read.

This book was surely written for younger kids, maybe 9-12, although it was rather enjoyable for me. :) with this in mind, it was written for young kids, but, like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is enjoyable for a few older peoples.

~ Austin

*Both of these books were very clean! Perfect for boys.


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  2. I have a copy of VORDAK from BEA. I wasn't too intrigued, but your review has got me interested. See you ruling the world in five years!


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