BARON VON BADDIE AND THE ICE RAY INCIDENT by George McClements

BARON VON BADDIE AND THE ICE RAY INCIDENT

Age Range: 6 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a less-than-serious take on the banality of evil, a supergenius Bad Guy discovers that escaping from jail, building giant robots and acting the bully is no fun without a Superhero around to put the kibosh on his schemes. Baron Von Baddie reaches this realization after, by accident, catching his nemesis Captain Kapow—depicted in McClements’s large, cut-paper-collage cartoons as a mighty figure in cape and body suit, with a sunny smile on his ruggedly handsome face—in a freeze ray, and then gleefully going on to switch days of the week around, gather up mountains of doughnuts and other mischief. Three weeks of that leaves the bored Baron feeling that there’s no point to creating chaos if no one’s trying to stop him, so off he hies to thaw his adversary out with a humongous hair dryer. Fans of Bob McLeod’s Superhero ABC (2006) and like spoofs will chuckle. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-15-206138-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008




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