I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President

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by Josh Lieb
     
 

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Family Guy meets Election in this hilarious young adult debut!

Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson’s got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver’s a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he’s used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then

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Family Guy meets Election in this hilarious young adult debut!

Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson’s got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver’s a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he’s used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver’s father—and archnemesis—makes a crack about the upcoming middle school election, and Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. He’ll run, and he’ll win! Turns out, though, that overthrowing foreign dictators is actually way easier than getting kids to like you. . . Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, all in time to impress his dad?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—Lieb's first novel is a comedy/sci-fi fantasy about Oliver Watson, an overweight 12-year-old from Omaha, NE, who fools his family and classmates into thinking that he is slow-witted when in fact he is the world's third-richest person. He overthrows foreign dictators, owns corporations, is a successful inventor and investor, and is on the way to attaining his goal of world domination. This evil supergenius, who makes Artemis Fowl look ready for sainthood, has the appeal of a cartoon villain. His father and arch nemesis is too involved in running a local PBS affiliate and too uninvolved in his son. What Oliver really wants is his dad's approval and attention. He decides that the way to get this is to win the election for president of the eighth-grade class at Gale Sayers Middle School. Lieb perfectly captures the wise-guy sarcasm and trash mouth of a seventh-grade evil genius. Readers will love the sci-fi/fantasy touches, from Oliver's elaborate underground lair to the transmitter implanted in his jaw and his installing root beer and chocolate milk at the school's water fountain (of course, only he knows how to make it work). The format—short blurbs of text interspersed with humorous black-and-white photos—will appeal to reluctant readers. Although the book has as little subtlety as its title, certainly the theme of a boy wanting his father's love is a universal one. This is a book kids will be talking about.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Kirkus Reviews
Beneath 12-year-old Oliver Watson's bumbling persona lurks the mind of a supervillain-cold, devious and focused on winning a middle-school election. In his attempt to corrupt the democratic process, Oliver blackmails the other candidates, meddles with a burgeoning relationship and stages an African coup, all with the help of his loyal dog, Lollipop, and his front man, Lionel Sheldrake. Gross-out humor, heavy machinery and a periphery romance will appeal especially to male readers. Oliver is calculating and humorous, quickly engaging readers as they learn about his extravagant plots and immense empire. The incompetent adults that populate the pages are elevated only just above stock characters but are ideally suited to the narrative. Though Oliver's conflict with his father is layered and well crafted, the saccharine resolution cheapens it slightly. Similar to Artemis Fowl but without the supernatural element, Lieb's creative and twisted first novel gets a positive vote. (Fiction. 10-14)
From the Publisher
"If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it." – Jon Stewart

“Josh Lieb is on one of the great brave journeys in American literature. Or maybe he just signed my name to a blurb he wrote. Either way, you have to admit he’s brave. And the book is hilarious.” – Judd Apatow

“Pitch perfect…Every kid who’s ever felt put upon, misunderstood, and, let’s admit it, infinitely superior to his or her peers will laugh out loud as they enter Oliver’s hilarious secret world…” – BCCB, starred review

"Lieb perfectly captures the wise-guy sarcasm and trash mouth of a seventh-grade evil genius...This is a book kids will be talking about." – School Library Journal

"Similar to Artemis Fowl but without the supernatural element, Lieb's creative and twisted first novel gets a positive vote." – Kirkus

“Beware, kids: Once your parents pick it up, they won’t be able to put it down. (Guilty as charged.)” – New York Post

“Walter Mitty for teenagers, especially those who do not fit in. They will become huge fans of this book.” – VOYA

“Josh Lieb has set literature back a hundred years.” – Daniel Pinkwater

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101150931
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
416,029
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

Mike Reiss
"In a battle between evil and good, Oliver Watson would mop the floor with Harry Potter!"--(Mike Reiss, former Executive Producer of The Simpsons)
Jon Stewart
"If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it."
Judd Apatow
"Josh Lieb is on one of the great brave journeys in American literature. Or maybe he just signed my name to a blurb he wrote. Either way, you have to admit he's brave. And the book is hilarious."

