"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, February 07, 2011


So I know I gave away an ARC of this over the summer, but I hadn't yet read it until this past week. I run a fourth grade boys' book club, and one of the kids suggested we read this book. My son read it first and kept trying to read me parts that made him laugh. I thought "yeah, yeah, I'm sure it's good. I'll read it soon."

And then I read it.

And I busted out laughing I'm not sure how many time.


Vordak is freaking hilarious. He has this perfect "rule the world" attitude and glosses over his failures with such ease it makes we want to rework my life and be more like him. I'm nowhere close to fourth grade, but even at my mature (*cough, cough*) age, I loved this book.
I can't recommend it enough for boys third grade and up, fans of the WIMPY KID books. Do your kid a favor and look for VORDAK today!

The book trailer which is equally humorous:

From Amazon:

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.)

Jessica Lee Anderson, VORDAK, and me at BEA this past summer!


Miriam S. Forster said...

You know me, I'm always down for world domination. Does it come with minions?

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing. The picture of you is gorgeous.

Danyelle said...

My son loved this! I'm a little worried...:p

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I am off to order a copy for my 3rd grader right now! :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Miriam, it covers minions in full. I've chosen mine to be the animatronics from It's a Small World :)

Ah, that you, Natalie! So funny because I felt really ill that day.

Danyelle, every single boy in book club loved it. So at least they're all the same.

You won't be sorry, Shannon! He'll be the coolest kid in 3rd grade for having it.

Miriam S. Forster said...

Wow, those would be creepy minions. Reeally creepy...

*goes glassy-eyed* *sings "It's a Small World" over and over and over*

PJ Hoover said...

creepy yet oddly endearing, Miriam :)