I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lieb, executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, debuts with a novel about a class election that may appeal to his show's audience as well as middle-schoolers. Oliver Watson has known since infancy that his intellect is several cuts above average. At 12, he's the third richest person in the world, secretly running a global empire while pretending to be mentally vacant (imagine The Simpsons' Ralph Wiggum as a seventh-grader). Oliver's intellectual superiority is equaled by the meanness of his spirit. He enjoys secretly torturing his teachers and describes his adoring mother as “a shapeless, witless mass of mousy hair, belly fat, and boobs.” His pathological disdain for his father, who fondly recalls his own school electoral victory, fuels Oliver's decision to toss his hat in the ring—in order to show up Dad. The ample scatological humor is joined by a few jokes that will sail over the heads of actual seventh-graders, e.g., an aside about the work of Raymond Carver. But these won't keep readers from getting wrapped up in Oliver's malevolence and bile. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595142405
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Im 12 and i understand it...TRUST ME READ MY REVIEW

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    I would give, I am an Evil Genius and I Want to be Class Preside

    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.





    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Lol

    Amazing

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Idk what u guys r smokin

    But this book is amazing and hilarious. You guys must be on some crazy meds but i loved it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Great Weekend Fun Read

    It is difficult to NOT think of Stewie from the Family Guy TV series when reading the misadventures of Oliver. Although that doesn't detract from the uniqueness of the character, parallels will inevitably be drawn thanks to the characters obsessive hate/need his acceptance relationship with his father.

    This is a fun read and I made it through in one sitting. There are many chuckle worthy moments that help endear the reader to the supporting cast. Part of the charm of the story is in not knowing if this is the Oliver's actual reality, or his childish imagination gone awry.

    Oliver is your classic pseudo-villain in the making.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    Great but read my post before you buy-

    I loved the book, it was great.. but not as great as I expected...
    This book does not highlight him being a young genius. It's mostly about him trying to impress his dad.
    I would suggest reading- Evil Genius by cathrine Jinks (my fav book eva!)
    It's also about a genius child but with much more thrill and action and dont be fooled by the slow start.. Evil genius is amazing..

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2011

    Guess what... fans...

    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    awesome

    it is rele funny and interesting

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Hilarious!!!!!!!

    everyone will love it....... absolutley genius!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    A hysterical pre-teen novel.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Hahaha got to rs Hahaha got to read this

    This is a funny book you should read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    Still hysterical on re-reading

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Love it!!!

    This book is hilarious!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    lol

    it is so funny i love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Awesome Book

    This is a laugh out loud book about a genious mastermind

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Hilarious!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    perfect

    this is an awesome book. great for everything,very detailed

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Vipo&real

    Ggg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    So funny

    Its grea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    AMAZING HILLARIOUS AWESOME BEAST COOL GOOD READS

    So evil but calm its a great book for about ages 10+ or 11+

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