The illustrious superhero Captain Cat and his young assistant, the Umbrella Kid, have barely had time to recover from their first three adventures when one of their former adversaries, Doctor Daffodil, makes a bold escape from prison. It seems he has had some help from another villain – Percy Peregrine Peecham, also known as The Peach.
The Peach uses Doctor Daffodil’s special skills with plants to plot a bold robbery. He wants to steal a huge peach topaz and, with the help of a range of crooks and villains, he looks set to outwit Captain Cat and capture the giant gem.
Only by using every trick at his disposal will Captain Cat save the day.
This is the fourth in the Captain Cat series. As with previous titles, this one is filled withc orny one-liners, comic-book action and cartoon-style illustrations.
This is not high literature – it is just great fun. Kids will love it.
Captain Cat and the Umbrella Kid: Peaches of Panic, by Paul Shaw, illustrated by Peter Sheehan
Scholastic Press, 2004
Captain Cat and his trusty young sidekick, the Umbrella Kid, have a new foe: the Cardsharp. This dastardly Villain has plenty of tricks up his sleeve as he leads Captain Cat on a merry chase around the city.
The Captain and Billy must solve the clues left by the Cardhsarp to guess where he is planning to show up next and try to stop the damage he is intent on inflicting.
Cards of Chaos is the third book in the Capatin Cat series where young Billy works as the Umbrella Kid alongside the brave Captain Cat.
With loads of silliness and a style both reminiscent of and parodical of superhero comic books, the books are sure to appeal to upper primary aged chidlren.
Captain Cat & the Umbrella Kid in Cards of Chaos,by Paul Shaw, illustrated by Peter Sheehan
It’s summer in the Massive Metropolis of Maxburg – but not for long. The evil Super Villain Snowman has a plan to turn summer into winter.
Soon, Maxburg is in the grip of a big freeze – with snow piling up, buildings frozen and residents unable to keep warm. Captain Cat and his trusty sidekick the Umbrella Kid must pit their wits against Snowman, his vampire penguins, robotic polar bears and runaway fridges.
Revenge of the Refrigerators, the second Captain Cat book, is likely to appeal to primary aged kids who enjoy a mix of adventure and comedy.
Captain Cat and the Umbrella Kid – Revenge of the Refrigerators, by Paul Shaw
When Billy Gubbins is orphaned, he has the fortune to become an apprentice to the world famous Captain Cat. Billy becomes the Umbrella Kid, with a different secret-weapon umbrella for every occasion.
In this adventure, Super Villain Dr Daffodil is trheatening the city of Maxburd with his mutant plant-forms: flesh-eating fungi, kamikaze fruit and deadly carrot spears.
Captain Cat and the Umbrella Kid must find out the location of Dr Daffodil’s secret base and put a stop to his dastardly doings before the city is pulped by Dr Daffodil’s Bellicose Banana Beast.
Captain Cat and the Umbrella Kid – Fruit of Fury, by Paul Shaw, illustrated by Peter Sheehan