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MG Review: Vordak, Time Travel Trouble

I always make sure and come home from ALA with books for Thing 1 and Thing 2, kind of my penance for going away for several days.  So this year I waited in line and got books signed by Vordak, a dastardly super villain.  I will only stand in line for Jonathan Maberry and my kids.  Just saying.

When I got home, my kids scoured through my posters and books and called dibs, and the first book that Thing 1 – the tween – chose to read was Vordak: Time Travel Trouble.  This is what she has to say about it.

Me: Who is Vordak?
Tween: An evil villain, but he is not very good at it.  He has attempted 38 times to try and destroy Commander Virtue and all 38 times he has failed.

Me: Does he have any special powers?
Tween: No, he makes all kinds of stuff like an acid pit and a piranha pit.

Me: So who is Commander Virtue?
Tween: He can fly, he has super strength.  And he has a cool costume.  That’s  not really a power, but it is cool

Me: Why do you think people would like reading the Vordak books?

Tween: Because it is about time traveling, and time travel is cool – like bowties.  You get to see what happens before and after you were born.  Vordak is trying to prevent Commander Virtue from becoming a superhero, so he goes back in time 35 years.

Me: Who do you think would like the Vordck books?
Tweens: People who like superheroes, time travel, and funny things.  Vordak is very funny.

 Vordak made a “Reading Rules” poster for ALA. You can buy it at the ALA Store.

Like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Origami Yoda books, the Vordak series (yes, it is a series) is a hybrid between the graphic novel/comic book format and a chapter book with fun illustrations and snappy dialogue.  It is a great cross promotional series for the very popular Despicable Me movies.