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The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery (St Viper's School for Super Villains #1)

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In St Viper's School, to be bad is good, and World Domination is lesson one. Demon Kid wants to be the best super villain student, but bullying seniors attack. Between classes in sinister science and fighting with flames, he needs to prove his evil genius, if he can just survive till the end of term. Ages 7+.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Squawk Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jo Danilo
Sep 25, 2012 Jo Danilo rated it it was amazing
I read this to my two boys. They were always clammering for 'one more chapter', and they wanted to write their own reviews.

Felix, aged 10:
"I thought it was excellent. I loved how you did the opposite of things, like instead of 'keep up the good work' you put 'keep up the bad work'. My favourite characters were Wolfgang and Mr Awesome."

Hector, aged 7:
"I loved your book so much and my favourite caricter was Wolfgang!!! My favourite part was when Demon was fiting (fighting) the R0K rodots. And I'd
Dec 23, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
I would never have read this book, except that the author, Ms. Donovan, asked for a review. I preface my review with this fact for two reasons:

1. Full disclosure and all that, and

2. I'm pretty excited that I'm suddenly this important.

So now that I got that milestone out of the way, I shall review.

It took me a while to get into the flow of the story-- it's aimed at the 7-9 year old set, with almost no crossover appeal to older readers. I generally don't bother with these types of kids' books, for
Laura the Highland Hussy
Sep 17, 2012 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction?

My 7 year old daughter's review:

"I like it. The pictures are cool, especially in color. I want more pictures though. But the bad guys were funny. My favorite part was where he said Werewolf Alert."

My review:
This was a fun take on Supers-this time we have school for the super villains. If anyone ever saw that movie Sky High it reminded me of that-where they fly to a school especially for Super Villains and they have normal school behavior. There are the cool kids, the
Nov 20, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: The author, Ms. Donovan, gave me a copy of this and asked me to review it some eons ago. I thank her for the book and her patience as it kept getting buried under my grad school reading, but I have FINALLY GOTTEN HERE and read it and will review it as impartially as I know how.

I am not, to be clear, the targeted reader for this series, being nowhere near 7-10 years old. I do, however, occasionally write kids' stories, read kids' stories, and hang out with my friends who have kids who
An Odd1
Dec 22, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fun, fan
Eagerly looking forward to more in the series. Language is easy and engaging, thankfully never overly simple condescending. Kobo has small black and white drawings.

Adobe Digital Editions are color. I'd love to see full-size paper book explosive cartoons. Delightfully menacing hilarious color (inexact) depictions by Petherick Button (is that a real name or alias?) starts with the cast of ten - yellow V emblems, not black side stripes and snake buckles of te
Dec 02, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Beth

St. Vipers School for Super Villains: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery does everything a fantastic young readers’ book should do. It’s hilariously funny, has an easy to follow yet climactic plot and some really believable, likeable and admirable characters.

More than anything The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery is great fun and it’s definitely one I’ll read to my daughters when they’re a bit older. It is great fun that at St. Vipers kids are expected to be as evil as possible, rather tha
Oct 15, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it
St Viper’s School for Super Villains is about Demon, a young boy who is in his first year at the school. He wants to be the best super villain at St Viper’s but is up against many challenges including Chill, a senior-year boy with extraordinary freeze powers, who takes every opportunity to make him look weak. However this encourages Demon to prove to the staff at St Viper’s that he is an arch criminal just like his dad.

When Chill and his sidekicks steal a top secret invisibility spray and bring
Aaron Campling
Oct 10, 2012 Aaron Campling rated it it was amazing
St Viper's School for Super Villains: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery is a fantastic book by Kim Donovan about a young boy named Demon who is desperate to follow in his father's footsteps as one of the greatest super villains of all time. The story begins with Demon's first day at St Viper's School for Super Villains; a school located inside a volcano and whose motto is 'May the Best Baddie Win!'. The story follows Demon as he makes new friends and attempts to live by that motto.

The school's hea
Oct 08, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Demon Kid wants to be just like his father, the best villain that he can be. To accomplish his goal, he is sent to the St. Viper's School where he will receive training from such vile, venomous, and despicable teachers as Mr. Madness, Dr. Super Evil, Dr. Plutonium and Vera Vile. Demon quickly lands himself in trouble with the school bad guy "Chill" and his gang of misfits. When Chill steals a rocket, Demon with the help of some new friends hopes to develop a dastardly plan to steal back the rock ...more
May 19, 2013 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: The author asked if I would review her book, I get nothing but a free PDF copy, so no bias here. I probably wouldn't have read this book otherwise but I think it would be perfect for the 6-10 yro camp.

