Horace Splattly, The Caped Crusader:To Catch a Clownosaurus

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The Cupcaked Crusader is facing his toughest challenge yet: a school camping trip! Not only is Horace Splattly mistakenly put in the kindergartner's cabin, but his brilliant little sister Melody wants to use his superpowers to find the rare and valuable Blootinite. But when someone-or something-kidnaps all the teachers from the camp, Horace thinks he knows the villains behind the wicked plot-the legendary Clownosauruses. But can our pint-sized, pastry-loving superhero succeed in tracking the elusive monsters? ...

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Overview

The Cupcaked Crusader is facing his toughest challenge yet: a school camping trip! Not only is Horace Splattly mistakenly put in the kindergartner's cabin, but his brilliant little sister Melody wants to use his superpowers to find the rare and valuable Blootinite. But when someone-or something-kidnaps all the teachers from the camp, Horace thinks he knows the villains behind the wicked plot-the legendary Clownosauruses. But can our pint-sized, pastry-loving superhero succeed in tracking the elusive monsters? Will he catch the culprit behind the teachers' mysterious disappearance? And just what is a Clownosuarus anyway?

When Horace and his schoolmates spend a weekend at a camp in the Laffy Woods, the Cupcaked Crusader must cope with Mr. Dienow, the diabolical science teacher, as well as his sister's dangerous search for Blootinite, and the forest monsters known as Clownosauruses.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The Cupcaked Crusader is facing another challenge. He is going on a camping trip with his school to Laffy Woods. Since he is so small, Horace Splattly is put in the kindergartner's cabin (with the school's meanest teacher) by mistake. His brilliant younger sister Melody wants him to use his superpowers to find Blootinite. This is a rare and expensive item. Of course, he gets his superpower from her cupcakes. With these supercharged pastries, he can even change his form. Camp Blite is far from jovial but things get even worse. When all the teachers are kidnapped from the camp, Horace thinks he knows the culprits behind this evil act. It is certainly the legendary Clownosauruses. They are reputed to steal people's laughter in the night. But no one believes him. Accompanied by five-year-old Petie and his two good friends, Horace uses his superpowers in a way that benefits everyone. 2003, Puffin Books, Ages 9 to 12.
— Pat Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-In this installment in the series, Horace Splattly and his buddies head out to the annual school campout. Things look bleak when he must bunk with the five-year-old boys and a sadistic teacher. Before long, Clownosauruses, mysterious monsters that steal all of the laughs from their human victims, threaten the whole shebang. Horace saves the day, aided by two magical cupcakes. With plenty of spit and toilet paper, the Cupcaked Crusader seems ready to compete with "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) in the bathroom humor category. However, this book offers cruelty where Dav Pilkey manages to infuse charm. There's one ridiculous plot twist after another, providing ample opportunity for all of the characters, adults as well as children, to be as clueless as they are mean-spirited. Black-and-white sketches underscore the cartoonish aspects of the story. The audience for plot-driven silly adventures continues to grow, but children deserve more than the Cupcaked Crusader.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142501351
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/13/2003
  • Series: Horace Splattly Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,233,058
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence David is the author of several picture books and two long, long grown-up books (without pictures). He has never eaten any cupcakes that gave him superpowers, but he hopes to one day. He lives in New York City, where he is always on the lookout for villains, monsters, school bullies, and licorice.

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