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Title:
The terror of the pink dodo balloons
Author:
David, Lawrence.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton's Children's Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
153 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
Little Horace Splattly, alias the Cupcaked Crusader, hopes to become Celernip Prince at the Celernip Festival, keep his best friends, win the love of Sara Willow, cope with his talented scientist sister, and figure out who is creating the pink dodo balloons that are making people bald.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 3.0 68475.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.2 8 Quiz: 36100 Guided reading level: S.
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ISBN:
9780525468677
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Book

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Blootinville's tiny ten-year-old tower of justice, Horace Splattly (aka the Cupcaked Crusader), is back and into some hairy trouble. The annual Celernip Festival is coming up, and someone has made most of the town as bald as celernips, Blootinville's world-famous vegetable. The Cupcaked Crusader must solve the mystery, but first he needs his special superpower-inducing cupcakes, and the only way he's going to get them is if he lets the creator, his genius little sister, enter him in the Celernip Prince contest. Will she make him wear a kilt? Will his twin best friends and fellow contestants, Auggie and Xax, speak to him again if he wins. Illustrated by Barry Gott.


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School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.