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How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible (Vordak the Incomprehensible #1)

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Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy.

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 24th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published August 24th 2010)
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This book was delightfully hilarious. I actually got an arc at ALA from Vordak himself (who was wearing his very impressive costume), and he signed my book "Muahahahaha, Love, Vordak", but it took me 'til now to actually read it. I'm glad I did though, 'cause it's really well done.

Kinda similar in concept to Dr. Horrible, but this book is a non-fiction instruction manual on how to...well..grow up and rule the world. With advice about costume, evil laugh, lair, evil plans, and what to do once yo
Jul 21, 2010 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

I freely admit I don't read a lot of middle grade and young readers books, but I make an exception every now and again. I first heard of Vordak when (literary agent) Janet Reid began tweeting him. Then I saw a video of Vordak from BEA and I knew I had to have this book. As luck would have it, as I was at ALA, standing in line to meet Ally Condie & Andrea Cremer, who should walk by but his Incomprehensibleness himself. He stopped right in front of me, stuck out his hand and introduced himself
Patrick F.
How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible by Scott Seegert was recommended to me by many of my friends and they all said that it was amazing. I think that is started off slow but then it got so much better. This book is one of the funniest books I have read all year. The plot was not that great, but since the book was funny it made up for the bad plot. I think Scott Seegert did a good job pulling the reader in by the books great humor. Vordak is the guide on how to become ...more
Some parts of the book were tedious and repetitious, and I was thinking that a story might have been better than a "how-to" book. Then I got to the more ingenious bits and cracked up. My favorites include: the descriptions of superheroes "Lead Man" and "Lieutenant Colonel America" (yes, Avengers fans, you know exactly who we're spoofing) and the Supervillain Power Chart, which made me laugh out loud. There are also a number of gems in the illustrations. By the time I finished the book, my feelin ...more
An evil laugh is the first step to taking over the world. How to Grow Up and Take over the World is Maxwell's, my eight year old son, new favorite book. It has taken the coveted "Can I read it every night?" spot away from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I received a galley of this book and instantly became my son's hero because he aspires to great world domination. This book will not be for everyone, but if you are fan of toilet humor, and also believe that Nick Naked is not a great super vill ...more
Colin V.B
Many of my friends recommended Vordak to me because they said it was really funny. But to be honest, the beginning of Vordak wasn't very good. It was pretty boring because all Vordak did was basically say how great he was. But then, it slowly started getting from childish to funny.
Vordak by Scott Seegert is a humorous, odd, and hilariously fun book that gives you a break from regular books. The beginning of Vordak is a little childish, but the end makes you want to laugh out loud. I recommend t
I can't even speak to the quality of the illustrations or the writing in this book, mostly because I'm just giggling. It's dumb, it's silly, it's MAD magazine, it's engaging, it has been passed around the 4th grade like the lice epidemic we couldn't seem to get rid of two years ago. It even encourages creativity. EEEEVIL creativity. I do love this book.
My kids all read and loved it, so I had heard many of the jokes already before I read it myself. Really fun. A good primer on taking over the world.
In the book, I liked how the author have fun activities to do throughout the book. It was quite hard understanding the words in the book like: incomprehensible but I figured out what it means and then learned even more words! I liked how Vordak always uses the word: Diabolical and make some of the sentences capitalized- i thought it tells the reader how the author feels when writing. Also, it was really funny how Vordak hates superheroes and when he said:” when he closes his eyes, you can’t see ...more
Josh was just not into this book.
Looking for a fun, short read? Well, How to Grow Up and Rule the World offers just that. Vordak takes the reader on a step by step how-to in order for the reader to gain knowledge on how to successfully achieve power over the world. Due to some circumstances Vordak the Incomprehensible is unable to continue his quest for world dominance so he has written this amazingly evil book for a future ruler. Or should I say his captives have written and illustrated this book?
I really enjoyed reading How t
Ms. Mulhern Gross
Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World is a rip-roaringly hysterical book that I would hand to fans of anything remotely funny. I am passing this one on to my sister to share with her high school resource English class. Talk about high interest!

