By: Josh Lieb
Review By: Dilan Mehta
Josh Lieb has created a great book that kids of all ages will love.
The story is about a pudgy boy named Oliver Watson who is a genius and talks about how he is going to rule the world. The character is selfish and manipulates people to get what he wants. He has no sense of the consequences that his actions have and uses his powers for evil.
The book is in the first-person narrative of Oliver. Oliver runs several companies and is the third richest person in the world. (Later bumped down to fourth). He can't sign any contracts or do anything because he is a middle schooler, so he has Lionel Sheldrake, the bitter and wimpy minion. Sheldrake gets the money and brings it to Oliver, who stores it away until he can actually use it.
Oliver is not popular, because he acts pathetic and dumb so people don't see his true identity. He has cameras and escape tunnels hidden throughout the school. And when his Dad challenges him to run for class president, he knows he must win because he wants to "Suck all the pride and happiness of his Dad's smug face". So he cheats, lies, plays pranks, gets research on his opponents, then blackmails them, starts a war, bribes people and steals from an African battle king, tricks everyone, tortures kids, commits crimes and flies his blimp to the school and breaks in, spreads rumors the deadly way, sets up numerous people, pits everyone against each other, controls an army and air force and ask them to blow stuff up, uses hi-tech gadgets to hurt and annoy teachers, bribes the principal three times, with a man called The Motivator, kidnaps a kid for fun to hurt him, blows even more stuff up, asks two award-winning screenwriters to write a speech, then rips it in half, works with the meanest girl in the school and betrays her and everyone else and finally… Eats some chips. A laundry list.
Super hilarious and witty, this book is one of my all-time favorites and was a great Monthly Read!