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

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

25 ½ CHAPTERS...100% More Wedgie Power! He defeated the diabolical Dr. Diaper....He terminated the terrible talking toilets....Now he's in for the fight of his life. Can Captain Underpants and his drawers hold up under the pressure from three massive, tentacled space aliens (in disguise) who are on a mission to enslave the whole planet? It's time to probe a ...

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Overview


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

25 ½ CHAPTERS...100% More Wedgie Power! He defeated the diabolical Dr. Diaper....He terminated the terrible talking toilets....Now he's in for the fight of his life. Can Captain Underpants and his drawers hold up under the pressure from three massive, tentacled space aliens (in disguise) who are on a mission to enslave the whole planet? It's time to probe a little further and find out in this all-new, wedgier alien adventure of Captain Underpants!

Only Captain Underpants can stop the three evil space aliens who have invaded Jerome Horwitz Elementary School and turned everyone into lunchroom zombie nerds.

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  • The Captain Underpants Series
    The Captain Underpants Series  

Editorial Reviews

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: 9780439049962
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Captain Underpants Series , #3
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 36,157
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Top-Secret Truth About Captain Underpants
1. George and Harold
2. The Evil Space Guys
3. Fun with Science
4. The Setup
5. Mr. Krupp's Krispy Krupcakes
6. What Happened Next
61/2. Here Comes the Goop!
7. The Wrath of the Cafeteria Ladies
8. Captain Underpants and the Night of the Living Lunch Ladies
9. Quittin' Time
10. Busted!
11. Brown Baggin' It
12. The Bottom of This
13. He Doesn't Believe Them
14. It's Too Late
15. The Incredibly Graphic Violence-- Chapter, Part 1 (in Flip-O-Rama)
16. The Assault of the Equally Evil-- Lunchroom Zombie Nerds
17. Oh Yeah?
18. Space Slaves
19. The Big Switcheroo
20. The Great Escape
21. The Deliriously Dangerous-- Death-Defying Dandelion of Doom
22. The Incredibly Graphic Violence-- Chapter, Part 2 (in Flip-O-Rama)
23. The Twenty-Third Chapter
24. To Make a Long Story Short
25. Back to Normal?
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Captain Underpants

Barnes & Noble.com: Did you always want to be a superhero -- or did you just "fall into" this job?

Captain Underpants: I've fallen into a lot of things in my life, but this job was not one of them. I was born to wear underwear and fight crime!

B&N.com: Did you have to undergo any special training to be a superhero?

CU: All you need to be a superhero is a heart that is pure, a mind that is strong, and underwear that is fresh!

B&N.com: You're always smiling! Don't you ever get irritated at George and Harold for causing so much trouble?

CU: No, those two boys have been a real help to me. I think every superhero needs a good sidekick. You know, Batman has Robin, Superboy has that flying dog thingy with the cape, and I have George and Harold. The only thing is that "George" and "Harold" don't sound like good names for superhero sidekicks. I've tried to talk them into "Fleegle" and "Buttercup," but, well, they're stuck in their ways, I guess.

B&N.com: How has all the publicity you've received from starring in Dav Pilkey's books changed your life?

CU: Well, I get recognized all the time. In the old days, when people saw me coming they often ignored me (or screamed). Now, they know my name and ask for autographs. They've always got requests, too, like, "Will you give my husband a wedgie?" It's great fun!

B&N.com: Do you have any dreams of starring in movies like some of your fellow superheroes have?

CU: Maybe.... I'm not sure who could play my part, though. Obviously, Leonardo DiCaprio is the first actor to come to mind (the physical resemblance astounds even me!), but I'm not sure he'd be up to the stunt work.

B&N.com: Who's your favorite superhero?

CU: Me! If I've learned anything from Whitney Houston, it's that "learning to love yourself is the greatest..." uh, something something something....

B&N.com: What do you like to do in your spare time (when you're not fighting crime)?

CU: A crime fighter's job is never finished! But on my breaks, I enjoy swimming and bowling (often at the same time, which really annoys the guys down at the bowling alley).

B&N.com: Don't you get cold running around in just your underwear?

CU: Nope. Wedgie Power keeps me warm!

B&N.com: Do you have any advice for kids who would like to join in your fight for "Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony"?

CU: Yes. See my answer to your second question.

B&N.com: Well, thank you, Captain Underpants. I know you have plenty of bad guys to catch and millions of other things to do, so I'll keep this brief...er...short, and just say that it's been a pleasure meeting you -- and that you're an inspiration to everybody who wears underpants! (Jamie Levine)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    This was one of the best books I ever read

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    It is so cool

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Me

    Samples are sooooo short

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    1st Grade Boy Humor!

    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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    kids will love this

    great book ... funny

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Funny

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2000

    THIS WAS A VERY GOOD AND INTERESTING BOOK!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    KIDS NEED MORE AUTHORS LIKE THIS !

    THESE BOOKS ARE OUTSTANDING...MY SON NEVER ENJOYED READING UNTIL WE FOUND THE 'CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS' SERIES.THESE BOOKS ARE A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES LAUGHTER, THEY'RE A GREAT GIFT IDEA,YOUR CHILDREN WILL 'WANT' TO READ. *WHEN IS THE RELEASE DATE FOR YOUR NEXT BOOK?*

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    A book you can't miss

    I thought the book was great because it's funny and action packed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    Underpant books

    I think its a great book for kids with lots of adventure and comedy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    how like it

    this is a best book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Fucken samples


    I hate samples

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    Okay

    Crazy long title huh?

    This series is weird. I keep saying that but still. Fun too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Great book

    The granda boys read it over and over!

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    I recommend this book

    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.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Fun

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Captain Underpants

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    I know when the next book is coming out!

    Captain Underpants and the terrifying re-turn of tippy tinkletrousers is coming out in May 29th.......... I think!

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A boy's dream book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Staying up late.

    this Book was so good that I stayed up late.

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