You have to read this book prepared to go, “Muaaahhaaahaaa!” all the while. Vordak the Incomprehensible is here to teach you how to be an evil villain. Thanks to Vordak, you can learn how to choose the best evil villain name, how t
For anyone needing a handbook about ruling the world, hand them this tome of wisdom! Vordak the Incomprehensible has retired from being the Evil Ruler of the World and is willing to share his knowledge with those of us who would like to attempt to take his place. The very first thing he advises is to take his quiz to see how evil you truly are. Then he works through several steps towards being ready to Rule the World. Along the way he gives Commandments of Incomprehensibility, diagrams and helpf ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This has got to be the most brilliantly evil, magnificent, diabolical, monumental, book I've ever read on taking over the world (I needed to exaggerate a little, as all Evil villains do this). I used those "big" words just for Vordak. MUAHAHAHAHAHA! Not only has Vordak taught me how to properly do the evil laugh, but he is hysterical, something I'm sure he'd rather not have mentioned. I'm sorry Vordak, you had me with your booming voice, and great taking over the world tactics, but your humor wo ...more
Genius. Purely genius. I was constantly laughing when reading this book. My only complaint is that it was not very long. So, what exactly did I think of this book? Well, I think it was... Jaw-dropping, page-turning, evil-teaching, diabolical-laughing (MUAHAHAHAHA!,) and awe-inspiring.

I have already started to learn from His Evil-Incomprehensibleness's teachings. I have already brought out my EVIL, gotten a jump start on my EVIL career (I am getting really good at tee-peeing houses,) have acknowl
Erik Fjell
Scholastic should be ashamed to pump this stuff out. We are parents of kids that we want to raise in a sweet and loving household. We want them to be good citizens, show kindness, and be respectful.

This is the worst book that I have ever read, and the super-hero-like front cover got my 6 year old's eye. The worst mistake. The book calls kindness and empathy for others weak and for goobers, or losers. This isn't funny. It isn't even tolerable. With all of the great kid's books out there, this wi
Apr 05, 2012 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
The book is filled with laughs and creativity. It’s about this super evil villain called Vordak the Incomprehensible who instructs the reader to TAKE over the world. I read it over and over again. I also recommend it for children 7, 8, and 9 but go ahead and give it to your children if you dare. He even made these cool poems I might read this book right now because it's right here now. One of the poems consists the form of an acrostic it spells the word superhero and says things that describe it ...more
Wendy Sparrow
I really intended to share this with my kids even though, technically, I bought it for myself. I thought I'd just open it and read the first few pages to pique their interest in it. It worked. They crowded around next to me to read over my shoulder and see what was making me laugh. Moments later, it was, "Mom, can I just see that book?" "No." *turns page* *laughs* "But, Mooooom, can I have a turn?" "No." *turns page* "MOOOOOOOOM!" "I bought this book for me." "Just for a minute." "NO!" And on it ...more
Vordak/Scott Seegert. (2010). How to Grow Up and Rule the World. New York: Egmont.

196 pages.

Appetizer: Evil Vordak the Incomprehensible has some advise for all of us "inferior" ones: How to grow up and rule the world (in case you didn't figure it out by the book's title). While regularly asserting his superiority, Vordak provides essential information about any potential evil villain's behavior, costume, lair, laugh, plans, etc., as he or she seeks world domination.

This how-to guide includes con
Vordak the Incomprehensible has written a guide to ruling the world. Who better to write it than the villain with the biggest ego. Vordak will guide you through all aspects from choosing a villain name, costume and lair to information about superheroes and how to issue an ultimatum. He really wants you to succeed (So he can be the second in command and take your spot if something should happen to you.). You’ll be thankful he went through the trouble of torturing/interviewing seventeen illustrato ...more
J.D. Holiday
Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World~MuAhahahaha!!!
If you are a kid who would love to rule the world this is the book for you! I’m not a kid, (okay, I am one at heart,) I laughed and smiled the whole way through this tongue-in-cheek book, HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD, Vordak The Incomprehensible.

