MG Review: Vordak, Time Travel Trouble
I always make sure and come home from ALA with books for Thing 1 and Thing 2, kind of my penance for going away for several days. So this year I waited in line and got books signed by Vordak, a dastardly super villain. I will only stand in line for Jonathan Maberry and my kids. Just saying.
When I got home, my kids scoured through my posters and books and called dibs, and the first book that Thing 1 – the tween – chose to read was Vordak: Time Travel Trouble. This is what she has to say about it.
Me: Who is Vordak?
Tween: An evil villain, but he is not very good at it. He has attempted 38 times to try and destroy Commander Virtue and all 38 times he has failed.
Me: Does he have any special powers?
Tween: No, he makes all kinds of stuff like an acid pit and a piranha pit.
Me: So who is Commander Virtue?
Tween: He can fly, he has super strength. And he has a cool costume. That’s not really a power, but it is cool
Me: Why do you think people would like reading the Vordak books?
Tween: Because it is about time traveling, and time travel is cool – like bowties. You get to see what happens before and after you were born. Vordak is trying to prevent Commander Virtue from becoming a superhero, so he goes back in time 35 years.
Me: Who do you think would like the Vordck books?
Tweens: People who like superheroes, time travel, and funny things. Vordak is very funny.
Like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Origami Yoda books, the Vordak series (yes, it is a series) is a hybrid between the graphic novel/comic book format and a chapter book with fun illustrations and snappy dialogue. It is a great cross promotional series for the very popular Despicable Me movies.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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