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When you’re a young genius, there’s always time to save the world from evil … until Mum calls you for dinner.

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 . . .


A funny, laugh-out-loud treat for middle primary readers, this first in the Leo da Vinci series has great characters, some human, some not, clever machines built by Leo and company and dastardly villains sure to excite the followers of Leo's adventures.

Fran Knight, Magpies

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 . . . 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, readings.com.au

It will appeal to both boys and girls and fans of Tristan Bancks' Tom Weekly books or Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates books will love this new book, which is the first of a series . . . It’s all a bit silly and a lot of fun.

Fairfield Books

Everyone from Year 3 up will absolutely love this wonderful story. Full of lovable characters and the most amazing, ridiculous, plots and inventions you will laugh out loud and wish you could go on Leo’s next adventure with him. Lots and lots of fun.


This is the first in a series of stories which will appeal to girls and boys for its laughable inventions and funny carryings on . . . The format suits this age group well, with short chapters, good sized font, and quirky illustrations to add meaning and humour to the text . . . A good read for independent reading 8 year olds and over as well as read aloud to 7 to 10 year olds.

Julie Long, Reading Time

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  • Paperback


    August 3, 2015

    Random House Australia Children's

    192 pages

    RRP $14.99

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    August 3, 2015

    Random House Australia

    192 pages

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