Vordak The Incomprehensible , Mu Ahahahaha!!! Is a world-class Supervillian and your instructor to begin learning how to rule the world. Without Vordak you will not make
Christy Briggs
Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegert is a book that every teacher of 5th-9th grades should get immediately! I originally bought this because I was looking for comical books for my reluctant and below grade level readers. Unfortunately, this is not the book for them....yet. The vocabulary load is pretty heavy (Lexile above 1100) and there are many references to superhero/villian relationships that might confuse less able readers. However, ambitious stude ...more
I bought this book for my 10 year old. He has in the past enjoyed illustrated/snarky humor books like Captain Underpants and Diary of A Wimpy kid. So I figured he'd enjoy this one as well.

I read it before giving it to him and while the humor isn't directed to my 40-something self, I can still appreciate the over-the-top pronouncements:

"I demand that tremendous care be taken while reading my masterpiece. Wear only gloves made from the finest acid-free Ethiopian ibex hair when handling the book.
Reading Vacation
Let's pretend that Vordak the Incomprehensible has taken over Reading Vacation’s mind and is writing this review.
In this ingenious book, I share my superior intelligence and brilliant knowledge with you mindless and ill-equipped twits. As a super villain, I am an expert on topics such as defeating super heroes, building “diabolically clever yet extremely slow-acting death traps”, and plotting an evil plan. All of this is possible, my weak ones, because I will one day RULE THE WORLD! Muahah
My evil plan to rule the world includes influencing as many minds as possible by getting them to read the books that I like. So, my minion horde, you must help me find readers for this book. Start with yourself, of course, right away, then recommend it to everyone you see. You might think that freely spreading smiles and laughter is not the mark of evil, but that’s all part of my plan’s ingenious, insidious enticement. By exposing you to this evil guide by Vordak the Incomprehensible, I will bot ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
This has got to be the most brilliantly evil, magnificent, diabolical, monumental, book I've ever read on taking over the world (I needed to exaggerate a little, as all Evil villains do this). I used those "big" words just for Vordak. MUAHAHAHAHAHA! Not only has Vordak taught me how to properly do the evil laugh, but he is hysterical, something I'm sure he'd rather not have mentioned. I'm sorry Vordak, you had me with your booming voice, and great taking over the world tactics, but your humor wo ...more
Vordak the Incomprehensible is freaking mean. And I love it! He reminds me of those sergeant boot camps that get into people’s faces and starts screaming orders. Except Vordak the Incomprehensible is funnier.

How to Grow Up and Rule the World is a multiple step instructional guide on, you guessed it, become a supervillain and conquer the world! MWHAHAHAHAHA! (Look I’m already one-step there :D) There is the chapter that talks pros and cons of masks, goggles, various helmets; a chapter on choosing
This book is for those who enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Capt. Underpants. Though it was not my kind of book or my kind of humor, I would always recommend it over Capt. U. Some of the humor stuff referenced will be out-of-date in a few years. Some of the humor seemed a bit older than the 8-10 crowd which I usually get at my NGA programs. The 10-12 will love it. Over 12 might feel it is too juvenile while trying not to smile at some things.

Some things in the book I was not a fan of. Without the
The Reading Countess
Serving as a guide to all of the would-be evil geniuses of the world, Vordak's mocking tone and hilarious examples of how to obtain dominance over all had me laughing out loud. I plan on reading aloud The Evil Aptitude Exam complete with multiple choice answers to my classes, as this little section is a great example of the humor infused throughout the book. Although my son's favorite part was bit about the screw driver and the light socket (he liked it so much he read it twice...during the summ ...more
Timmy The Dark Lord
I will take over the world. Thanks to Vordak The Incomprehensible's How to Grow up and Rule the World, I can now successfully destroy or take over the world (It depends on whether or not my sister ate the last banana). Vordak gives me many cases and scenarios in which to familiarize myself so that i can take over the world. For instance, he gives you ways to tell a foreign president that you are going to eat his hamster to How to trap a superhero with a bag of squirrel food. Why do only a select ...more
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