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?
Description taken from Goodreads.
First of all–one thing. Books with long titles. No. They’re a bother to read, a bother to type and a bother to ask/tell people about. Nevertheless, this book has an awesome title, and it was the title that initially drew me to read this book.
The tone of this is a lot like The Templeton Twins Have An Idea. It was annoying, frankly. I do have to admit though–at times it was endearing. The Templeton Twins Have An Idea (yet another long title) was not endearing in any way. I loved how this book took a sort of Dan Gutman approach to this. If you haven’t read Dan Gutman’s The Kid Who Ran for President series, I would highly recommend that you read that, especially if you ant to read this book. Jud is a lot more appealing and humorous. However, if you’re going for an even younger audience and you want to incorporate more ideals/lessons, you might want to go with this read.
While the tone is light in this book, some of the jokes are for the middle grade audience. However, I don’t think that this book would be very appealing to the YA audience.
“Crime is for poor people. You don’t need to rob the bank if you own it.”
The only thing that really brought this book down for me was Oliver himself. A lot of the things about him seemed dark, a little bit too dark for what Lieb was going for here. And in the end, I was confused about a lot of different aspects of the irony of it all as well as the bitterness surrounding Oliver. While I understand the things he went through, at the same time this is not a fun, light read. I think it will be enjoyable for it’s target audience, but the ending was confusing for me. I wasn’t sure what to take away from it. While I enjoyed it, I wished things could’ve been tied up a little better. 3 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 303