Generally I like to take notes as I read certain books, especially when I intend to review them in some way. So the fact that half of my notes just read ‘lol!’ says something about this little book. It has plenty of humor, especially the kind children seem to love. The writing is also e
Jan 02, 2013 Shazzer rated it really liked it
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Being bad has its own rewards, and the realm of juvenile literature has been taking advantage of this axiom a lot lately. In The Merits of Mischief by T.R. Burns, pranks and misbehavior rules at Kilter Academy, and in the Vordak series, being bad is not just a perk, it’s a demand. New to this trend of underhanded heroes is St. Viper’s School for Super Villains by Kim Donovan, the first installment of which is entitled The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery.

Demon Kid has a
Cheryl M-M
Feb 23, 2013 Cheryl M-M rated it really liked it
A school where you can take classes on world domination with teachers called Dr Super Evil, I can see that catching on.
The plot is simple, villain against super heroes, except for the small fact that in this story the good guys are a certain group of villains and they have to fight off the another group of student villains. Where do the super hereos come in you ask? Well they don't really because our good guys are busy doing their job. Saving the world whilst seeking world domination. See the co
Kendell Jordan
Dec 15, 2012 Kendell Jordan rated it really liked it
See all of my book reviews at Kenn's Reviews .

This children’s book will be an exciting adventure for any elementary – junior high child. I feel Kim made an excellent merger of the X-Men and an evil version of Sky High. This is the first book of Demon’s adventures at St Vipers and even as an adult I would like to see how his Super Villain life turns out.

Demon Boy is the son of famed villain Demon King and finds he has a lot to live up to when he starts as a first year at St Viper’s. He soon lea
Dec 12, 2012 Ruhama rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
(really 3 stars)
Demon Kid has started his first year at Villain School, and managed to make an enemy on the trip to the secret volcano that houses the school. But that's not the only thing on Demon's mind: his father is the world famous Demon King and he fears he won't be able to live up to his father's reputation. In fact, as the days pass, Demon finds that he's having trouble with his powers: either he can't control them, or worse, he can't activate them. How is he to make a name for himself (
Jan 08, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Harry Potter has been all the rage for years since the books appeal to both adults and youngsters. Several other series have walked on the back of Harry to success. However, what about kids who want the same kind of adventures but aren’t old enough for any of the series and are a little too old (and “cool” – that dates me, doesn’t it?) for things like Boxcar Kids and Captain Underpants? Kim Donovan has taken a giant step towards filling that hole with the beginning of her new series, St. Viper’s ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Suz rated it liked it
This is a book that I could easily booktalk to my classes. Several of my students came to mind as I was reading. The setting of the story in a school, the first year students meeting up on the trip to the school, the presence of other students who are bullies, the pressure to live up to a parent's reputation - are all very reminiscent of Harry Potter. The fact that this book is much shorter than the Potter books is a plus for students who enjoyed the movie adventures of Harry and his friends, bu ...more
Simon Turney
Sep 02, 2012 Simon Turney rated it really liked it
Clearly, I'm not the target audience for St Viper's, but I would still recommend it to everyone with a kid in the target age group.

The story is very much a fast-paced super-heist story mixed with a traditional underdogs coming out on top in training story. The text is fired at the reader in a staccato gunburst of fun, which should suit the reader perfectly and is accompanied by a series of illustrations that, though I initially thought might be too cgi for me, were actually perfectly suited and
Cindy Hudson
Feb 25, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it liked it
Demon Kid has a lot to live up to. His dad, Demon King, is a well known super bad super villain, and Demon Kid would like nothing better than to follow in his footsteps. So he’s excited to be headed off to his first year at St. Vipers School for Super Villains, where he not only hopes to harnass his powers but also to meet other kids like him.

He’s happy to make other friends right away, including a girl who can stretch her body over long distances, a boy who can shrink himself to the size of an
Dec 22, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
I think supervillains are better than superheroes. (For the record, GoodReads does not agree as "superheroes" is accepted but "supervillains" gets the 'not a real word, you idiot' red squiggly line under it.) They get to do bad things, be mean and push boundaries. They can cause mischief and mayhem. And the weapons are always so much cooler. In the end, though, the supervillain always has a fatal flaw that leads to their downfall. They stop to explain the nefarious scheme, they are outwitted by ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Summary Demon is just trying to fit in at his new school. Only this is no ordinary school and Demon is no ordinary boy. He is the son of super villain Demon King and his school is St Viper’s School for Super Villains. He just wants to make his parents proud. But before he even arrives at school, Chill the bully has singled him out for his attention. And his fire power never seems to work the way he wants. When Chill and his gang steal a rocket ship, Demon and his friends create a plan to steal i ...more
Sandra Stiles
Jun 18, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Imagine going to school inside a volcano where you learn to be bad, and get extra points for being extra bad. That’s right, you get to take classes such as World domination taught by Dr. Super Evil, The Super Simulator in the evil hands of Vera Vile and Sinister Science by Professor Plutonium. Well, If you attended St. Viper’s School For Super Villains you would be doing that and much more.
Demon Kid is one of the lucky attendees along with his friends Stacey Stretch, Wolfgang, a young werewolf,
Sep 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
St. Viper’s School for Super Villains

