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Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World Hardcover – August 24, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1140L (What's this?)
  • Series: Vordak the Incomprehensible
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; First Edition edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840139
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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.

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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. Grades 5-8. --Hazel Rochman

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My kids thought it was the best book ever.
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A very funny book and well worth reading for anyone at any age!
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This is the funniest book I've read in a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on September 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Meet Vordak the Incomprehensible, the creation of lesser mortals Scott Seegert (author) and John Martin (illustrator). In his first book, Vordak addresses young readers with aspirations of supervillainy and world domination, although he regularly reminds them that they will never actually be as great as he is because no one possibly can be!

Yep, Vordak is a megalomaniac. He dedicates the book to himself, for example: "To me, without whom not a single one of my glorious accomplishments would have been possible." Then, in addition to Acknowledgments (of a sort), he offers Condolences: "I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to any other authors who have the misfortune to be releasing a book this year. As you are well aware, there is only so much attention to go around, and my book will rightfully be receiving the lion's share of it. Just so we are clear on this, I don't want to hear any whining."

Vordak is an expert at the kinds of things kids who like video games, fart jokes, and books along the lines of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will greatly appreciate. Vordak really covers the bases, offering advice on everything from supervillain costumes to how not to talk to your arch-nemesis in clichés.

His suggestions about lairs are especially good, beginning with the "Starter Lair," AKA your bedroom. Vordak includes an "Evil Lair Gradual Upgrade Chart" to show how he began his own career by turning his bedroom into a lair (using saved-up birthday money), next remodeling a tree house (financed by money earned mowing lawns) before moving on to a converted garage (paid for by bagging groceries at Smart Mart). Oh, and then there's Lair #4, a Geosynchronous Doomsday-Class Orbiting Space Station.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Great book I read it twice and loved it. It was funny by mixing words and reading upsidedown. I recemmend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are one millon positive things I could write about this book and -10000000000
negative things I could write. I've used a few techniques from the book myself. I shall let no one see/read it,(unless paying $[...]) or they could just go away and not get snapped into one of my slow acting death traps because they demanded it from me MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!So that is that. Well I'm not going to reveal the whole book to an imbecile like you so you can rule the world. No not even if you plead at my feet. You have to buy it yourself! I've read it tons of times over to get every exact detail right.

this review is by Sam age 10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Vordak the incomprehensible is one amazingly evil person. In this hilarious book, I got all the tips and details on exactly how to grow up and take over the world, all while laughing my guts out. I learnt how many minions, evil scientists, etc... that I need to be successful in the world domination business, so I, too can grow up and RULE THE WORLD!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2011
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The targeted age group for this book is noted as being between grades 4 and 8, but I got this book for my 1st grader and she adored it. There were some parts that definitely went over her head--but my husband and I enjoyed them immensely! Every night, we read a bedtime story to my daughter, and this is really the first chapter book that has held her attention throughout. Though we've read others that she liked, this is the first one where she didn't want to take a break in the middle, in order to read some picture books instead.

The novel is written as a set of instructions for taking over the world, with Vordak the would-be evil overlord serving as instructor. Vordak is a very funny, imaginative character whose suggestions are full of over-the-top hilarity. This book begs to be read in a suitably booming and commanding evil overlord voice. The witty writing is enhanced by clever and funny illustrations and mini-comics, which really help to highlight the flare of the book. I particularly enjoyed the diagramming of an entry-level slow-acting death trap, as well as the illustrations and descriptions of the various types of supervillain lairs.

One of my favorite things about this book was the vocabulary. Vordak has a very impressive command of the English language, and his descriptions are chock full of colorful, complex vocabulary words. I really like it when an author doesn't feel the need to talk down children, and uses sophisticated language, encouraging children to try to derive meaning from the context, or to seek it from another source. We had fun talking about some of the words with my daughter and explaining their meaning to her. As Vordak notes, it's important for a supervillain to have a suitably hefty vocabulary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willow on September 19, 2010
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Are you tired of being a namby-pamby? Do bullies kick sand in your face? Do you dream of ruling the world but haven't figured out how to do it? This book's for you. Vordak the Incomprehensible has deigned to write down his secrets for evil-doing and world domination. You'll learn how to "grow" the evil inside you; how to choose a gut-wrenchingly evil name; how to design your super-villain costume (only acceptable color: black); how to raise the money needed to achieve real, lasting, world-impeding evil; how and where to design your lair, and more.

This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. If you're a boy of 8 and up, you will almost certainly love this book. I'm many decades older and the opposite gender and I laughed out loud all the way through (apparently I have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy).

Haven't made up your mind yet? Here's some quotes:

"I demand that tremendous care be taken while reading my masterpiece. Wear only gloves made from the finest acid-free Ethiopian ibex hair when handling the book. No other clothing--just the gloves."

From the Evil Aptitude Exam:

"You spot a cat stuck in a tree. It has obviously been up there for quite some time and appears to be cold, hungry, and frightened. Without giving it a second thought, you:

a) run to the fire department to get help.

b) walk very slowly to the fire department to get help.

c) tap into your advanced knowledge of genetic engineering to create a tree-climbing pit bull."

Order soon, in case someone else ends up ruling the world instead of you!
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