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The Adventures of Captain Underpants

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by Dav Pilkey
     
 

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The first book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school--and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!
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The first book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school--and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!
Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav's other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Few things command disrespect like the sight of a man wearing whitie-tighties. However, the bald and barefoot Captain Underpants happens to be a superhero. As one character notes, "Most superheroes look like they're flying around in their underwear....Well, this guy actually is flying around in his underwear!" The Captain, defender of "Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony," is the comic-book invention of two troublemaking fourth-graders, George and Harold. He comes to life after the boys use a mail-order device to hypnotize their diabolical school principal, who sheds his outergarments and battles crime in only a cape and Y-fronts. As his creators try to snap him out of the trance, Captain Underpants threatens bank robbers with "Wedgie Power" and foils the villainous Dr. Diaper (" `You know,' said George, `up until now this story was almost believable' "). Pilkey (Dog Breath) uses a sitcom-like formula to set up the rivalry between the boys and the principal, and to strip the authority figure of dignity. After a tepid exposition, he falls back on the notion that undies and mild bathroom humor are funny in themselves and, given his intended audience, he's probably right. Line drawings of the slapstick action appear on every page, and "Flip-O-Rama" climactic sequences create an agreeably corny "motion-picture" effect. But the lowbrow jokes (the Captain uses an elastic waistband to apprehend an evildoer) chiefly constitute this tale's harmless, non-gross appeal. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Karen Moroughan
Here's a chapter book filled with Dav Pilkey's offbeat humor. In a video for Scholastic, Pilkey admits that he invented the book's main heroic character in the second grade, where just the suggestion of bathroom humor was enough to send kids rollicking. So just who is Captain Underpants? The school principal, of course, so cleverly disguised that he himself doesn't know he's the good guy. The adventurous captain is duped into the role with the aid of a hypno-ring mail-ordered by two unruly boys. Pilkey's illustrations include a "flip-o-rama" chapter, which allows children to see movement and action cartoon-style.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--Pilkey plays with words and pictures, providing great entertainment. The story is immediately engaging--two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and who love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys' luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own superhero creation. Later, Pilkey includes several pages of flip-o-ramas that animate the action. The simple black-and-white illustrations on every page furnish comic-strip appeal. The cover features Captain Underpants, resplendent in white briefs, on top of a tall building. This book will fly off the shelves.--Mary M. Hopf, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In the fine old tradition of James Marshall's Cut-Ups, Pilkey (God Bless the Gargoyles, 1996, etc.) introduces George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two usually responsible fourth-graders, as in "whenever anything bad happened, George and Harold were usually responsible."

Pranksters of the first order, George and Harold are finally nabbed by Mr. Krupp, the principal, whom they then hypnotize into believing he's Captain Underpants, a superhero of their own creation. Before they can stop him, he's out the window in cape and briefs, off to fight crime with Wedgie Power, taking on bank robbers, robot thieves—" `You know,' said George, `up until now this story was almost believable!' "—and ultimately the evil Dr. Diaper. Distracting Dr. Diaper with some "fake doggy doo- doo," the boys save the planet, then hustle Krupp back into his clothes, just in time for—their next adventure, The Attack of the Talking Toilets, coming soon. Pilkey's stubby black-and-white cartoon figures appear on every page but can be animated in one chapter, thanks to "Flip-O-Rama," where readers flip pages back and forth for the "latest in cheesy animation technology." There'll be no silence in the library once readers get hold of this somewhat classier alternative to Barf-o-Rama books and their crude ilk.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590846288
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Captain Underpants Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
37,332
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Meet the Author

DAV PILKEY is the creator of many acclaimed children's books, including Dogzilla, Kat Kong, god bless the gargoyles, and the bestselling Captain Underpants series. His book The Paperboy received a Caldecott Honor. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. www.pilkey.com

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a friend in S.I. and she had to read for half an hour,so I asked her if she had a spare book for me.She gave me this book and told me to read it.I agreed.I laughed so much and so loud she actually told me to lower it or stop reading.This is a really good book to get kids who don't like to read to start reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Adventures of Captain Underpants series and felt that it was good entertainment for all ages. It was my younger brother's copy that I first picked up and I didn't first read it until I was 19. Since then I have enjoyed them and the return to a youthful immaturity that lies within us all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old son and I havent enjoyed a book this much in a long time! We cant wait to read all the others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is funny and it has Action, Thrills and Laffs
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this story to people. This book is about two kids that get a ring and the play with it. They make their pricipal turn into a superhero. He is a fake one. This superhero fights crime and protects the town from all evil villans. This book will make you feel better inside because it is funny, fiction, and a good book. Younger kids should read this when they get 6-10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 6 y.o. son loves Captain Underpants. We snuggle up and read it together, and he giggles hysterically. I'm glad to see him enjoying reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am 16 years old, and i picked up my little brother's Captain Underpants book one day, and it was awesome! i usually read more 'adulty' things i guess you could say, but i really wish Captain Underpants was around when i was a kid. Today i told my friends all about him and now they want to go read them too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard that the 'language' in the Captain Underpants series of books is not suitable for children--hogwosh! These books are the best I have read in a long time. They are silly and incredibly enjoyable. My 6 year old has read the whole series and is anxiously awaiting the next edition. I enjoyed reading them as much as he enjoyed listening to them. Keep up the great work, Dav!
Guest More than 1 year ago
CAPTIN UNDERPANTS IS GOOD FOR ALL AGES AND IM A GIRL AGE 11.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you like silly storys you'll definetly love captain underpants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a couple of friends in the third grade and this book is great for them. It's easy to read and is (laff) out loud funny. I recommend this book not only to children, but to adults also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the funniest childerens book I have ever read. I like the part with the fake dog doo doo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing so funney and fun I love it I give you all stars
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Bo!
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Fuch no
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I always have loved these books. They are cute, simple, funny comics that actually are pretty interesting. They are also pretty stupid-but in a good, funny way, you know? I love a lot of stuff just because they're stupid-I mean in the good stupid kind of way. By the way, I have a question. Are their any kids posting here, or is it just adults, or is it kids and adults????? I would tell if I was an adult or not, but I don't want you hunting me down like a creepy stalker or anything. So anyways, to answer my question name your headline #KidsAdults
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well hand it over bub! I love that part
lorenzebra More than 1 year ago
my second cousin who is 3 asked me if i knew who captain underpants was. i about had a heart attack i was like who do u know about him? i am 22 and i love the she knew about him .i loved reading his books when i was younger now i have started reading them again with her i love them even more
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This is awsome
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