Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

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by Dav Pilkey
     
 

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An alien spaceship has landed on the roof of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. Three tall aliens plan to overtake the Earth using schoolchildren as their zombie nerd henchmen. Disguised as gigantic lunch ladies, they begin their evil plot. Another job for Captain Underpants!  See more details below

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An alien spaceship has landed on the roof of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. Three tall aliens plan to overtake the Earth using schoolchildren as their zombie nerd henchmen. Disguised as gigantic lunch ladies, they begin their evil plot. Another job for Captain Underpants!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fourth-grade cut-ups Harold and George and their principal-turned-superhero are as funny as ever in Pilkey's third Captain Underpants caper. (For those in the dark, the superhero in question is an underwear-clad, toilet-paper-toting crusader for "Truth, Justice, and ALL that is Preshrunk and Cottony"). As in the earlier installments, this zany tale adopts a variety of formats, including sprightly illustrated text; reproductions of the two boys' homemade comic books; and "flip-o-rama" pages that replicate "world-famous cheesy animation technique." Captain Underpants and his errant students here go up against a trio of aliens posing as lunch ladies. Suddenly students begin turning into "zombie nerds": "Look," says George, "They're all wearing broken eyeglasses held together with masking tape... and they've got vinyl pocket protectors!!!" It's all part of the aliens' quest to take over the world: "It won't be long now," says the evil Klax. "Tomorrow we'll feed them Super Evil Rapid-Growth Juice! Then they will grow to the size of Zleqxisfp trees." Those with a limited tolerance for the silly need not apply to the Captain Underpants fan club, yet its legion members will plunge happily into his latest bumbling adventure. Ages 7-10. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Here comes the third in the incredibly silly and amazingly popular series by Dav Pilkey. A space ship disgorges three aliens who, disguised as cafeteria ladies, turn the kids into zombies and take George and Harold prisoners. The boys save the day, however, with quick thinking, some label switching on the alien potions, and the help of their principal who changes into Captain Underpants when someone snaps fingers. To reach his audience, Pilkey uses a straightforward narrative, plus cartoons, some clever and silly double-page flip book machinations, asides to the reader, and contemporary references which may be lost on adults of a certain age. The appeal of this series seems to be to boys, older reluctant readers, and those who like to read together while pointing out the humor to each other. School librarians will want several copies--parents could wait for the paperback if their readers will let them.
Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Captain Underpants is back (and stronger than ever thanks to some "extra-strength super power juice"). Jerome Horwitz Elementary School is invaded by three "incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies" who are really hideously evil aliens in disguise. Their dastardly plan is to take over Earth by turning its inhabitants into giant zombie nerds starting with the children of Piqua, OH. Harold, George, and Captain Underpants once again save the day with quick thinking and Wedgie Power. Pilkey's hilarious black-and-white pencil cartoons complement the comic humor of the text. Added to the fun are the ever-present Flip-O-Rama pages and a zany Captain Underpants comic. Whether first-time readers of this series or avid fans, children will enjoy this outrageously funny adventure.-Krista Grosick, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Once again, it's Wedgie Power to the rescue, in a book subtitled "And the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)." When aliens Zorx, Klax, and Jennifer launch their invasion of Earth by converting the students and teachers of the Jerome Horwitz Elementary School into an army of zombies with pocket protectors, it's up to inveterate troublemakers George and Harold, with their feckless ally Captain Underpants (he's the mean principal's alter-ego), to save the planet. The deed is done in a crowd-pleasing welter of plot twists and bathroom humor, wisecracks and free shots at school food; Pilkey's black-and-white cartoons move from crudely-drawn comic books created by the boys to pages that readers are required to flip back and forth for an animated effect. As in the previous appearances of Captain Underpants (The Adventures of Captain Underpants, 1997, etc.), this gross but not gruesome adventure will have fans looking forward to the upcoming (and obviously perfectly tasteful) Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants. (Fiction. 8-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439049955
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Series:
Captain Underpants Series, #3
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
570,877
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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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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Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book ... funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a best book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harald and George make mean comic books about the lunch ladies.They said to the principal I quit.The principal found new lunch ladies, they were aliens.They put something in the food to turn the kids into zombies.Harald rememberd that in a snap the principal would turn into captain underpants.They beet the aliens and sent them back to there planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that a book should have alot of funny parts. This is a great book to read. I read all the other Captian Underpants. The book has a strange beginning . Aliens land on earth thats a old beginning. That is alot of books and they are comming out with more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate samples
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Crazy long title huh? This series is weird. I keep saying that but still. Fun too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 1st grade son loves these books. Just the right amount of "potty" humor, but not too over the top. He LOVES the Flip-o-rama pages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The great thing about these books is they are funny for the kids and include some adult humor. The story telling is so imaginative and entertaining. Some of these stories are a little gross (like book 6), but that is 3rd and 4th grade humor for you. This one is not in that catagory, it is just funny and witty.My son enjoyed it and so did I.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very funny. I liked the power juices. Giving the super power juice to Captain Underpants when he was attacked by the giant dandelion was a very good idea. I think this book was much funnier than the first two.I liked this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great because it's funny and action packed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think its a great book for kids with lots of adventure and comedy
Guest More than 1 year ago
The granda boys read it over and over!
codplayer1997 More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good children's book. I think that Captain Underpants is a very silly character he is the principal of the school Mr. Krupp. When children snap their fingers he changes into Captain Underpants. In this Captain Underpants Version the evil lunch ladies try to take over the school with their magical food. This books genre is fiction. Dav Pilky is the author of this book and the whole series of Captain Underpants. He is a Great author. The location of this story is in a Elementary school. I recommend this book for any kids under 10 years of age. For the parents it would be a silly book to read.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
We love the Captain Underpants books here, the kids for their silliness (and yes, gross humor) and the parents because these books have gotten our autistic son excited about reading and more importantly talking about reading, like no other. He eagerly snatches up the new book and runs over to show us which new sign Harold and George are going to mix up and turn into something gross this time. We've even caught him reading his Captain Underpants books-by choice! Now our daughter loves reading-anything--so getting her engaged isn't as hard. She, too, loves these books for their high giggle factor. In this third book (intimidatingly titled "Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)" ) finally brings Harold and George, creators of both the comic and real Captain Underpants and major prankster, into full hero roles as one of their pranks (a sciency one!) leads to them being the only students not turned into evil zombie nerds by alien invaders. So they and their principal, Mr. Krupp as his heroic alter ego, Captain Underpants, must save the world, and the school, from total destruction. Despite their sometimes destructive and often naughty ways it's stories like this which prove Harold and George and sweeties (and heroes) at heart. This is probably our favorite Captain Underpants story so far. Recommended for: 6-12
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Do you like humorous books. Well, if you do Captain Underpants is a good book to read. It is a book for upper elementary kids. There is two characters that get in trouble all the time. Those two boys are the people that made up Captain Underpants. Also they help Captain Underpants when he fights evil. In this book Captain Underpants is trying to stop these evil lunch ladies from taking over the school. If you want to find out if Captain Underpants beats the lunch ladies, you have to read the book. You should read Captain Underpants because it is an easy to read book. I enjoyed Captain Underpants because there was a picture on every page.
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Reader43 More than 1 year ago
As a mom, I don't really get the allure of this book however my 8 year old son loves this book and the entire Captain Underpants series. It has inspired him to read more and even to design his own comic book series. If you have a son who isn't interested in reading, start him on this series. It's a great way to get boys into reading and loving books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this Book was so good that I stayed up late.
Guest More than 1 year ago
dinner ladies from space come to a school and cook for them.