How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good (#2)
But when superheroes and villains--including his parents--start disappearing, only a dedicated do-gooder like Victor can track them down. He discovers that the supers are being captured to square off against aliens in gladiator-like shows. And unlike the scripted fights that the supers usually sign up for, these battles are to the death!
Victor and his fellow super students must join together and harness their super powers to battle this dastardly mega-villain. But to be a hero, Victor finally has to embrace his inner villain. Will he be able to stoop that low?
One of the things I loved the most about this book is the type of superpowers all the supers and villains have. Our main character Victor Spoil is a Tickler (he tickles everyone intensely!), but you can also find every kind of peculiar powers and names such as Dr. Deodorant, Moldy Dave, Smelly Foot, Flame Kicker, Worm Boy, Yeastmaster, and so on!
The illustrations found inside helped a lot to imagine the characters and their fun quest. I often found myself staring far too long into some, taking in all the little details like finding random characters among the supers.
I must confess I did not read the first book in this series, but I truly believe this sequel can be read as a standalone. It provides a swift summary of Victor's previous success of saving the world (and failing at being a super villain) so readers won't feel lost if they decide to pick up this sequel instead of the first (though it would be fun to read back-to-back!).
How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good is a fun middle grade super adventure that readers of every age will come to enjoy! I know my younger self would have enjoyed this book so much (as I did now!). It brings back great memories of witty reads full of humor and funny illustrations in the likes of Captain Underpants.
The writing is filled with all manner of odd, anecdotal bits that don't have much to do with plot development, but everything to do with getting a laugh. Butt lasers, sparkle bombs, Nilixian Rootbeer and mind readers who have dyslexia. It doesn't hurt the nine-year-old knee slapping factor at all that many of these items (Spleen Island!) are accompanied by pictures.
Patterson has quite a collection of books he has written with others under the "jimmy" imprint, so as Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and Treasure Hunters, but it is good that he is letting other authors have full credit in his new line of James Patterson Presents Books. Even the most reluctant reader won't be too disappointed to find these books wrapped up as gifts!