by Kim Donovan

4 Stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780957130005
Publisher: Squawk Books
Publication date: 2/8/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Summary (Spoilers unintentional, but be warned anyways):
Demon is on his way to his first year at St. Viper’s School for Super Villains. His father, Demon King, is one of the baddest super villains, so Demon Boy has big shows to fill. On the way there, he meets Stretch, another first year th
Apr 26, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it
My first impression of this book is that it reminds me of "Sky High," the Disney movie about the high school for superheros. But I can't really call it a clone. It's definitely not a Harry Potter clone either. At St. Viper's School, the students are kicked out if they aren't evil enough and are encouraged to do evil things like steal and cause mayhem although vaporizing the teachers is expressly prohibited.

The main character Demon Kid is the son of a famous supervillain but doesn't seem to meas
Kathy Davie
Sep 14, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy, funny
Review source: Author

First in the St. Viper's School for Super Villains fantasy series for children. It revolves around a righteous group of four newbies to the school, determined to succeed yet clashing with the desire to help each other.

My Take
It was fun to read the other side's viewpoint! A school for super villains where everyone is encouraged to be as bad as possible. No punishments! Instead you get points for naughtiness. And yet, the four who gang together help each other out. It's an int
Dec 17, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a light read with definate potential.
Recommended to Robin by: Kim Donovan
This was a very well written and entertaining book.

Synopsis: Fantasy series for 7+ readers. The series is set in St Viper's School where it's good to be bad. And World Domination is lesson one. Demon Kid wants to be the best super villain at St Viper's but he's in for a fight. Between masterclasses in sinister science and fighting with flames, he needs to prove to everyone he's an evil genius. Now, if he can just survive till the end of term . . .

My Interpretation: This is a light, thrilling boo
Andrew Fish
Dec 24, 2012 Andrew Fish rated it really liked it
Like other reviewers, I was asked by Kim to have a look at her book. No problem with that - it's a very proactive approach to take as long as she's happy for reviewers to be honest.

The difficulty, of course, is that I'm not in the target market, being a wee bit older than 7-11, so I tried to keep that in mind as I read the book, fighting the impulses to think of things as childish or to evaluate the book as if it were for an adult. It's not easy - I was reading classics and factual material when
Michelle Isenhoff
Dec 26, 2012 Michelle Isenhoff rated it it was amazing
This book is funny, perfect for young readers, and truly unique. It’s all about raising up villains, not heroes. But don't worry, it’s written with a full measure of humor that keeps the tone lighthearted and silly.

St. Viper’s is a secret boarding school set within the cone of a volcano where hopeful young villains study subjects such as “World Domination” and “Sinister Science.” Together, the team of wicked teachers works to create “an elite team—a Syndicate of Supreme Evil, heh-heh—a force of
Greta is Erikasbuddy
When my son was younger I remember him reading "Captain Underpants' and "Wimpy Kid". He loved anything that incorporated pictures into the story.

"St Viper's School for Super Villains" was similar due to all the pictures that went along with the story.

Sure to keep your child's attention, I recommend this book as an after school reading project or before lights out. While this will be quite easy for more advanced grade-school kids, the younger ones might need a bit of help. That's where Mom needs
Christoph Fischer
Feb 14, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery" was given to me by the author Kim Donovan in exchange for an honest review and I only reluctantly accepted it since I am a grown up and felt unsure I could review a children's book. I am glad I agreed because this book was a lot of fun and took me back to childish pleasures.
As the title of the series already gives away, we are in the world of super heroes and super villains. Inside a volcano lies St Viper's School for the latter group and our heroes Demon, Stret
Theresa Flores
Dec 19, 2012 Theresa Flores rated it it was amazing
St Viper's School for Super Villains is a book about kids with extraordinary powers that are aspiring to be villains. Yes, villains, not heroes. The entire book mimics a superhero-trying-to-save-the-world book but portrays the opposite of it and in a very comical way.

What a fantastic quick read. I think I would use the words "unique", "fun", and "interesting" to sum up the entire book. I enjoyed how simple yet enjoyable the book was, certainly a perfect book to read for your 7 year old sister o
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