Booktalk: I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

As soon as I saw this book, I just knew that I had to read it.  Great cover?  Check.  Hilarious title?  Check.  Funny and sarcastic writing style, channeling the genius of Dave Barry (right down to the footnotes)?  Check.  And to top it all off, this book was just as much fun to share as it was to read!

Josh Lieb clearly knows humor when he sees it; he’s worked on Newsradio, The Simpsons, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (where he’s the executive producer).  He’s also very media-savvy, as you can see in the snazzy Sheldrake Industries website that was created to promote the book.  Go read this book for yourself, and then share it with some teens who will appreciate a smart and funny read.


My name is Oliver Watson, and I am superior to each and every one of you.  Now to most people, I appear to be an ordinary 7th-grade student. My teachers think I’m stupid … because I don’t LET them know how smart I really am.  And a lot of bullies pick on me.  Or, at least, they used to.  But the bullies who picked on me were much more likely to get sick than other students.  That’s because a) I have secret undercover bodyguards b) my bodyguards will shoot a mini-dart into the neck of anyone who bothers me and c) those darts are filled with a chemical that I developed when I was in the first grade.  Have I mentioned that I’m a genius?  Now you might be wondering how I can afford secret bodyguards, secret mini-darts, and secret chemicals.  Well, I can afford it because I’m actually the third-richest person in the world.  I own land, and banks, and baseball teams, and television networks.  I even have an underground lair — a concrete cavern the length of ten football fields.

And yet, there’s something missing.  In spite of all of my triumphs, I still haven’t managed to achieve the one measure of success that my father did when he was a boy — being elected as class president.  So now I’m going to add “winning the student election” to my list of things to do.

My name is Oliver Watson.  Vote for me … OR ELSE.

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