Read this book:
HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD BY VORDAK THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE (Egmont, August 2010). Here is a story, with plenty of illustrations, that is not, as the cover notes, for wimpy kids. However, kids who have read Jeff Kinney and are ready to move on to more snarkiness will appreciate the humor here. Vordak presents all one needs to know to become a ruler of peons. Chapter by chapter directions include: selecting an evil name, building an army of supporting villains, and designing ways to rule the world. Lots of call out boxes, sidebars, charts, etc. make this a perfect read for reluctant readers, too.
Thanks to Jeanne McDermott to sending this one my way.