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Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  136 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
When evil genius Baron von Baddie accidentally captures superhero Captain Kapow, he immediately sets about making mischief. He rearranges the days of the week, unleashes an army of ice-cream-stealing robots, and binges on doughnuts. But before long, the Baron gets a bit bored with his evil extravaganza. Could it be that he misses tangling with his old archnemesis? Yep, tur ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 14, 2009 babyhippoface rated it liked it
When his ice ray experiment accidentally freezes his nemesis, Captain Kapow, evil genius Baron von Baddie finally has the freedom to build robots, rearrange the days of the week, and eat all the doughnuts he wans. But he soon discovers that creating chaos isn't much fun when no one is trying to stop him. The tale is reminiscent of old-time serials' stereotypical heroes and villains and a new conflict each episode. The mixed-media collage illustrations are full of movement and humor. Despite the ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jun 18, 2013 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it

Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident by George McClements is a picturebook about a young evil genius realizing that life is just no fun without a challenge. Baron von Baddie keeps creating great devices to battle superhero Captain Kapow, and losing. When he accidentally wins, he is convinced that his life will now be loads of fun, and it is for awhile. He begins making mischief, rearranging the days of the week, unleashing ice-cream-stealing robots, and binging on doughnuts. However, the Ba
Aug 14, 2008 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Baron von Baddie was an evil genius who built huge robots to take over the world, or perhaps just to steal ice cream. Thank goodness for Captain Kapow, who could always take care of Baron and keep him in check. That is until one fateful day when Captain Kapow was frozen by Baron von Baddie's ice ray. No one could stop Baron von Baddie from doing what he wished. He built robots, changed the days of the week around and ate lots and lots of doughnuts. But eventually, even these pleasures lost their ...more
Kaye Cloutman
May 22, 2009 Kaye Cloutman rated it really liked it
Whoa Ka-blam! Cute evil genius “Baron Von Baddie” strikes again with his shameful and appalling plots – this time, spreading terror by inventing an Ice Ray Machine. His malevolent schemes of course are perpetually thwarted by his rival superhero Captain Kapow so that law and order are always ultimately restored. But this time, our naughty villain succeeds and gets away by accidentally freezing Captain Kapow. This book will truly be enjoyed by kids! Baron Von Baddie’s character is very much like ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Scope rated it really liked it
If you’ve ever watched an episode of “Saved by the Bell” alone, you know that it isn’t as much fun when there’s no one watching with you. The show is better if there is someone for you to interact with. Taking in “Jessie’s Song” with a friend: 10. The same episode by yourself: 7. A similar principle can be applied to doing something sneaky. If no one is there to say “no”, it’s not much fun. Certain kids know this concept well. “Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident”, by George McClements (Ni ...more
Apr 29, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Summary: While superheroes may be super, they sure can be boring. This picture book takes an archvillain as its hero—the (very kid-looking) evil genius, Baron von Baddie. Every dastardly plan he comes up with is foiled by his foe, Captain Kapow, until one day the Baron accidentally triumphs over the forces of upstanding citizenship and freezes Captain Kapow in a block of ice. He revels in his newfound freedom to inflict evil with utter impunity, and sets about building giant robots, changing Tue ...more
May 01, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it
"Baron von Baddie is an evil genius who creates rampaging robots and chaos wherever he goes. Luckily, Captain Kapow arrives regularly on the scene to apprehend his nemesis, jail him, and wait for the Baron's inevitable escape so the two can repeat the process again. One day the Baron accidentally succeeds in freezing the Captain solid and begins a life of uninterrupted crime—building new robots, changing the days of the week around, and eating a mountain of doughnuts. It o
Lauren Hidden
Aug 17, 2010 Lauren Hidden rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at Book Expo in Los Angeles in 2008. Plus, the author was there and autographed it for my sons. (He was very nice.) My 8-year-old reads way above grade level but isn't a big fiction fan--he'd rather read instruction manuals for video games, and research stuff on the web! But since he has to read 15 books this month for school, he grabbed this off our bookshelf (he had read it before), read it last night, and then this morning, read through it again (h ...more
Baron von Baddie is an evil genius. His evil inventions were never able to harm anyone because his actions are closely watched by Captain Kapow. Captain Kapow takes him to jail where he can have time to think about his actions. However, Baron von Baddie always manages to escape rather quickly.

