megalomaniac (noun) – a person afflicted with megalomania.

megalomania (noun) – a lust or craving for power.

Just a couple of preparatory definitions to get you in the mood for this week’s review. You could also try dictator, Ivan the Terrible, Idi Amin, and Adolf Hitler if you wanted a little historical context. Thankfully this book is much lighter than reading about what any of those men did!! (Not to make light of dictatorship and the atrocities committed under them. It’s important to know about what has happened in the world in order to stop it from ever happening again. But I digress…)

And your book for this week is…. drum roll please….

book cover of "I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President" by Josh Leib

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

Summary:

Oliver Watson is a genius. The greatest genius in the history of the universe, in fact. Plus he is evil. However, he is only in the 7th grade. So this does put a bit of a cramp in the execution of his evil genius plans. In fact, not even Oliver’s own parents know he is a genius. They, and pretty well everyone else in the world, think he’s a drooling, moronic mess. But this will not stop Oliver from becoming his class president. Nothing will. He is an evil genius after all.

Review:

This book made me laugh out loud while I was reading it!! Thankfully I was only reading it in the privacy of my home… so only my cats looked at me strangely. Being embarrassed in front of one’s cats is much less embarrassing than being embarrassed in front of actual people. Cats are so much more forgiving of strange behaviour than people are. Maybe it’s because they will chase the red dot made by a laser pointer…

Oliver is a perfectly horrible little despot, and I loved every second of his maniacal scheming. Josh Lieb does a brilliant job at making such an awful character so hilarious and almost likeable. The other characters surrounding Oliver are the perfect foils for his evil genius, and watching him manipulate them for sport is so much fun.

This short little book, it comes in at under 200 pages, is a very funny and very fast read. Excellent for people who like their humour off-beat and a little silly. I honestly hope that Josh Lieb writes another book! I would definitely read it. 😀

Rating: 4 of 5 star rating

I give this book 4 stars. It’s light, and zany and fun to read. And sometimes, that’s all you need a book to be. Thank you Josh Lieb for bringing your comedic talents to the page!

How to get this book:

  1. e-book
  2. e-audiobook

So for any of you wondering about Josh Lieb… here’s a short video to tell you about him.

And not only did he write and produce for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but for the Simpsons and other awesomely funny shows too. Pretty impressive right??? 🙂

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