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How to Be a Supervillain: How to Be a Supervillain, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Silly, sweet, but slight send-up of heroes and villains.

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Michael Fry gets in on the "superheroes as working stiffs" genre with this giddy romp about a sweet boy raised by adoring parents who worry he isn't evil enough and send him off for villain training. How to Be a Supervillain is set in a world where heroes and villains have been reduced to has-been, semiretired pro wrestlers jeered as freaks but followed by eccentric fans.

Fry seems less interested in reining in the meandering plot than he is in having fun with superhero and villain conventions and cracking jokes about monologuing and ridiculous superpowers. He tries to give the story some moral depth with muddy philosophizing on good and evil, but the intended lesson is lost in the explosions, dust clouds, and messy stains of the action. It's superficial and slight but a fast and fun read for kids who like their humor super silly.

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