When Captain Kapow shows up to arrest the Baron when he's testing his new ice ray he is accidentally frozen solid. The Baron quickly makes use of his new found freedom by building robots, eating doughnuts a
Mar 12, 2016 Diane rated it liked it
Baron von Baddie is always foiled by Captain Kapow. Until one day. The Baron catches Captain Kapow in his ice ray and with no one to stop him, he runs amok ... for awhile. Until he realized "What was the point of creating chaos if no one was trying to stop you?"
Feb 11, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious! I got a giggle or two out of it! It is no fun to be an evil super villain if there is no super hero to stop you...

Boys will love it, and I thought it was pretty fun! I will go on my recommendation shelf...good luck!
Miss Sarah
May 30, 2015 Miss Sarah rated it really liked it
a really cute superhero book that made me think about good and bad and friendship. I will definitely use this in a storytime as it was cute, short and had a nice message about needing one another.
Jun 29, 2015 Brooke rated it it was ok
The kids didn't really understand this book. The moral was lost on them.
May 25, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
Fine for introducing kids to the Batman/Joker dynamic.
Skye Kilaen
May 06, 2016 Skye Kilaen rated it it was amazing
It's so good to finally win! With his superhero nemesis vanquished, Baron von Baddie is free to make all the rules he always wanted to, such as rearranging the days of the week and eating as many donuts as humanly possible. But will world domination get a little boring after the honeymoon period is over? And if it does, what will an all-powerful master of evil do next? This book cracked me up. Repeatedly. The mix of pitch-perfect bwahaha villainy with goofball humor is just right.
Mar 13, 2013 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Baron Von Baddie was an evil genius that enjoyed inventing things that caused chaos. But his plans were always stopped Captain Kapow. One day Baron Von Baddie accidentally freezes Captain Kapow and looks forward to all the chaos he can cause without being thwarted.
It's no fun being a villain if they are not superheroes to thwart you! When Baron von Baddie accidentally manages to defeat his arch nemesis he learns that eating donuts and creating robots all day gets boring. Very cute and great mixed media artwork.
Jan 09, 2013 Jj rated it liked it
Wow. I love that Baron von Baddie is a dead ringer for Dr. Strangelove! This is a fun, not-too-long story that I am looking forwarding to using in a storytime... I foresee myself planning a 'Heroes & Villains'-themed session in the near future.
Oct 18, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents of your children, and the young at heart
Baron von Baddie is not only fun for kids, but entertaining for the parent to read. It is nice to see that an author can not only capture the imagination, but also gently mock the common ideas of good and evil to make the erad even more fun!
Dec 10, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
I got such a kick out of this book that my editor sent me a signed copy. I wish this had been around when my son was small as he would've loved it--oh, yeah--he is now 27 and I showed it to him. He does love it! I liked the humor and the simplicity.
Jun 20, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Different on twist on good vs. evil. Use as a writing workshop mentor text for teaching ideas: What would you do if you know you could get away with it? Also, great vocabulary: foiled, nemesis, incident, plotting, etc.
Jun 18, 2009 Karin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I found this author just browsing the shelves. I'll have to keep my eye out for his, because this was hilarious. The pictures are even better and some of the jokes only understood by adults. Excellent superhero story. :-)
Jan 25, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3 - 8 yrs.
Shelves: childrens
Simple story where the evil genius triumphs over the good guy but discovers that life afterward isn't as much fun as he thought it was going to be! Love the torn paper collage style illustrations!
May 04, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
This book shows the young ones why villains need their arch nemesis to stop them. If the superheroes weren't there, the villains would get BORED! Fun and silly and good for preschool storytime.
Sep 11, 2008 Tara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Evil Geniuses
Recommended to Tara by: Becker
Very cute!! From the author of "Night of the Veggie Monster" another fabulous installment with very interesting artwork! The perfect example of how we all depend on each other!
Mar 15, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing
Ha, ha, ha. Stories and pictures are similar to what my teenage boys would have written and drawn both younger and now. Loved it!
Feb 24, 2009 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Save this one for superhero fans or older preschoolers. My son wasn't all that in to it, but I enjoyed reading it to him.
Dec 17, 2008 Frank rated it it was amazing
Frank's favorite part was "when he said Ah Choo and the super hero got frozen".

I think this was a clever, fun book.
Stephen Snyder
Jul 21, 2011 Stephen Snyder rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Very humours book with incredible ironic lesson. Thank you Franklin Public Library for the loan.
Jun 27, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it really liked it
Cute, but not as cute as the author hoped. The illustrations are beautiful and whimsical. Fun book.
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