Leo Da Vinci vs The Ice-Cream Domination League

Michael Pryor

Leo Da Vinci vs The Ice-Cream Domination League
Random House Australia
3 August 2015

Leo Da Vinci vs The Ice-Cream Domination League

Michael Pryor

Help! The Ice-cream Domination League is blowing up the world’s ice-cream factories!

Enter Leo da Vinci. Inventor, artist, genius and founder of Fixit International Inc., all at the age of ten.

His team? Meet steam-powered Isaac, maths whiz and wise-cracking pig Ragnar, and Mina from school, who’s super-handy with a hammer.

The plan? Ready the Strikebird. Pack the Heat-seeking Cauliflower Missiles. Find out why Comet Big-Kahuna is heading for Earth. Stop the IDL before Mum calls you home for dinner.

Start the cheesy launch music and hold on for your life …


Writing for a younger age group for the first time, here’s much-loved Australian author Michael Pryor with a new series that centres on an inventor – 10-year-old Leo Da Vinci – who is bright and adventurous but, owing to his total preoccupation with righting wrongs, slightly socially awkward.

Leo’s inventions are part-home appliance, part-sophisticated materials that ordinarily a child wouldn’t have access to, and I enjoyed this interpretation of a child’s natural ability to invent using what they see around them as well as ‘special ingredients’ that they’ve heard about or seen on TV. The somewhat cheesy tone of the story continues with details such as Leo pausing mid-battle to go home for dinner, as well as with a talking pig and robot. The arrival of outgoing, enthusiastic Mina provides Leo with his first human friend. What he admires about her is a tender aspect of this story.

The chapters are short, the text nicely spaced, and several of Jules Faber’s illustrations are brilliantly detailed, so this is perfect for readers of 8 and over.

Emily Gale

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