Monday, March 1, 2010

I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want To Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

Oliver Watson is one of the most powerful people in the world. Sure, he might look like your average elementary school student, and he might seem like he has below-average intelligence, but it's all just a cover. Really, he is a genius of unspeakable evil intent on controlling just about anything he wants. And, right now, what he wants is to be class president. It might take some international espionage, some blackmail, and some covert operations, but Watson has just one message for you: don't ever underestimate him.

I don't always pay attention to who gives blurbs for books, but this one, with reviews by Jon Stewart, Judd Apatow, and Mike Reiss on the covers, definitely convinced me to give the book a try. It's funny and clever, dark and a bit twisted, but always engaging. There are definite moments (where Oliver is questioned as to why he's trying so hard for his father's approval) of emotional honesty, and that grounds the book when it veers off into cartoon-like antics (but funny cartoon-like antics). At just over three hundred pages it might seem like a long book, but it reads very quickly, and the story format (with lots of footnotes and picture plates) was one that I enjoyed. It would be equally at home either in a middle grade or young adult collection.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Standing for Socks by Elissa Brend Wiessman
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Dodger for President by Jordan Sonnenblick
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

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