Sunday, February 17, 2013

When Only a Snarky Narrator Will Do!

Ok, who doesn't get a kick out of a snarky narrator.  You know the ones.  They remind you that they are doing you a favor by simply existing in the book you are reading.  They cry aghast at having to explain to you one more time why the main character must run away from the evil, bone crushing monster that is terroriszing the innocent and hard working townspeople.  They remind you of how intellectually stunted you are by defining words you probably already know, and by stunted I mean small, undersized or diminutive.

But without a doubt, these narrators are wonderful characters that add a certain snide charm to any book and create some laugh out loud moments for your children.  So bring on the snarky narrator and provide your kids with books they won't want to put down.

Title:       Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World

Author:   Scott Seegert

Target:    Grades 3-6

Series:     Yes

What this book is about:
This book is handbook written in the voice of Vordak the Incomprehensible.  Keep in mind that he is an arrogant villain, whose tongue and cheek guide to ruling the world should be taken to the letter.  From creating your evil name, picking out your super villain costume, finding your lair, to talking to your arch nemesis in cliches, he has the perfect advice for ruling the world!

Why I love it:
This book is just plain funny.  I never stopped smiling while reading it, and I had to wait my turn, my kids wouldn’t give it up.  Vordak is the perfect voice, with his diabolical plans given in the form of serious wisdom!  The jokes are a bit repetitious, but I do have to say that they get funnier as the book goes on and remain clever to the end.  Of course you have to love the irony that despite his egotism, Vordak is a completely unsuccessful villain.

Who this book is for:
Kids who liked Wimpy Kid will enjoy this.  Lots of graphics and silly laughs.  Great for reluctant readers because of the handbook format.

Final thoughts:
MUAHAHAHAHAHAH (my evil laugh!)  Once your kids get their hands on this book, beware!

To purchase this book, click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you!

Title:       The Templeton Twins

Author:   Ellis Weiner

Target:    Grades 3-6

Series:    This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:
The Templeton twins are a boy and a girl who have quite a lot of ideas.  John likes to build contraptions and play the drums.  His sister Abigail has a way with words and likes to solve cryptic crossword puzzles.  Now suppose they are kidnapped by an evil man (who is definitely not a genius) by the name of Dean D. Dean, to get ahold of one of their father’s inventions.  Did I mention their father is an absent minded professor and inventor?  What would the twins come up with to get out of this pickle, and by pickle I mean dilemma!

Why I love this book:
First off, the book is told in the most sarcastic and snarky tone by our “narrator,” who frankly is doing us quite a service by even writing this story down.  The narrator speaks to the reader as if they are sitting across from him, answering implied questions, defining the meaning of words and phrases, and looking for a compliment at every turn.  It is quite reminiscent, but even more snide, than our narrator in A Series of Unfortunate Events!

This book is also funny.  I started turning down the pages I thought my kids would chuckle over, and before I knew it, most of my book was dog eared!  The personalities are over the top and the twins are quite likable.

Who this book is for:
Fans of Lemony Snicket will enjoy this series.  It is told in the same style as those books.  Also, anyone who enjoys a little snarky humor!

Final thoughts:
An acerbic narrator, twins, an absent minded professor, a fumbling villain and a ridiculous dog - really what is not to love!

To purchase this book, click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.

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