Once Upon a Royal Superbaby


For any kid who wondered what happened to the Dude and his fair maiden once they lived happily ever after, the wait is over. When their teacher requests a new story, a boy and a girl once again have different ideas of how it should evolve. Can they agree on the fate of the beautiful queen, the awesome king, and their royal superbaby when they are captured by an evil wizard?

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Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude?an award-winning ...

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For any kid who wondered what happened to the Dude and his fair maiden once they lived happily ever after, the wait is over. When their teacher requests a new story, a boy and a girl once again have different ideas of how it should evolve. Can they agree on the fate of the beautiful queen, the awesome king, and their royal superbaby when they are captured by an evil wizard?

From the team behind Once

Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude—an award-winning favorite among kids and teachers—comes another gender role-defying twist on the average fairy tale, and this time it's a royal superbaby who saves the day.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Building on the success of Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, the dynamic trio has created another hit. This time the young protagonists have been assigned the task of working together to write a story about a king and a queen. The young lad envisions a super cool king with bulging muscles and fists of steel with a cool motorcycle and a laser sword. For her part the young girl names her queen Tenderheart, a graceful and charming lady. She marries the king and together they have a son named Sweet Piper or Strong Viper depending upon who is telling the story. Strong Viper has cool wrestling moves and gets his extra power from his bottled juice. Sweet Piper sings gentle songs to the birds. When the king and queen are captured and imprisoned by an evil Cyclops, the story takes a surprising and clever twist when Sweet Piper, riding a unicorn, engages all the animals of the forest to help win his parents' freedom. As the two students battle over the plot readers will be fascinated by the illustrations that add punch and humor to the story. Heyer's soft, sweet acrylics are in stark contrast to Goto's muscle man straight from the pages of a super hero comic book. Just as the kids prove the power of cooperation, this winning threesome proves that collaboration results in a solid, funny story that kids will clamor to read again and again. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews

For a new highlight in the annals of Good Cooperation, the creators of Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (2005) reprise the winning premise and bring back much of the original cast. Two young narrators paired for a storytelling exercise have very different ideas of how the story should go: For him, there's nothing finer than a mightily thewed superhero king—portrayed by Goto in suitably pulp-comics fashion astride a flying motorcycle outfitted with missile tubes—but she posits a flaxen-tressed Queen named Tenderheart (depicted with airy delicacy by Heyer) who marries "some guy, I forget his name" and decides to have a baby. Wrestling their plot back and forth, the two youngsters ultimately end up with superbaby riding a chopper of his own (the missiles replaced by a brace of formula bottles), rescuing his royal parents from a cyclops and flying them back home on a robot unicorn to a happily-ever-after. The artistic mashup illustrates the value of collaborative effort as hilariously as does the tumultuous tale. (Picture book. 6-9)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—From the creators of Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (Walker, 2005) comes this tale about a king and queen and their royal offspring. As with its predecessor, this story is told from divergent points of view: a girl with a penchant for things pretty and sweet and a boy who prefers action and things that are gross. They alternate in their storytelling, all the while interjecting personal comments. What results is a fractured fairy tale about the king who is a "cool motorcycle dude" who slays dragons and the beautiful queen named Tenderheart who loves to shop. The story also includes their baby Sweet Piper, according to the girl, or Strong Viper, according to the boy. When his parents are kidnapped and guarded by a giant cyclops, it is up to their baby to save them and the boy and the girl to agree on a mutual happy ending. The boy and the girl are illustrated by O'Malley. Goto and Heyer's hyperrealistic art functions well to depict the imaginations of the narrators; and children of both genders will relate to the ongoing debate between the boy and girl. This story works as a follow-up to the original, a way to satisfy those who wanted more.—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802721648
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 396,031
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.42 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.



HEYER has created more than twenty-five picture books including

The First Easter, Prancer, and Once Upon a

Cool Motorcycle Dude. She lives in




is the illustrator of several books, including Once Upon a

Cool Motorcycle Dude and The Perfect

Sword. He lives in Hawaii.


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