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


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  • 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: 9 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,447 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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This is the funniest book I've read in a long time.
Willow
For anyone who has ever cheered for the bad guy, wanted to know more about what makes him tick, or maybe even wanted to rule the world . . . this book is for you.
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A very funny book and well worth reading for anyone at any age!
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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 A Kid's Review on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
From This Kid Revies Books!

Are you mean, evil, ruthless.... all of the above? If you said "yes" to any of these then answer this question: Would you rather take over the world or just lay around while someone else does? Wait don't answer yet! I know what you will pick - Rule the world! Even I pick "rule the world" and I'm a nice guy!

In this book Vordak the Incomprehensible reveals everything you need to plan to take over the world MWAHAHAHAHAHA! You will learn how to pick your evil name, put together your evil lair and put your evil plan of world domination into place.

Who could ask for anything more?!?

This book is HILARIOUS!! The book makes it seem like an actual evil villan (Vordak) wrote it but really Scott Seegert did. The book was fun to read and would be good for some kids who maybe aren't too interested in reading (but maybe want to take over the world, MWAHAHAHAHAHA!) The illustrations are cool and detailed. Some parents might not "get" the humor about telling kids how to take over the world, but it is not at all violent, it's just funny! I don't know how I didn't find this book sooner, it came out in 2010, but I am glad I found it!

PLUS Vordak's next book -Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School is also out!
I give this book 5 out of 5 glorious book worms OF DOOOOOOOM!

Now excuse me....I have to go work on my world domination plan......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CCGal VINE VOICE on March 7, 2011
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This hilarious children's book (ok, I'm an adult and liked it, so what?) is a fun read on how to become a world ruler... and not get burned by your minions and inventions. The distinctly male world domination of this book makes it laughable and fun at the same time. Any young boy with any sense of humor will find himself laughing his way though the book... my 8 yr old son could be heard several rooms away when gasping for air between roaring laughter. That being said, this is not a short, comic book type read. This book is for boys serious about world domination and super hero squashing! If you want your child to grow up and rule like Lex Luthor, Megamind, or Syndrome (from the Incredibles)with a distinct air of almost won, then this is the book for you. Homeschool your child in the best of the worst. Individual profiles on minions, training of minions, and how to dispose of useless minions (aren't they all?) will help your child complete their education of superhero bad guy-ism. This is a funny book that well read elementary and middle school boys will enjoy.
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