What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they'll find lots of pranks against students and teachers in this book, as well as plenty of sarcastic quips and negative words for others. But that's the brand of humor in this first kids book by one of the Daily Show executive producers, and in the end the book and the evil genius-main character show some heart.
What's the story?
Oliver is a 12-year-old genius and one of the richest people in the world. He lives undercover as a below-average student with his air-headed, coddling mother and self-involved father. When he's still a baby, Oliver sees that his father will only love him \ if he's intelligent. He doesn't want his intellect to be the feather in his father's filial cap, so he pretends to be dim and ridiculous. When his father fondly reminisces about his own election to the office of class president, Oliver decides to rob his father of his good memories by showing him that any idiot can become class president. Oliver proceeds to use intimidation, money, and blackmail in order to try to win the election.
Is it any good?
I AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT is funny and outlandish. Kids will love the dynamics of Oliver's double life as a tough, successful billionaire and a chubby, hapless dimwit. At the heart of it, Oliver just wants his father's love, but on his own terms, not as a reward for his supreme intelligence.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about father/son relationships. Oliver could have anything he wanted, but why was this election so important to him?
Why do you think Oliver didn't want "Daddy" to know the truth about his life as an evil genius?
Do you think Oliver hated "Daddy" as much as he said he did?
What was Oliver's motivation for trying to win the election?