This playful hi-lo series depicts a range of villainous characters and imagines hypothetical situations about how kids could get the better of them. Wrongdoers range from werewolves to mad scientists, and each volume describes their traits alongside several silly scenarios about how they could be outwitted. For example, it is suggested that readers tell an evil villain that they are allergic to pizza and video games. Relevant facts and real-life connections with history and science are sprinkled throughout. The text is highly readable, with a paragraph per page and four short chapters in each book. Cartoon-inspired graphics are used liberally, making this a strong option for middle and upper elementary readers who gravitate toward 'Wimpy Kid' –inspired books, but need material at a lower reading level. VERDICT These slim, lighthearted volumes will appeal to humor fans at a second and third grade reading level.