The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World by Kenn Nesbitt, with illustrations by Ethan Long, is more than just a humorous book for mid grade and teen readers. It’s a guide to uncontrollable laughter for any reader from age eight to adult.
Kenn Nesbitt, Spokane author and poet, compares favorably with Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and Bill Cosby for creativity and humor in this book of comedic insights. He promises to teach the reader how to “Become a genius overnight, Think up your new Mad Scientist name, Equip your underground lair,” and more. His advice includes such points as picking an evil-sounding name to properly “strike fear into the hearts of foolish mortals who dare to even consider thwarting your plans for world domination. Stick with your boring old Michael or Hannah, and you might as well call yourself Captain Fluffy Bunny or Princess Sparkle Pony.”
Under “Defeating Secret Agents,” some of his points include:
“Don’t Do: Install a self-destruct device in your stronghold with a big, red button labeled, ‘SELF-DESTRUCT ACTIVATOR. DO NOT PUSH.’
“Do do: Install a trap door over the pit of doom with a big, red trap door opener button on the wall next to it labeled ‘SELF-DESTRUCT ACTIVATOR. DO NOT PUSH.’
Nesbitt even includes important details like how to “create your own evil theme song,” in which “Row, row, row your boat” becomes, “Crush, crush, kill, destroy, Everybody scream. Soon I’ll rule the planet with my giant laser beam.”
Such great advice is excellent for the person who wants to take over the world while laughing maniacally all the way. There’s one problem, though. In step 10, Nesbitt admits, “Oh, shoot! Did I forget to tell you at the beginning of the book that once you take over the world, you won’t have friends anymore?”
However, your children, grandchildren, or anyone else who enjoys humor will consider you their friend if you get them a copy of The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World.