Meet the Author

Josh Lieb is the Emmy-winning co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has worked on such shows as The Simpsons and Newsradio. This is his first YA novel. He lives in New York City with his wife, Beata, and their dog, Lollipop

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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Jennie Emmert More than 1 year ago
Gosh! This book is good, but people(In their reviews), are saying that meanings and words in this book can't be understood by people 15 and under...I'm 12 and understand all words people have used as examples(ex.-carcass,assailant). I'm not saying anything personally against them,(people and their reviews), nor am I calling them liars. I just believe they are...misinformed. HAR, I just used something frome the book. Seriously... I did...Double HAR.Trust me, this book is actually better for teens/'preteens', than adults. Good book. Read it. The best part is how realistic(If the situation happenend), the book is. O.K I know that was a long review, but I,m done now. READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But this book is amazing and hilarious. You guys must be on some crazy meds but i loved it.
Great-Book-Reader More than 1 year ago
I would give, I am an Evil Genius and I Want to be Class President by Josh Lieb, a four out of five star review. The reason for my review is because this book has an outstanding character development and plot line development while the story adds wit and laughs. For example the plot is always introducing adding new twists and turns and even though the story is nothing like your life, in that the main character in a billionaire at age 13 and is evil in the ways of Stewie from Family Guy, but is always a bit like you in some way. As to Anonymous’ review were she said, “book cannot be understood by a 10 or 11 year old unless read to by a parent.” I would have to say this is untrue. I feel that you are underestimating pre/teens. Yes the vocab. is complex but the sentences around the complex word can help you understand the word. This book compared to some other teen books is actually not too wordy. (Try reading The Odyssey that is wordy!) Another reason you are greatly underestimating pre/teens is because you say the story line is to complex. In my opinion the story line is rather simple I mean it is obvious that he is not lying it is clear that he does have a house under his house the author makes this clear by describing him in the underground house and him leaving the underground house. I feel it could not get any more clear then just the plain explanation of him leaving and entering the underground house. Another thing that makes the story line understandable is that the point of view it is written in (1st person) the point of view makes it so that you can clearly see his interactions with his obvious minions that he talks to. I feel that the author leaves no room for a person to interpret that the main character has envisioned the whole thing. I believe the greatest character is Oliver, who is the main character. The reason this is true is because he reminds me of an older Stewie from Family Guy. This makes the story more enjoyable because while reading the story I can just imagine the Family Guy cartoons coming to life through the words. Another reason that Oliver is the best is because he is so well developed and you can really imagine everything about him. The last reason he is the best character is because he adds great hummer to the story that really creates a great story. “My life is a torture chamber of Ironies” is by far the best quote in the book. The reason for this is well it is just amazing. This quote has so much depth and meaning that it really just spoke to me as I read the novel. Another reason this quote is amazing is because it was a great descriptor in the story for the time. I felt the moment I read that quote this book I had to finish just so I could read more of Oliver’s amazing quotes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I havent (but am going to) read this book because I wanted to see what new movies i should look forward too... and guess what... this is going to be a movie (2013) cant wait to read!!
Ann Robinson More than 1 year ago
it is rele funny and interesting
Brady Sack More than 1 year ago
everyone will love it....... absolutley genius!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read this book as a twelve year old and found it while perusing the store. This book is so relatable due to the humor of the story. I suggest you read it if you come across this review, and as for the people who disagree with my opinion, they really should try reading the book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a funny book you should read it.
AmiSegna More than 1 year ago
Those who don't think this is appropriate for/comprehensible by ten-year-olds, don't deal with many ten-year-olds. That's my job. They aren't as dumb as you seem to want to make them out to be, and the ones around here are enjoying the heck out of this book. I'm excited to hear it's going to be a movie, I hope they do it justice!
Marisa Cherry More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
it is so funny i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a laugh out loud book about a genious mastermind
hoodreader More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It was funny and creative. Josh Lieb made Oliver Watson come alive. Though a slightly easy read, the content is made for middle school readers. This modern story is about and told by Oliver, the evil 6th grade genius, who doesn't want anyone to know he is a genius, so he acts slow. Oliver has his eyes set on ruling the world, and the first step is to become Class President. Only he didn't know that getting elected would be so difficult! I highly recommend this book to pre-teens, and anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
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Ggg
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Its grea
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So evil but calm its a great book for about ages 10+ or 11+
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Divalalake More than 1 year ago
I originally got the audiobook from the library. I listen to books in my car and it's led me to find some fabulous authors. This kid if real would truly rule the world. The imagination to come up with his world has to be fantastic. I bought the book because I knew as soon as my son was old enough, he'd love to read it. Of course, once I did, I had to re-read it again. It didn't lose any of its charm, fun or humor. I sincerely want a sequel to this!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the funniest i have ever read, you can't find many books like this.
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This was a fantastic book the kid reminded me of myself. It played out unexpectedly with the father i thought the author crafted the charecters perfectly