The Terror of the Pink Dodo Balloons

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Everyone's favorite pint-sized pastry-loving superhero is back, ready to save Blootinville from nefarious villains and win the heart of fair Sara Willow! But unfortunately for Horace Splattly (a.k.a. the Cupcaked Crusader), his brilliant little sister Melody has other plans for him: the annual Blootinville Celernip Prince Pageant for Boys. Not even Horace's superpowers can save him from Melody's mortifying ...
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2003 Turtleback School & Library ed. New. No dust jacket as issued. This is library binding-Absolutely brand new(gift quality)! ! -ships immediately Glued binding. 160 p. ... Audience: Children/juvenile. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Everyone's favorite pint-sized pastry-loving superhero is back, ready to save Blootinville from nefarious villains and win the heart of fair Sara Willow! But unfortunately for Horace Splattly (a.k.a. the Cupcaked Crusader), his brilliant little sister Melody has other plans for him: the annual Blootinville Celernip Prince Pageant for Boys. Not even Horace's superpowers can save him from Melody's mortifying plans . . . or can they?

Illustrated by Barry Gott.
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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This book aspires to be a comical playground-hero saga in the mode of "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic), but there is none of Dav Pilkey's inspired anarchy here. Horace Splattly is transformed into a superhero by eating cakes baked by his domineering younger sister, Melody. While the citizens of Blootinville are preparing for the annual Celernip Festival, giant dodo-shaped balloons suddenly release swarms of "pink butterfly hair clips" that devour the hair of anyone they touch. The resulting epidemic of baldness threatens to affect the event, and everyone blames the Crusader for the disaster. Meanwhile, Melody blackmails her brother into performing a humiliating stage routine in the Celernip Prince Pageant. Horace must save the town from hair loss, uncover the individual behind the balloon attacks, and avoid being unmasked. The episodic plot piles one bizarre event on top of another but never makes the absurd seem believable. Adult characters are cruel, sarcastic, and selfish, and the teacher is particularly unpleasant. Children don't fare especially well either. Horace's peers tease and bully him unmercifully and even his two best friends are quick to accept his guilt. Young superhero fans deserve better.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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More goofy fare for Captain Underpants devotees about the masked Cupcaked Crusader—actually diminutive fifth-grader Horace, who gets temporary, unpredictable superpowers from special cupcakes, whipped up by his bigger, smarter, bossy little sister. Here David borrows a page from Batman’s bio: menaced by voracious, hair-eating hairclips that drop from balloon versions of the town’s official bird, the residents of Blootinville unjustly pin the blame on their erstwhile hero. Even his friends, who are in the know, turn away, sure that he’s planning to "cupcake" his way to being voted Prince of the upcoming Blootinville Celernip Festival, named for a locally grown hybrid vegetable. Can Horace convince his buddies that they’re wrong, and nip the real villain’s scheme in time to save the townsfolk’s tresses? Need you ask? Even after just three episodes, the premise is wearing thin, but there are enough gags and zany twists in the tale to keep fans turning the pages. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613617086
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.88 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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