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When Second Graders Attack
     

When Second Graders Attack

by Lawrence David, Barry Gott (Illustrator)
 

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Cupcaked Crusader! Otherwise known as the smallest ten-year-old with the biggest ideas in town-Horace Splattly. Horace, victim of his brilliant little sister's experiments, empowered by her chemically-altered cupcakes and mortified by the purple costume she makes him wear, flies through the skies of Blootinville breathing fire

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Cupcaked Crusader! Otherwise known as the smallest ten-year-old with the biggest ideas in town-Horace Splattly. Horace, victim of his brilliant little sister's experiments, empowered by her chemically-altered cupcakes and mortified by the purple costume she makes him wear, flies through the skies of Blootinville breathing fire and foiling evil. But not much goes on in Horace's notoriously quiet town. Until one fateful day, when a gigantic, man-eating, furry monster appears on the playground at sunset! Can the Cupcaked Crusader save the town, or will Horace become monster chow?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Horace Splattly, the smallest fourth grader in Blootinville, had a lot on his mind before he became a superhero. Why was the science teacher, Mr. Dienow, so mean and nasty? Did he really see a hairy monster on his school playground at sunset? Horace and his best friends, the Blootin twins, kept track of these and many other observations in the Splattly and Blootin Big Notebook of Worldwide Conspiracies. So, he really had enough to do before his sister Melody made him eat her strange and awful cupcakes that turned him into the Cupcaked Crusader. Once she got him into the purple taffeta outfit that made the transformation complete, she let him know why she endowed him with the power to fly and breathe fire. She wanted him to find out what her perfect neighbor Penny was doing for her historical diorama project. Fortunately, Horace got to the real trouble in town, and, not to give too much away, Principal Nosair has one Cupcaked Crusader to thank for getting him out of the belly of a giant guinea pig that had once been a docile pet in the science teacher's room. 2002, Puffin Books,
— Barbara Kennedy
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Welcome to the continuation of the zany adventures of the Cupcaked Crusader. Horace is 10, but is nearly the shortest kid in school. His younger sister, Melody, creates disgusting-looking cupcakes, some covered with "spotted pebble things," others with white spikes or tiny caterpillars, etc. Eating any one of her concoctions provides him with a different super power, temporarily. The villain is Chef Nibbles, who hypnotizes the town's second graders and uses them in his effort to get everyone to eat his terrible canned food, Snoodles and Cheaze. Under his spell, Melody stops baking, so Horace tries his hand at it, with interesting results. The text provides plenty of creative twists, danger, and excitement to keep readers turning pages, and is enhanced by Gott's cartoon illustrations interspersed throughout. A likely choice to hand children who want more books like Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic).-Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Necessarily resourceful, since he never knows what temporary superpower the next cupcake will bring, this caped crusader rises hilariously to meet each challenge. Bad guys better stay away from Blootinville from now onbut you know they won't. (Fiction. 911)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142301180
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Horace Splattly Series , #2
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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