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Dylan the Villain

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Clever, smart, diabolically fun story of kid supervillain.

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A rollicking fun story to tickle the inner villain who resides in us all, this book about a little supervillain getting good at his game is chock-full of humor in the very clever art and text. Readers will root for young Dylan as, in the pursuit of villainy, he makes household messes rivaling ones every kid makes and deals with, and they'll relate to the school rivalries. They'll also laugh at his parents, doting but dumbfounded as his supervillain invention leaves them literally in the dust. The story offers well-behaved kids a safe outlet to enjoy the fantasy of acting out. Since the villainy is silly and cartoony, they probably won't grow up plotting world domination.

Both the main little villains are white, but there are other little villains of color, and it's the girls who come out on top in this story, since supervillain Addison Van Malice is top in her class and constructs the biggest, baddest, most diabolical robot of all. Dylan just can't get ahead of her, even when he blasts her and her robot into space. There's so much humor in both the story and art that this book will continue to serve up pleasure over multiple readings.

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