Synopsis from Amazon
Fantasy series for 7+ readers. The series is set in St Viper’s School where it’s good to be bad. And World Domination is lesson one. Demon Kid wants to be the best super villain at St Viper’s but he’s in for a fight. Between masterclasses in sinister science and fighting with flames, he needs to prove to everyone he’s an evil genius. Now, if he can just survive till the end of term . . .
REVIEW BY BETH
St. Vipers School for Super Villains: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery does everything a fantastic young readers’ book should do. It’s hilariously funny, has an easy to follow yet climactic plot and some really believable, likeable and admirable characters.
More than anything The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery is great fun and it’s definitely one I’ll read to my daughters when they’re a bit older. It is great fun that at St. Vipers kids are expected to be as evil as possible, rather than as good as possible and I can see how this would really appeal to young readers looking for mischief.
The main character is Demon Kid who is pretty much anything but a demon but has the pressure of being the son of a famous super villain to live up to. He teams up with some other less than fearsome school mates and they plot to steal a rocket ship to prove they really can be as evil as the other guys at school. It’s extremely quick paced which means young minds can’t wander and will remain focused on the fun adventurous story, further confirmed by the author’s use of action words that wouldn’t go amiss in a comic book (think BOING! and KRACK). The illustrations add to the tale and make it even more of a fun read.
It’s impossible to some this book up any other way than FUN. It would probably especially appeal to young boys although that won’t stop me giving it to my girls and I also think it could be a good starter book for reluctant readers. As part of a series it could be just what they need to get into reading.