Ok, who doesn't get a kick out of a snarky narrator? You know the ones. They remind you that they are doing you a favor by simply existing in the book you are reading. They cry aghast at having to explain to you one more time why the main character must run away from the evil, bone-crushing monster that is terrorizing the innocent and hard-working townspeople. They remind you how intellectually stunted you are by defining words you probably already know, and by "stunted" I mean small, undersized or diminutive.
But without a doubt, these narrators are wonderful characters that add a certain snide charm to any book and create some laugh-out-loud moments for your children. So bring on the snarky narrator and provide your kids with books they won't want to put down.
Title: Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World
Author: Scott Seegert
Target: Grades 3-6
What this book is about:
This book is handbook written in the voice of Vordak the Incomprehensible. Keep in mind that he is an arrogant villain, whose tongue-in-cheek guide to ruling the world should be taken to the letter. From creating your evil name, picking out your super villain costume, finding your lair, to talking to your arch nemesis in cliches, he has the perfect advice for ruling the world!
Why I love it:
This book is just plain funny. I never stopped smiling while reading it, and I had to wait my turn; my kids wouldn’t give it up. Vordak is the perfect voice, with his diabolical plans given in the form of serious wisdom! The jokes are a bit repetitious, but I do have to say that they get funnier as the book goes on and remain clever to the end. Of course you have to love the irony that despite his egotism, Vordak is a completely unsuccessful villain.
Who this book is for:
Kids who liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid will enjoy this book. Lots of graphics and silly laughs. Great for reluctant readers because of the handbook format.
MUAHAHAHAHAHAH! (my evil laugh) Once your kids get their hands on this book, beware!
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