, age 5
, looked out the taxicab window. He was very excited. All
around him were the skyscrapers of Gotham City. Gotham was even bigger than he had
imagined back at home in Roswell, Georgia
, with Mom, Dad, and Jacob
still couldn't believe he had won the radio contest. The prize was a free trip to
the Toy Tower, the world's biggest toy store! It was closing for the night, and Johnny
was going to have the whole store to play in.
was getting out of the cab, he noticed a delivery van speeding away from the
store. The side of the van had the words "Felini Movers" written on it.
caught a glimpse of the driver as the van passed. The driver was wearing a
dark mask with pointy ears.
"That's weird," Johnny
thought. Maybe the driver was going to a costume party after
shrugged. Gotham City was a strange place.
wanted to play with the world-famous KAT-2000, a cat-shaped robot made just
for kids. It could play games, help with chores, even make milkshakes. Toy Tower had
the only one in the whole world!
But when Johnny
went inside, he learned that the KAT-2000 had been stolen. The
police were looking for clues. But the thief had left no trace.
The store manager sighed. "We may never get the KAT-2000 back," she said.
"Don't be so sure of that," said a deep voice. Everyone turned to look.
couldn't believe it. Batman was here!
Just then, Johnny
remembered something important. He told Batman about the strange
van he had seen.
"The driver was wearing a dark mask with pointy ears?" asked Batman. "Hmmm..."
"There's something else," Johnny
said. "I heard on TV that the KAT-2000 runs on a
special kind of battery. Won't the thief need a supply of those?"
"Yes." Batman looked at Johnny
. "Could you identify that van if you saw it again?"
Batman smiled. "Would you like to take a ride?"
followed Batman to the Batmobile. He could hardly believe this was happening.
"Where are we going?" he asked.
"To the Supervolt Battery Factory," Batman said. "That's where the KAT-2000's battery
pack is made. I have a feeling you're right--the thief will have to stock up on the special
batteries, or the robot will be useless."
The Batmobile zoomed through the streets of Gotham City. In no time at all Batman and
reached the factory.
"There it is!" Johnny
cried. The "Felini Movers" delivery van was parked outside the
factory. A dark figure was loading crates into the van.
In the glow of a streetlight Johnny
saw the pointy ears of a mask.
"That's the driver I saw," he told Batman.
"Just as I suspected," Batman said. "It's Catwoman." He pointed to something shiny in
the back of the van. "And there's the KAT-2000."
"Catwoman, it's all over," Batman announced as he leapt from the Batmobile.
"That's what you think," Catwoman replied. She grabbed the KAT-2000 and ran.
Batman threw his Batarang, winding a rope around her legs.
"Look out!" Johnny
yelled. "The KAT-2000 is going to fall."
jumped out of the Batmobile and caught the KAT-2000 just before it hit the
ground. The robot was safe.
"Nice work, Johnny," said Batman.
"Drat!" cried Catwoman. "I really wanted that robot. It's purr-fect for me."
"I get it," Johnny
said. "You're a KAT burglar!"
Back home in Roswell, Georgia, Johnny
told Mom, Dad, and Jacob
all about his
exciting adventure. The police had arrived and arrested Catwoman. Batman slipped
away into the shadows.
The manager of Toy Tower was thrilled to get the KAT-2000 back. Johnny
his tour of the toy store--with the amazing robot as his guide. And best of all, Johnny
a postcard in the mail.
," it said. "Thanks for your help solving the KAT-2000 crime. I couldn't
have done it without you. Batman."