St. Viper’s School for Super Villains by Kim Donovan (4 stars)

St. Viper’s School for Super Villains

 

by Kim Donovan

4 Stars

 

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780957130005
  • Publisher: Squawk Books
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Summary (Spoilers unintentional, but be warned anyways):
Demon is on his way to his first year at St. Viper’s School for Super Villains. His father, Demon King, is one of the baddest super villains, so Demon Boy has big shows to fill. On the way there, he meets Stretch, another first year that can stretch herself in all directions. Unfortunately, he also meets Chill, an older boy who decides to be a bully. Chill shoots ice at Demon Boy, which makes Demon see red and he goes up in flames. A teacher puts the flames out and everyone has a laugh at Demon Boy’s expense. The rivalry begins as Chill deems Demon Boy and friends (which grows to include Shrink and Wolfgang) as his personal slaves. Classes begin and Demon Boy has further issues, accumulating the lowest scores and more homework because of his accidental misdeeds. Finally, he gets a break. Chill has had a major score and snatched a rocket ship. Demon Boy and his friends make a plan to steal it from Chill, find the secret hidden inside, and return the ship for the reward money. Find out if they are successful, or if it is just another one of Demon’s grand ideas that fall flat.

My thoughts:
This was a really fun book. I read it in about two hours (with interruptions in between). I think a child between the ages of 7-10 would be the best fit for this book. It is high on adventure with vocabulary that is not terribly difficult. I think this is also a great choice for boys. Boys are always the hardest for me because they view reading as uncool. This has enough of a comic book look and feel that I am pretty sure they would get into it. The only reason why I marked it down 1 star is because I felt the drawings did not add to the story. They broke the pages up oddly for me on a Kindle, so I would get two or three sentences on a page and then a graphic that often wasn’t very big. It distracted me from the story and made me feel like it was wasted space. All together, I found the adventure entertaining, the action moving enough to keep me interested, the characters moderately developed but enough to make me root for them, and the plot good enough to make me interested in the next installment.

 

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